How to get high resolution images from AutoCAD drawings

If you need high resolution images from AutoCAD drawings for presentation or printing purposes then this tip is for you. You need to configure plotter and paper settings for high resolution plot in AutoCAD, these settings are saved locally on the PC and they are not file dependent.

Configuring plotter:

To configure plotter type PLOTTERMANAGER on the command line and press enter. From Plotters window double click on Add-A-Plotter Wizard.

Click Next in the wizard then select My Computer radio button from next page of the wizard and click Next again. From Plotter Model page select Raster file formats from manufacturers panel and TIFF version 6 (uncompressed) from models list.

You can select other options also from Models panel like PNG and BMP but TIFF format will preserve layer data and other information as well in the image.

Add plotter wizard

Click on Next twice and select Plot to File radio button if prompted. Assign any name to your custom plotter, for this example, I am naming it as Custom Plotter. Click on Next button after assigning a name to the plotter.

Click on Edit Plotter Configuration button from finish page of the wizard, this will open Plotter Configuration Editor for our custom plotter.edit plotter configuration

Click on Device and Document Settings tab on this Plotter Configuration Editor window and expand User defined Paper Sizes & Calibration option and select Custom Paper Sizes then click on Add button to define new paper size, see the image below for reference.

plotter configuration editor

A new Custom Paper Size wizard will open, click Next button on the first page of this wizard. From Media Bounds page of the wizard enter 5000 in width and height fields as shown in the image below and click Next.

high resolution images from AutoCAD

Assign a name to the paper and keep all other settings at their default. For our example, I am naming it as Custom Size 5000 PX. Click on the finish button to close the Custom Paper Size wizard and also close all open windows.

Now our plotter is fully configured for high-resolution plotting.

Plotting in High resolution:

Type PLOT on the command line and press enter this will open plot window. From this window select Custom Plotter.pc3 from printer/plotter drop down menu and select Custom Size 5000 px from Paper size drop down menu.

Assign plot area and other settings and hit the OK button. This will make a high resolution TIFF image and its size may be very large compared to general image files.

plot window

Do you have questions related to this tip? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Dragan December 24, 2018 at 10:49 pm - Reply


  2. Wilson October 26, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you sir I will try

  3. DariusCAD August 21, 2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much!!

  4. praba April 6, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    thank you very much Jaiprakash Pandey

  5. Murad January 8, 2018 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    I am able to configure plotter but afterwards when I give plot command I cant see custom plotter.PC3

  6. Bryan Shore June 2, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    This is great! I learned here: to edit .dwg and other AutoCAD files and I had no idea that I can bring them in high resolution. this is very helpful tip, thank you for sharing

  7. vishal singh September 27, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

    This website is amazing! Every thing is here. Thanks a lot Jay Prakash Sir!

  8. Hosseini September 1, 2016 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Wow! that worked
    Hossein Kabir

    • Jaiprakash Pandey September 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Welcome Kabir

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