I have xref's as my backgrounds and they are on a locked layer. The layer is faded because of the layer being locked. How do I get the layer to print faded like that? It used to do it in 2011, but when I upgraded to 2012 it stopped doing it.
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The layerfade and xreffade controls are just a visual on-screen fade and do not affect plotting. The only way I know to affect plotting like this besides applying a pen table or changing the layer color of the xref layer is to use the layer transparency options. Starting with 2011 we were able to add a layer transparancey in the layer manager for selected xref's. I use a filter to select the xref layers and then apply like a 70% transparency level. When plotting, make sure you check the "Plot transparency option" This should get the affect you are looking for.