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Try printing to pdf instead of saving as pdf. That will often give better results when having problems.
Solution works, did not have the option to print to pdf at first so i hadn't thought of using this as the solution.
I prefer "Save as PDF" because my customers don't always have Adobe Acrobat installed on their machine, which is required to "Print as PDF".
I use "copy and paste" method to successfully cure blacked out logo/picture; simply use "CTRL-C > CTRL-V" technique and paste directly into SolidWorks sheet format, by copying from other program (i.e. Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Paint, etc.).
The real issue I've noticed in past is that when bringing a logo/picture in as a "sketch picture" it can cause unforeseen problems (transparency often), but also has it's perks. Copy and paste method brings it in as an object; when double clicked in SolidWorks it opens internal Word window.
P.S. With copy and paste the object will have a black outline (in SolidWorks); this disappears during printing, or saving as PDF. I recommend PNG because typically less pixelated than JPG.
See snippet from example PDF below (Saved as PDF)