How to Print EPS Files From AutoCAD


AutoCAD, a computer-aided drafting program, is used by architects and drafters to create blueprints and 3-D drawings of buildings. Drafters and architects often use the Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file type, which allows plotting, or printing of a drawing, in a format that can be sent to a graphics program for rendering or directly to an EPS-enabled printer. Once an AutoCAD drawing has been plotted to EPS, it can be opened in a graphics program, and effects, colors, images and layers of textures can be applied to create a realistic representation of the finished building.

  • Launch AutoCAD and click "File" and "Open" to open your drawing. Click "Tools," "Wizards" and "Add Plotter" to create an Adobe PostScript plotter and then click "Next."

  • Click on "My Computer" to choose your computer as the plotter type and then click "Next."

  • Click on the "Manufacturer" list and select "Adobe." Click on the "Model" list and select a PostScript level. Level 1, which doesn't plot in color, and Level 1 Plus are designed to be used by all programs but result in a larger file size, while Level 2 is for newer programs and devices and plots a smaller file size. Click "Next" and then "Next" again.

  • Click "Plot to File," if you are saving your file on your computer, or keep it unselected if you are plotting to an EPS enabled printer. Click "Next."

  • Choose a name for your plotter and enter it into the "Plotter Name" field. Click "Next" and click "Finish," completing the plotter setup.

  • Click "File" and "Plot." Click the name of your plotter in the "Name" drop-down menu. Check the "Plot to File" check box, if you are creating a file to save on your computer. Type a name for your saved file in the "File Name" field. Choose a location to save your file in the "Location" field.

  • Click on the "Plot Settings" tab and check that the settings are accurate for your project, and then click "OK."

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