Making sure the Drawing is Constructed 1:1
Drawings are almost always drawn in real size (1:1) with a CAD system. If this is not the case for your drawing, you might want to correct this before proceeding. You can scale your drawing by any given factor using the Modify > Scale tool if necessary.
Drawing Borders, Text Labels, Dimensions
If your drawing has a drawing border or header, scale the border or header instead of scaling your drawing. For example, if your drawing is to be printed with a scale of 1:5 (factor 0.2 or five times smaller than real size), scale your drawing border or drawing header with a factor of 5, i.e. insert it five times larger than you want it to print. The same scale should be applied to text labels and dimension properties (dimension arrows, labels, gaps, etc.).
Printing the Drawing to Scale
1. Open the DXF/DWG file with QCAD.
2. Edit > Drawing Preferences (NOT Application Preferences)
3. Check and adjust the drawing unit and paper unit under 'General > Drawing Unit':
4. Check and adjust 'Printing > Page > Paper Size' and 'Scale' (if known):
5. Check and adjust 'Printing > Multi Pages > Glue Margins'. These margins are used as overlap when printing to multiple pages but also influence the tools to automatically fit or center the drawing on paper:
6. In the same dialog page, you can also adjust the number of columns and rows to use when printing to multiple pages:
7. File > Print Preview
8. If the desired scale of the drawing is NOT known, click the button to adjust the drawing scale to the chosen paper:
9. Optionally, adjust the scale to the accurate, desired scale (10:1 in this example):
10. Optionally, adjust the paper position using the tool 'Move Paper Position':
... or use the button to center the drawing on the chosen paper(s):
11. To print in black / white or gray scale, click the appropriate icon in the options tool bar:
12. Your drawing should be shown on a white paper as shown here. If your drawing is shown on a gray background, please check your paper and scale settings.
If you have chosen to print to multiple pages, the pages are shown beside / below each other:
13. To print the drawing, choose 'File > Print'.
14. To export the drawing to PDF, choose 'File > PDF Export'.
- If your print out is very light or fine (thin lines), you might want to adjust the widths of your entities. Line widths are usually controlled through layer properties. Select the layer which prints too fine, then choose Layer > Edit Layer and change the width to something thicker:
Advanced Printing Concepts
For more advanced printing concepts including layout blocks and viewports, please refer to this topic:
Working with Layout Blocks and Viewports
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