Here, We will discuss about basic Print Functionality.
# Where is Print in DraftSight?
You can run Print Command in followings ways. Remember Print in Model and Print in Sheet are slightly different.
1. Print Command: Type PRINT in Command Line.
2. Go to File > Print…
3. Click on Print button on Standard Toolbar
4. RMB on Model or Sheet Tabs
# How to Use Print in DraftSight?
When you run Print Command You will see following dialog box in DraftSight
This print db contains lots of Settings and Options we will see all Settings and Options one by one.
1. Printer/ Plotter :
You see information about Printer/ Plotter Name, Printer details , Location and Notes if any.
When you open Name drop down list then, You will see all all Installed and Built In Printers List.
If you have installed any printer and set it to default printer then it will show in Name field default printer.
Select any printer name.
Let’s say we select PDF now we can Change PDF printer Properties from ‘Properties…’ button. Click on it.
PDF have Standard Sizes and Custom Sizes. You can choose any Size , Add or Remove any Sizes from Here. Also you have option to set Margins .
After all changes Click ‘Ok’
2. Paper Size:
Whatever Size you select from above that size will be set in Paper Size field as Below. You can also Change Paper size from below drop down list .
3. Print Scale :
We can Scale Paper Size from Print Scale section on Print db as below. If you want to set Fit to paper size then click on Check box for ‘Fit to paper size’ in Print Scale section.
Alternatively you can change scale from Scale Drop down list or change scale units to user defined scale.
4. Print Range:
With Print Range you can set printing area for your Print.
If you want to Print All Geometry then select radio button for All gometry.
If you have defined Drawing Boundry then you can Select radio button for ‘Drawing Boundry’
If you want to print to current visible view in Model/Sheet then choose radio button ‘Current View’
Select Print only within specified window if you want to cut entities at the boundaries of the specified print range on the printout regardless of whether there is remaining space on the output sheet.
When you are in Sheet area and open Print db then Print range options differ as below:
In Sheet Instead of Drawing boundary you have Sheet radio button to select sheet area as print range.
If you have created any Named Views from command: VIEWS then this radio button for ‘Named view’ will be active and you can select that named view for Print Range.
5. Geometry Orientation:
These radio buttons will rotate Print geometry on paper. You can also Print inversely by selecting Check box for ‘Print inverse’
6. Print Offset
If you want to print on Center of paper then choose this checkbox in Print offset section or you can offset print in X and Y direction.
7. Number of Copies:
In this section number of copies field is grayed out for model area and is only active in Sheet area. You can select check box for ‘Print to file’ for one print for multiple prints select number of copies.
When you click on check box ‘Print selected Sheets’ then a ‘Select Sheet’ db pop up alternatively you can select ‘Select Sheets…’ button also.
On ‘Select Sheets’ db if your drawing have any print configuration then you can select from here.
If you have selected printer as PDF in Print Configuration & assigned it to multiple sheets then when you click on multiple sheets or click on check box ‘Select all’ and then Checkbox for ‘Create a single PDF document with one sheet per page’ will be active.
You can select this check box if you want to have single PDF document with one sheet per page else it will create multiple pdf documents depending upon number of Sheers in your drawing.
Select ok .
Till now we have seen basic print dialog box settings and options. Each time when you change any setting or option then Preview field on Print db changes in real time.
if your printing output is withing paper size then a Geen rectangle will be seen in Print preview. Letter ‘A’ denotes printing geometry orientation.
If your print output is not ok or out of paper size then a red rectangle preview will be seen as below:
Lets move further now and we will see 3 buttons at bottom side of Print db.
8. Additional Options:
As name suggest this button opens a db for Additional Print options .
You can change Print Style for print from here.
9. Print Preview:
A real time Print Preview can be seen with help of this ‘Print Preview’ button. We can directly print form this db if everything is ok
10. Save Print Configuration :
Now if you have set all print configuration settings you can save these settings as Print Configuration to use it next time. Simply click on ‘Save configuration… ‘ button. This will save current settings on print db as .cfg file .
If you have multiple drawings to print then instead of opening each Drawing and printing each sheet you can use Batch Print in DraftSight. The only this you need to do is to create Print configuration in each Drawing.
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