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Thin lines - AutoCad?

Discussion in 'Gerber' started by BlueSpot, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. BlueSpot

    BlueSpot Member

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    Hi.

    My plan is to print evacuation signs in spot colors on my gerber.

    The problem:

    The customer is an architect firm, and the files I got from them is in .pdf
    But I think its made in AutoCad, everything is built up of thin lines and small pieces...its a mess and the lines is to thin to print.

    Anyone know what to do?
    It will probably take 2 hours to fix each sign before printing...and its 30 signs :frustrated:

    The attached pic(upscaled) is just one of the small symbols on the sign.
     

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    Last edited: Aug 9, 2012
  2. Tony Teveris

    Tony Teveris Active Member

    I would say you are correct the original came from AutoCAD.

    If it looks good on the screen maybe you could "convert to image" or save as a B/W image and then do a raster to vector, then re assign colors?
     
  3. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    I would do NOTHING and make them do it OR charge them enormous amounts to redo it.
    The smaple oyu are showing looks to be mnothing more than a radiused rectangle with type and circle I could recreate that less than 5 minutes, do the other signs look like this? if they do you will have no problems if your skilled
     
  4. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    Of course I see they chose some "off the wall" font as opposed to helv or arial....of course they did they are architects and everything has to be difficult
     

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  5. BlueSpot

    BlueSpot Member

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    I think I will make them fix it yes, they probably have everything in layers.

    It`s easy to recreate just that pictogram yes, but it`s 30 different signs with many thin lines an pictograms.

    (Tnx for the tip Tony, but its to thin lines :/)
     

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  6. jfiscus

    jfiscus Adobe Shinobi

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    If you have Illustrator and are just printing these:
    Select the objects (select all) and go to Object>Flatten Transparency & adjust it so that everything is the max it can be for vectors. (save this as a preset!) Then, un-group the objects. Now select an object of a particular color, then go to Select>Same>Fill Color. Now, go to your Pathfinder Pallete & "unite" (first option). Repeat until all colors of objects are now one solid object.

    Chances are, this customer just has AutoCad & cannot provide you with anything much better than they sent you already. I do this process weekly on firetruck schematics that I have to colorize...
     
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