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usu2002
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PDF Underlay prints grey

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10-26-2011 08:09 AM

I have recently upgraded to Civil 3D 2012.  I am using some drawings that I created in 2011.  In those drawings, I have attached some PDF's.  With 2011, the PDF's printed as expected.  Now, in 2012, the PDF's print greyed back.  I assume it is simply a setting in Autocad and I don't know what that setting is.  The fade for the PDF's is zero and the layer is not set to print transparent.  Your help is much appreciated.

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natureforms
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Re: PDF Underlay prints grey

11-21-2011 08:30 AM in reply to: usu2002

I have had this problem as well once I upgraded to 2012.  

 

I just sucessfully printed a PDF underlay that did not result in a greyed out underlay.  

 

To accomplish this I did the following:

 

Command:  ADJUST or PDFADJUST

Select PDF Underlay

Enter PDF Underlay Option [ Fade/Contrast/Monochrome]:   SELECT CONTRAST

Enter contrst value:  ENTER 100 ( MINE WAS ON 75)

 

After doing the above , the PDF was not greyed out anymore.  I never had the problem when printing to a physical plotter, but only when printing to a PDF; however this fixed the problem.

 

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usu2002
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Re: PDF Underlay prints grey

11-21-2011 08:51 AM in reply to: natureforms

That's great.  Thank you very much!

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PDSF
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Re: PDF Underlay prints grey

04-16-2012 01:13 PM in reply to: usu2002

Sorry to hijack this thread, but I am having the same problem and the fix mentioned above isn't working.  I have a long multipage PDF inserted with the pdfattach command.  It prints fine to our in-house printer, but exporting to PDF results in faint grey text.  PDFADJUST/contrast (and fade) make no difference.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  TIA.

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Alfred.NESWADBA
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Re: PDF Underlay prints grey

04-16-2012 01:29 PM in reply to: PDSF

Hi,

 

>> but exporting to PDF results in faint grey text

Really PDF-export (1) or did you use the PLOT-command (2).

If 1) ... try 2)

if 2) ... what driver/PC3 did you use?

 

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PDSF
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Re: PDF Underlay prints grey

04-16-2012 01:40 PM in reply to: Alfred.NESWADBA

Really PDF Export.  I always create PDFs this way or with the Publish command.  We need to be able to publish all sheets at one time.  Printing to the "Adobe PDF" printer is extremely slow and results in a blank output (this problem exists with all files, not just this one).  There is no .pc3 file involved.

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Re: PDF Underlay prints grey

04-16-2012 01:44 PM in reply to: PDSF

Hi,

 

>> Printing to the "Adobe PDF" printer is extremely slow

Why do you use Adobe to get the files written in PDF-format? Why don't you try the "DWG to PDF.PC3" for plotting? Try it and let us know if the referenced PDF is then visible in color.

 

BTW: when you do _PUBLISH, do you also get then the greyed embeded PDF as a result?

 

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Re: PDF Underlay prints grey

04-16-2012 01:50 PM in reply to: Alfred.NESWADBA

Results are as follows:

 

Printing to DWGtoPDF.pc3 prints fairly quickly but with faded output.

Printing to "Adobe PDF" printer usually hangs and crashes, if it doesn't hang and crash it produces null output.

Publishing or exporting to PDF both produce faded output.

 

I would attach an example, but this forum has a ridiculously small attachment size limit.

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Re: PDF Underlay prints grey

04-16-2012 01:53 PM in reply to: PDSF

Hi,

 

>> I would attach an example, but this forum has a ridiculously small attachment size limit.

If you create a new drawing with just one PDF referenced, and you prepare the PDF to has just one side, you won't come down to 1.5MB (zipped)? Of course, the problem should be reproducable with this "mini-sample" :smileywink:

 

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Re: PDF Underlay prints grey

04-16-2012 01:53 PM in reply to: PDSF

PS, the problem is not lack of color.  The problem is black text printing as very faded grey, unreadable and unprintable.  The PDF originated as a Word document, and I would be happy to attach it as an OLE object but you can't attach multipage Word files in Autocad.

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