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Convert DWG files to JPG
Tip# 3522 By Leonid Nemirovsky On 07-Nov-2010
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Categories : Export
Software type : AutoCAD 2011
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Create JPG files from AutoCAD files, by way of PDFs.

Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares with us a way to create JPG files from AutoCAD files.

"To create a JPG image of an AutoCAD drawing, first print it to PDF using a PDF writer. Open the file you just created, and save it as a JPG file.



Next, click the Settings button and make any adjustments that you need to.



Please note that if you want better quality images, the JPG resolution should be at least 300 pixels/inch. Other settings may vary depending on your needs."


Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol:
AutoCAD is a vector-based graphics program. Most images, like JPG files, are raster-based. There are a few ways to change your AutoCAD files into JPG files; Leonid's method is one that I prefer because it is simple and it creates a good-quality image file. However, you must have access to a PDF writer program such as Adobe Acrobat. (The free PDF reader, Adobe Reader, cannot export PDF files to JPG files.)

AutoCAD users can print any DWG file to a PDF without extra software if they are using a recent version of AutoCAD. If you don't have a PDF writer program, you can always use the JPGOut command in AutoCAD. This does not create as good an image as Len's method does, but you can get your linework out to a JPG. You can also copy your linework to Windows Clipboard and paste it into another program. Again, it doesn't produce a great image, but it gets the job done.


 

 

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User comments
Comment by Gustafson,Kyron
Posted on 2010-11-08 16:13:00
PDFill Image Writer is free. It produces PDF files and Image Files (Incuding JPEG). http://www.pdfill.com/freewriter_image.html
Comment by Sherwood,Paul
Posted on 2010-11-08 18:24:36
The Snipping Tool included with Windows Vista works very well to capture a drawing or just a portion of as it appears on the screen. It's very quick, produces a decent quality JPEG, and even provides the ability to make notes on the image if needed.
Comment by McSwain,R.K.
Posted on 2010-11-10 10:34:59
You can also create a new "printer" for AutoCAD that prints to JPG, PNG, BMP, CALS, TIFF, and other raster file formats. There is also built in commands for exporting to various formats without having to create the "printer". These commands are JPGOUT, PNGOUT, BMPOUT, and TIFOUT. Lastly, unless you have to provide a JPG, this is probably the worst format to choose for a vector drawing due to its lossy compression. PNG is usually a better choice.
Comment by Fisher,Randy
Posted on 2011-07-18 13:44:58
You are making it way too complicated. Zoom AutoCAD to the size of image you want to save, copy (Ctrl-C), select "All". You can then paste into Word or Paintbrush ... It is already an image. The one caution is that if you merely paste into MS Word, it is linked to the original drawing. To avoid this, use Paste Special, and paste as image.


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