Category Archive for: Printing and Plotting

Plotter and Printer Hardware Considerations

Positioning an AutoCAD drawing on the printer output is something of an art. Before you are faced with a deadline with hundreds of plots to produce, you may want to create some test plots and carefully refine your plotter settings so that you’ll have AutoCAD set up properly for those rush jobs. Part of the setup process will…

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Storing a Page Setup

Unlike most other programs, AutoCAD offers hundreds of page setup options. It can be quite a chore keeping track of and maintaining all of these options. But as you settle into using AutoCAD, you’ll probably find that you will set up a few plotter configurations and stick to them. AutoCAD 2000 lets you save a page setup under a…

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Plotting Multiple Layout Tabs

When you first open a Layout tab, you see the Page Setup dialog box. Since Layout tabs show you the layout ‘of your drawing as it will appear when it is plotted, layouts need to be linked to a sheet size..You can also link each Layout tab to a different plot style table. This means that you can produce…

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Assigning Plot Styles Directly to Layers and Objects

So far, you’ve learned that you can control how AutoCAD translates drawing colors into plotter output. You also have the option to assign plot styles directly to objects or layers. In order to do this, you need make a few changes to the settings in AutoCAD and you also need to have a named plot style table. So far,…

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Colors and Line Weights in the San Francisco Main Library

Technical drawings can have a beauty of their own, but they can also be deadly boring. What really sets a good technical drawing apart from a poor one is the control of line weights. Knowing how to vary and control line weight in both manual and CAD drawings can make a huge difference in the readability of…

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Setting Color, Line Corner Styles, and Shading Patterns with Plot Styles

AutoCAD 2900 introduces a new feature called plot style tables. Plot style tables are settings that give you control over how objects in your drawing are translated into hard copy plots. You can control how colors are translated into line weight and how area fills are converted into shades of gray or screened corers, as well as many other…

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WYSIWYG Plotting Using Layout Tabs

You’ve probably noticed the tabs at the bottom of the drawing area labeled Model, ,Layout 1, and Layout-2. So far, you’ve done all of your work in the Model tab, also known as Model Space. The other two Layout tabs open views to your drawing that are specifically geared toward printing and plotting. The Layout views allow…

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Understanding the Plotter Settings

In this section, you’ll explore all of the settings that are available in the Plot Settings tab of the Plot dialog box. These settings give you control over the size and orientation of your image on the paper. They also let you control what part of your drawing gets printed. All of these settings work together to give…

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Printing and Plotting

Getting hard copy output from AutoCAD is something of an art. You’ll need to be intimately familiar with both your output device and the settings available in AutoCAD. You will probably spend a good deal of time experimenting with AutoCAD’s plotter settings and with your printer or plotter to get your equipment set up just the way you want.…

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