Marketing has asked me for a wireframe drawing with dimensions. I can't find a way to do this that doesn't look terrible (I assume due to the aliasing in the lines.) My image quality is set to max. Are there any suggestions to make this look better?
The PDF should be vector. If it isn't that is your problem. Here's a screen grab from a PDF I just exported:
Drawings tend to look better when they are printed. On screen the limited number of pixels makes drawings look messier than what they are. I often need to print out my more complex drawings several times during the drawing process to make sure they are readable.
Also, it seems that saving the drawing as a PDF file, and then printing it from the PDF instead of directly from the SolidWorks drawing improves the quality of drawing views that are shown in shaded display style.
in case your marketing need an image file, you can use "save as" to write a high-resoution PNG/JPEG/TIFF file. Should look better by far...
I tried jpg and png. It doesn't look any better.
If you have Adobe Writer, try printing to pdf file. If not there is a Bullzip version that is free for non commercial use. If that works, they have a commercial version for less than $70. www.bullzip.com
I have acrobat. My default format is "Save to PDF." That is where I started.
It does take more than the Adobe viewer. It would be File Print and select the printer.\
Here is comparison of save as pdf vs print to pdf. Print to pdf is on the left. B size zoomed in to 400%.
Have you used "Options" and "Print Capture" with 300 or 600 DPI for your output?
Originally it was set to screen capture. I switched it to Print caputre and set it to 1200 DPI. It might be marginally better, but it is still a long way from good.
You can't send it to them as a PDF? Can they use EMF or SVG? You should be getting it to them in a vector format, if possible.
The PDF looks terrible.
Can you pack and go something and post it? I can send you back a PDF that should be vector and look good. Do you have SW 2019?
Scott Perman - I've done a few Operators Manuals and Sales Sheets over the years, two file formats that I've saved the files as...
I've done a little bit as a save as a High DPI jpeg with mixed results, if you can zoom in as big as possible, do your save and then reduce the size in the next document.
Thanks for everyone's help. I had originally started with a PDF file, and it looked terrible. Once I started making changes, I never went back to try the PDF again. Now it looks pretty good ( although I will give tif and AI a try.)
It is interesting that I get slightly different results using Save As PDF and print to Adobe. The variation looks to be in the line weight. (My copy of Acrobat is ancient, so that may contribute to the difference.)
Unrelated to the printing problem, but changing the aa settings in the nvidia control panel made a huge difference in the quality of the display when working in SW.
Back from the old pen plotters where you told it what pen that had different widths to use for different line fonts., solid or hidden Save as pdf uses the Line Font for line widths, same as what you see on the monitor. The print to pdf uses the line thickness setting document settings.
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