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I am working on a small TI job. I sent the floor plan and 2 perspective views to my layout page. I sent the perspective views as a technical illustration.

In the layout page the line look nice a dark. When I made a PDF out of the page and printed the sheet the perspective views printed much lighter. The

floor plans printed fine.


Does anyone know why perspective views are printing much lighter than the floor plan ? Is there a setting that will make the lines print darker ?





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I think it has to do with transparency's in the drawing. When I actually print it, it seems to be ok. Sometimes I darken or change the color of some pattern roof and brick lines to black, some are white or light gray and don't print well.

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The perspective views I sent to the layout page kooks nice and dark.

After saving the layout to a PDF is when the perspective views lightened up.

I would guess its about 50% lighter than in the layout page.


Do you make your changes before you send it to the layout page or

do you make the changes in the layout page ?

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I don't think it matters if you open it from the layout or just open the plan. Try to actually print one out.

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