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"save as" 3D PDF option produces ambient lighting that is too dark

Question asked by Ben Berkmortel on Sep 14, 2011
Latest reply on Sep 14, 2011 by Scott McFadden

Good day all.


I have a SolidWorks assembly that I wish to generate a 3D PDF from.  To generate the PDF I use "save as", select PDF as the filetype and then check the box create as 3D PDF file.  The file that is generated works fine - very impressive to management used to standard flat PDF outputs - but the overall lighting level of the PDF is too dark.


I have tried increasing the ambient lighting of the assembly file (to maximum - 1.0) , and increasing the ambient lighting of some (but not all) of the individual part files, but without effect on the final 3D PDF file.  The brightness of the newly generated files is the same as the first exported 3D PDF.


Does any one have any experience with this - any suggestions to try or tips to help the situation?