Workaround Tip - Print only a selected area of a drawing.

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Workaround Tip - Print only a selected area of a drawing.

Postby Clive » Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:28 pm

This ‘Workaround’ tip is based on Andrews post –


To print only a selected area of a drawing – (method works on black/or white background)
The original drawing ‘crazy mess’ was drawn on 5 layers of different colours.

1.Create drawing on your designated layer (1st image).
2.Create new layer – ‘overlay’ with colour set to white.
3.Working on layer overlay – draw a polyline/rectangle around only the area you want to print.
4.Draw another polyline/rectangle around the whole drawing.
5.Select both polylines/rectangles and from main menu > Draw > Hatch > create a solid fill
(2nd Image).

*Note you may need to move this layer to the front – Modify > Bring to front.

6. Switch to print preview and adjust the scale/offset (you can temporarily turn off layer overlay
If you need to).
Make sure that white is printed as white and not black – Edit > Preferences > Graphics View and untick -
'Auto correct black and white colours '.

*This is important otherwise you will get a black overlay instead of white.
Crazy mess 1.jpg
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crazy mess 2.jpg
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Crazy mess 3.jpg
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Re: Workaround Tip - Print only a selected area of a drawing

Postby andrew » Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:35 pm

Excellent, very complete.
Thanks for the post (and the artwork :D)!
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