AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Print To A PDF With Black Background

May 20, 2011

Is there any way to print to a PDF and have the background remain black? I know how to make the colors stick for the objects but colors like yellow and cyan are hard to see on a white background.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Place Black Background On Drawing?

Aug 28, 2013

I am trying to place a black background on a drawing so once it is printed it will be easier to read. I place a solid hatch in a boundary and use the DRAWORDER command to place in underneath everything else, but when I plot the dwg to pdf the black hatch comes out grey in the pdf (see attached pdf)

Is there an alternative that I can use to add a black background to a dwg?

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Background Mask Plots Partial Black On MText

Oct 16, 2012

I have this problem with my MText Background Mask. You can take a look at the two attachments. Each one gives me the same issue, but with different MText objects. I'm also plotting to a KIP5000 and a SHARP All in One, and I get similar results, except in some of the MText, they come out in a random color as well. The pc3's for all devices are set to Lines Merge.

The text is actually part of an xref file, and if I plot directly from the file they are in, I have no problem. I did a test where I copied the text into the sheet file, and got similar results when the text is in modelspace, and I got my intended results when the text is in paperspace. Now, this is the way I want to go...but the company standard is to draw it all in the xref, so I have to figure out how to get around this.

I've gone back and forth with the Merge/Overwrite options in the pc3, and when plotting to PDF and SHARP, I get the correct output with Overwrite, but the KIP just completely ignores the background mask with Overwrite. 

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: DWG To PDF - Lines Plot As Gray Instead Of Black?

May 9, 2011

Unfortunately I am using ACAD 2000 so bear with me and the only ACAD training I have is a 3 day crash course at the local software reseller.

I am attempting to plot a drawing that was created from a template into a .pdf but it is plotting colored lines instead of black lines. 

Here is some background info.  My template is set up as a .dwt which I will save as a .dwg when I begin to make my drawings.  Plot style table is “monochrome.stb” and I have selected Adobe .pdf as my plotter configuration.  I then select the “Properties” then go to “Custom Properties”, “Paper/Quality” tab and then select “Black & White” as my color.

When I go to plot the drawing as a pdf and do a preview of what I am about to plot, I see that the lines that make up the drawing are a shade of gray in color.  All my lineweights in the layers property manager are set to default.  I have attached a blank drawing that is based off of my template.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: 3D Drawing Won't Plot In Black And White Using CTB

Nov 21, 2011

We do most of our drawing in 2D – quaint I know, but that’s the way the office works.  On occasion we’ll do something as a solid model to guide a client understand a complex roof or a clearance problem. We started a model for a project we are working on and ended up using it as building elevations.

The problem is with plotting. If I use our standard office CTB (which is set to print as black), I get color printouts no matter what I try. I have tried using an STB and changing all our layer colors to “7” in an attempt to make it print black, but I'm getting extremely undesirable - seemingly random - line weight results.

The client wants the next project done in 3D as well and I’d like to be able to have the elevations look right.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Wipeouts Plot Solid Black?

Jun 8, 2011

We have two Xerox 6204 Wide Format plotters, one in my office and one in another.  When I plot the wipeouts (w/in blocks on layer 0, color 255 which is set to 0 screening) it plots as it should.

When the same file plotted with the same *.ctb file in the other office the Xerox plots same wipeouts come out completely black.  (The LaserJet prints are not effected).

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Print / Plot Preview Shows Section Of Drawing

Jan 20, 2012

I'm using autocad 2000 and I have a problem printing & plotting.  The print, plot preview only shows a section of the drawing. What settings do I need to change for the entire drawing to print for the paper size I need.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Colors Are Printing In Black

Jan 11, 2013

I have a problem when I print documents regardless of the printer I use.

If the document is on the network, colors are printing in black.

But if I copy this document locally on my computer, colors are printing normally.

Note : I'm using AutoCAD 2012 LT

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: JPEGs Plotting Solid Black?

Jan 13, 2013

I'm using a HP DesignJet T1100 (non postscript). I have inserted a screen capture of a google map into a sheet as a area/aerial location map for the project. Unfortunately, the jpeg is plotting out as solid black. I have tried inserting it in different ways but same result when plotting. I understand the difference between PS and nonPS plotters/drivers but I was under the impression that there was a setting to plot images in nonPS plotter dialouge box. I did find various incarnations of my question but nothing that directly speaks to it.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Plotting Grey Instead Of Black LT 2010?

Aug 11, 2011

how to stop AutoCAD Lt from ploting in grey... it doesnt seem to make sense to me why this is happening. We use to have Autocad 2007 and a lot of the files that we still work from were created in that. Everytime files are now plotted to pdf parts of the drawing appear a very light grey as oppose to black which is how they appear on the screen. In the plot style table in the page setup they are also black - and I have tried changing it from monochrome to custom pen assignments, nothing seems to change it. The files are usually in stb as oppose to ctb. whole page prints black or the colours that I have actually clicked on?

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: OLE Spreadsheet Plots Solid Black

Feb 27, 2013

Just upgraded my PC and before when I select plot quality "high graphics" the spreadsheet comes out low resolution, if I use monochrome spreadsheets came out perfectly defined.

Now with the new PC High graphics still comes out the same but when I select monochrome all I get is a solid black block. If the OLE object is an image (BMP) it comes out perfect with monochrome,it only happens with excel files

I search the forums for an answer but the closest I found was changing the OLE type under properties (currently is embedded); problem is the field is grayed out and cannot be changed just as the source application (ms excel 2003)

By the way, on the older files created with my old PC if I just open and print them from the new computer they come out perfect; if I open the OLE file and modify it, the solid black block shows up regardless if I print to PDF or print on paper.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Black Box Appearing On Xref Image When Plotting?

Jan 10, 2014

When I try to plot the file from the layout the middle and right part of my xref'ed image comes out as a black box - the top, bottom and left edge are fine. As are the line-drawings from two other xref on top of the image. The problem accourse both when I try to a physical copy on our plotter and when I try to plot to a pdf.

I'm working in autoCAD 2013 for mac and the files I'm working on are located on a server.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Solid Hatch Color 255 Prints Black?

Mar 24, 2003

Because of the problems with wipeouts, I have switched to using some solid hatch set to colour 255. The hatch is in paperspace, sitting under titleblock and other Layout text. I am plotting to an HP1050C, using a .ctb file with 255 set with grayscale off.

The plot preview is fine, but the hatch blocks come out black on paper. I thought this was the problem with wipeouts, and that hatch didn't suffer from it.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: How To Get White Background Back

Sep 19, 2012

In plot preview I allways get black background. How do I get white background back?

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Background Mask Dots

Mar 10, 2010

When printing a plan with a background mask, the mask shows as a bunch of ting gray dots. Also we have a plot style, using STB, that is supposed to print white, but it too prints as a light gray hatch. It is not that big of a deal until we scan to run sets. The dots and hatch get picked up more intensely by the scanner and it looks like hell, a big gray background. It happens on label masks too: contours, structures, etc. Wipeouts are okay, but those are not used much anymore. I am printing to an OCE TDS600 with current drivers, I have even tried older drivers. I also tried printing to DWF then to the printer and got the same result. Printing to DWF actually added little gray plus signs for the wipeout. The scanner is a OCE TDS600, and we plot with the grays & lines setting.

I have heard the dots are unavoidable, but I really don't want to believe that because it makes our plans look like crap.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Publishing In Background - Active Window?

Sep 8, 2011

For some reason, when using publish in 2012, it keeps taking me out of whatever window I have active at the moment. In all my versions of cad, I've never once had this issue.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: EPlot DWG To PDF Renderer Fills Fonts And Other Entities With Enhanced Black

Feb 1, 2013

I have been having this issue with autocad generated color PDF printouts having "fuzzy" fonts and some other black objects.  What I have traced it to is that the PDF created by the stock Autodesk PDF ePlot renderer/driver is printing those fonts (and other things like lines with global width) in rich or enhanced black.  75,68,67,90 CMYK to be precise.  When this is done without some sort of 100% K border (and sometimes even with) it leads to a blurring of the edges because the registration is never perfect.  There is often even some ghosting due to the sheer amount of toner.

Some printer drivers have a way of forcing or selecting this "Enhanced Black" but I see nothing in the settings.  I wonder if this can be externalized.  It seems that at least fonts should almost never have this turned on.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Printing In 3D - Some Solid Items Print With Wire Frame

Jan 12, 2011

When printing in 3d with the vp set to 3dhidden and the shade plot set to hidden legacy some solid items print with the wire frame.  This usualy happens with torus and cones.  How do I stop this?

In the example look at the U-bolt.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Can't Print To HP Designjet T770 From 2012 On Windows 7 Machine

Oct 14, 2011

I am having trouble printing to an HP Designjet T770 from AutoCad LT 2012, on a Windows 7 computer.

I am using the HPGL/2 driver. I can print a test page, and I can print from other programs.

When I try to print, it looks like it is sending it normally, but the printer just ignores it.

I am able to print to this printer from AutoCad 2010 on a Vista computer.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: How To Print Multiple Layout Pages In A Printer

Oct 14, 2012

I have multiple layout pages (58 pages) and would like to print them in a printer at once. How do I do that?

Currently, I open 1 layout at a time then print it 1 by 1, in which its killing me specially if I do have lots of drawings.

Publish does saving in DWF, PDF... But does not print in the printer.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: DWG To PDF Batch Print To Single Sheet File

Sep 30, 2013

We just started in 2014 last week.  When we batch plot to PDF using the DWG to PDF driver we get multi-page files no matter which is selected in the Publish Options. Any way to allow single sheet PDF creation?

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Screened Lines In PDF Print Blue / Purple?

Jul 14, 2011

I have a drawing where some lines have a 60% screening in there Plot Style.  The print great from AutoCAD.  But when I create a PDF and then print the PDF the Screened lines show up kind of blue / purple.

I am plotting to a Cannon iPF720 on 22x34 paper from Acrobat Reader X.  I'm creating the PDF from AutoCAD 2012.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Fatal Error When Print To Acrobat Converter

Nov 16, 2011

I get "Fatal Error: Unhandled c000000dh Exception at 24079af3h" every time when I print to pdf with Acrobat 9 in AutoCAD 2012. However, the Acrobat converter is working properly in other applications. It only happens in ACad 2012.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Same Line Weights On Different Layers Print Out At Different Scales?

Aug 1, 2013

I have two layers. One is set to red color, the other to blue color (using ctb). I have both layers defaulted to 1 mm line weight thickness. Blue is continuous and Red is dashed. 

When printing the blue layer prints at the correct weight of 1mm, while the dashed red layer prints at a much smaller thickness. All line properties are set to default or bylayer (this is not being caused by the lines having individual special properties).

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Cannot Print Imported Images - Large Bitmap

Sep 7, 2012

I work in AutoCAD 2010.

(AMD 64 X2 4200+, 2Gb RAM, C: 7Gb free, D: 17 Gb free)

I can not print imported images (JPG or TIFF) large size 80 - 260 Mb.

Print all but the raster! I tried to print on a plotter in JPG, TIFF, in whole or in parts, useless.

If I export the whole project in JPG 2000x3000 pix, all right, but I have 9000x10000 pixels - that size is not exported.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Randomly Get Fatal Error Every 10 To 15 Drawings That Print?

Aug 23, 2011

When I am printing from AutoCAD LT 2012, I randomly get this error message every 10 to 15 drawings that I print. Considering that I print 10-15 drawings at one time, I am getting a fatal error every time I print a set. Why? I don't get this error when printing in AutoCAD 2011LT or 2012 Full Version.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Xref Title Block Will Not Print In Color Windows 7 64bit

Feb 3, 2012

I'm having an issue with Autocad LT 2010 where when I xref in my title block which has our company logo in color, the logo will only print in black and white.  If i open just the title block and print it, it will then print in color.  I only seem to have this problem when the title block is xref'd in.  I downloaded the 2012 demo version of AutoCadLT and it prints just fine?This has just started happening when my computer was upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Acrobat Standard X Processing Very Slowly To Print Desktop File

Jul 4, 2011

I have both ACad 2002 and 2012, (both 32-bit) installed. I have plenty of RAM.

I'm converting a .dwg file to a .pdf and plotting to the desktop to either send out the pdf file or print to myself.

My problem is that it takes "what seems like forever" to plot a .pdf file to the desktop using 2012.

My situation is:

1. In 2002, using the Adobe pdf driver it takes 6.7 seconds from the time I press plot until the pdf file appears on my desktop.

2. In 2012, using the same 2000 formated file opened in 2012 it takes 37 seconds for the file to appear on my desktop.

3. In 2012, using a .pc3 driver, the same file, qsaved and formatted to 2012 takes 34 seconds to appear on the desktop.

Acrobat was installed on my computer prior to ACad 2012 but I've uninstalled/reinstalled Acrobat and I get the same result as above.

Is there anyway to speed Acrobat up? I defrag'd, cleaned the registry but I get the same results.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Change Print Limits Of A Layout

Sep 12, 2012

I’ve done it before in the past so I know its possible but I have forgotten how. See the attached image I would like to change the printable area of my paper space layout.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Print Preview Thick Lines?

Jan 8, 2014

I received an Autocad file from another person, opened it with Autocad 2011 LT, and it looks fine. But when I go to print preview all the lines are very thick, making the detail of the drawing difficult to see. I've tried manually changing the lineweights but it has no effect on some of the layers. Is there an easier way to fix this other than recreating layers?

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Can't Print Something In Real World Inches

Aug 3, 2013

im trying to make a simple rectangle thats 9" long and 1/2 " high. and when i set it up in autocad it will not print out that size not sure if im doing something wrong in the units settings or in the plot. farly new to the auto cad program 

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