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PDF to AutoCAD Conversions done manually


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Stuck with PDF drawings/designs?  Wish you had accurate AutoCAD drawings of the same?

Just perform a PDF to AutoCAD Conversion. If its something you have never known / heard of before then let me tell you, its possible!  Requires effort, needs you to know the use of AutoCAD, but then I presume you already are willing and able.

Let us see how PDF to AutoCAD conversions are done manually:

Firstly, we need the PDF drawing.

Secondly you need AutoCAD installed on your PC / Laptop.

If you are looking to perform the conversion using the latest versions of AutoCAD then you already have the option of inserting a PDF image into AutoCAD.  If not, then convert the PDF drawing to a JPG / TIF image beforehand.

Check the units setting in AutoCAD so that they match the working units you need. For example :  inches, mm, cm, etc.

Use the image attach option and place the PDF / image file into the AutoCAD workspace. 

Change the color of the image / PDF drawing to a color other than white.  I usually use blue.  Take care not to use the same color to draw elements in your CAD drawing as otherwise you may end up with certain existing but invisible elements as they will be lost in the same color of the image.

Check for the need to rotate the image.  Easiest way to do this is to check for a straight edge / line that is supposed to be at zero ‘0’ degrees and draw a line over it.  If the line you drew and the line in the image are both parallel / match then you are saved the trouble of needing to rotate the image.  If not then rotate the image to match the straight line you drew.

 

If you wish for a dimensionally accurate or a to-scale conversion of the drawing then you also need to scale the image to the proper size.  Its very easy using the ‘scale’ command and you should be able to get it done easily.

You will notice that the image by and large is virtually un-selectable, unless you click on the border of the image.  If this is something that is coming in your way then turn the image frame off.

If image loading due to redraw or regen is taking too much time then you can always set the image quality to draft.

Once all these steps are ready you are ready to proceed.

Create your text styles.  Load your required linetypes into the drawing.  Create /load your block library.

Start off drawing / tracing exactly over the image as the case may be.  If you do not need dimensions to be accurate, then you can just trace over the drawing.  Or else you can use standard AutoCAD drafting commands to create an accurate conversion as well.

PDF to AutoCAD is a highly special and recommended conversion service in case you would rather have specialists perform the conversions for you.

Conversion. If its something you have never known / heard of before then let me tell you, its possible!  Requires effort, needs you to know the use of AutoCAD, but then I presume you already are willing and able.

Let us see how PDF to AutoCAD conversions are done manually:

Firstly, we need the PDF drawing.

Secondly you need AutoCAD installed on your PC / Laptop.

If you are looking to perform the conversion using the latest versions of AutoCAD then you already have the option of inserting a PDF image into AutoCAD.  If not, then convert the PDF drawing to a JPG / TIF image beforehand.

Check the units setting in AutoCAD so that they match the working units you need. For example :  inches, mm, cm, etc.

Use the image attach option and place the PDF / image file into the AutoCAD workspace. 

Change the color of the image / PDF drawing to a color other than white.  I usually use blue.  Take care not to use the same color to draw elements in your CAD drawing as otherwise you may end up with certain existing but invisible elements as they will be lost in the same color of the image.

Check for the need to rotate the image.  Easiest way to do this is to check for a straight edge / line that is supposed to be at zero ‘0’ degrees and draw a line over it.  If the line you drew and the line in the image are both parallel / match then you are saved the trouble of needing to rotate the image.  If not then rotate the image to match the straight line you drew.

If you wish for a dimensionally accurate or a to-scale conversion of the drawing then you also need to scale the image to the proper size.  Its very easy using the ‘scale’ command and you should be able to get it done easily.

You will notice that the image by and large is virtually un-selectable, unless you click on the border of the image.  If this is something that is coming in your way then turn the image frame off.

If image loading due to redraw or regen is taking too much time then you can always set the image quality to draft.

Once all these steps are ready you are ready to proceed.

Create your text styles.  Load your required linetypes into the drawing.  Create /load your block library.

Start off drawing / tracing exactly over the image as the case may be.  If you do not need dimensions to be accurate, then you can just trace over the drawing.  Or else you can use standard AutoCAD drafting commands to create an accurate conversion as well.

PDF to AutoCAD is a highly special and recommended conversion service in case you would rather have specialists perform the conversions for you.

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