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Template outlines won't print - Illustrator

Discussion in 'Adobe' started by Border, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Border

    Border Very Active Member

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    In the past I've no problems with this so I don't know what I did different to this file but I am trying to print out a proof for the customer but all the hair lines (body outlines) of the vehicle template won't print, even though they show up in the print preview. Tried printing the file to a PDF and the outlines show up in the PDF file but also will not print to paper!

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I have tried to adjust all the printer setting to the best of my knowledge.:banghead:

    Meeting with client in 2 hours and would prefer to not have to tell them to use their imagination to see the vehicle in the layout!

    Thanks!
     
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  2. livoniasigns

    livoniasigns Member

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    Check the stroke width. I have that happen once in a while and the stroke was to thin.
     
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  3. GK

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    Double click the layer and make sure you have these settings.
     

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  4. Border

    Border Very Active Member

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    I'm using CS2. When I double-click the layer, the only layer options are "show" and "lock". Maybe that changed with CS3?

    This template is at 1/20 scale originally. I scaled it up 1000 percent to 50 percent of actual size and that seems to be when I lose the outlines. So I messed with stroke size and found that the outlines show again with a 2 pt stroke. Anything less and the lines only partially show. So I guess that is the "fix". In Signlab and Flexi both, the outlines print just fine, even after scaling up. Maybe there's a scale setting in Illustrator that addresses stroke widths or something to the affect that it's not scaling up all of the appearances?

    Anyways, Thanks! At least I can get the proof to look right for the presentation now. :thankyou:
     
  5. GK

    GK Very Active Member

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    there is, in CS3 its under preferences, dunno bout CS2
     

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    There is a setting that makes the stroke scale with the object. If that is not on, the stroke remains the same size no matter how you scale the object. Both ways have their uses, but in this case you would want it set to scale the stroke with the object so that they are not to thin to print.
     
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    rdm01 Very Active Member

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    GK beat me to it. :covereyes:
     
  8. Border

    Border Very Active Member

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    Yup, that's it! Trouble is, I had it set that way, but not until AFTER I had scaled the template up..... So......Problem solved.

    Thanks again!

    :toasting:
     
  9. blackicefx

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    Quick question, where is that option in CS2? This has bothered me too.

    Matthew
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  10. Border

    Border Very Active Member

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    It's under: Edit/Preferences/General

    Look at GK's example
     
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