Support for transparency, gradient shading, etc. varies by format. PDF, SVG and EMF have different levels of support for such features in their native formats. This too changes by SAS release, as more features are available in newer releases. So, when a rendering feature is supported in the requested format due to lack of support for things like transparency, or gradient coloring, etc, then a fully rendered image is embedded into the output.
If the appropriate output format is more important than a rendering feature, you can remove the offending feature like transparency, or skin to get the rendering in the right format.
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