Terry Raymond

Print PDF vs Save PDF

Discussion created by Terry Raymond on Nov 11, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 14, 2011 by Denny Metcalf

I spent some time trying to make a good PDF of a drawings with both wireframe and shaded views.  Thought I would share what I found here as this information is hard to find on the forum.


What I learned:

Use print to PDF for wireframe drawings.

Use save as PDF for drawings with shaded views.

High quality print setting in Solidworks is useless.

An option for a good render instead of using TIFF - use Save to PDF with a 600 DPI, then convert the PDF to PNG with PDFXchange.



Some of what I tried below...


Using Print to PDF:

The printed PDF without the shaded view is 250kb.

By default, the wireframe views look great (vector lines I think), but the shaded view has ~100dpi and looks like crap.  400kb file.

If I select "high quality" inside solidworks, & "standard quality" (600dpi), inside Adobe distiller, the whole sheet is pixelated to 300dpi. 700kb.

If I select "high quality" inside solidworks & "high quality" (2400dpi) inside Adobe distiller, the whole sheet is still 300pdi. 2200kb.

Couldn't get better results with PDF reDirect.


Using Save to PDF:

The saved PDF without the shaded view is 430kb.

By default, the "Shaded/Draft geometry DPI" is set to 96.  Looks identical to the default PDF print.  560kb.

If I set the "Shaded/Draft geometry DPI" 300, the PDF looks exactly how I want it to with vector wireframe lines, 300dpi image.  1400kb.


Can't figure out how to get the "Shaded/Draft geometry DPI" setting to apply to printing, would be ideal.


The image when saved as a lossless PNG is 4000x2500 pixels and has a file size of 200kb.

So the ideal file size should be 450kb PDF.

But PDF's don't seem to compress pictures very well.. guess that is not SW's fault. =)



If I'm overlooking something please let me know...