There are several ways to export a drawing to a PDF file–I have links to some other related tips below. But most don’t have a way for you to specify your scale, because they aren’t connected to the plotting process.
Instead, you can plot to a PC3 file that creates a PDF file. This method gives you the opportunity to specify your scale.
Follow these steps:
- Set up your viewport to the scale you want.
- With the viewport’s layout tab still displayed, choose Output tab> Plot.
- In the Plot dialog box, from the Printer/Plotter drop-down list, choose DWG To PDF.pc3.
- From the Paper Size drop-down, choose the paper size you want.
- Specify any other settings you want.
- Click OK.
- AutoCAD opens the Browse for Plot File dialog box, where you can specify the PDF file’s name and location.
- Click Save.
Your drawing goes through the plotting process and you’ll see the Plot Notification balloon at the lower-right corner. You can click the balloon’s link to see the Plot and Publish Details window.
Saving your layout setup
You can create a plot setup with these settings. Then you can apply that setup any time you want to output a PDF file for a layout. Follow these steps:
- Right-click the layout tab and choose Page Setup Manager.
- Click New, name the setup and click OK.
- In the Page Setup Manager dialog box, specify your settings as you would in the Plot dialog box.
- Click OK.
- When you’re ready to plot, open the Plot dialog box. From the Plot Setup drop-down list, choose your plot setup.
Find out more about creating PDF files:
Steps done in AutoCAD 2011.
Do you create PDF files from your drawings? What method do you use? Leave a comment!