GRAPHICS TUTORIAL # B2
Converting an AutoCAD Drawing into PDF File
CP-208 Plan Preparation Studio - Prof. Elizabeth Macdonald
In this tutorial we will learn to create a PDF File from an AutoCAD drawing.
There are four possible methods to bring an AutoCAD drawing into an Adobe Illustrator le
To directly place an AutoCAD drawing in the Illustrator le
Converting an AutoCAD drawing into a PDF format and placing the PDF in the Illustrator le
Copy and paste (only to be used if 1 and 2 are not successful)
Save as an EPS
Method 1 is the simplest, as one can simply place the AutoCAD drawing in the Illustrator le by using th
eplace command. However in this method the drawing is not at any particular scale and needs to be scaledmanually using a scale bar as a reference. This process can be tedious and not highly accurate.
Method 2 involves one extra step of making a PDF le out of the autocad drawing. The advantage in usin
gthis method is that the output PDF can be at the required scale. Thus when we place the PDF into the
Illustrator le it is at the required scale and requires no further adjustments in terms of scale
Creating a PDF:
Adobe PDF writer / Acrobat distiller are required to be able to convert a drawing from AutoCAD to a PDF. Creating a PDF is similar to printing from AutoCAD, the only difference is to selection of the Adobe PDF writer or Acrobat distiller as the printer.
STEP - I. Selecting the Printer:
1. Open AutoCAD and open the footprint map created in the
TUTORIAL # B1
2. Type ‘plot’ in command line. From the “File” menu select “Plot..” 3. A “Plot” dialog box will appear.4. Click on the “Plot Device” tab if it is not already active.
5. Under the “Plotter Conguration” select the printer which is the PDF writer OR Acrobat distiller.
Printer/PlotterPulldownSelect PlotStyle Manager