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Missing lines when printing (PDF)

Sep 5 '13 6 Last Comment
SIAMESE DREAM
Sep 5, 13 12:29 am

It has occurred to me a couple of times. The file (PDF) was made in illustrator with dwg imported from Rhino.

When viewed from Acrobat it looks fine, but some lines were missing when printed out, even from different printers.  Has anyone had the same experience ?

 

gruen
Sep 5, 13 8:10 am

Yes. It's your PDF print driver.

SIAMESE DREAM
Sep 6, 13 2:10 am

@Gruen
Would you mind to elaborate ?

curtkram
Sep 6, 13 9:42 am

we've had this happen in my office a few times.  i don't think anyone came up with a good solution.  i dropped adobe's printer and switched to pdfcreator, which i think is a lot better for a printer.  adobe's acrobat is still better as an editor imo.  this was from printing from cad though.  i don't do illustrator, so my issue may have been different than yours.

afrdzak
Sep 6, 13 12:45 pm

I've actually run into this problem printing directly via InDesign.  I have a Canon pixma printer so my first impression is that the lines are too thin for the inkjet nozzle. I haven't investigated the problem yet, but I'm planning on narrowing the problem down this weekend and I'll post my findings.

afrdzak
Sep 10, 13 6:10 pm

So I printed to a color laserjet printer and as I suspected I didn't run into any issues. It's either the limitations of your printer head nozzle, printer drivers, or how you export to PDF. You'll need to play around with the last two variables (e.g. make the lines thicker).

afrdzak
Oct 15, 13 11:49 pm

I found that printing the PDF as an image solves the problem. This option can be located by opening the print dialogue window > Advanced > Print as Image checkbox. 

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