Resolving line quality issues when exporting SOLIDWORKS Drawing to PDF

Article by Vicky Guignard updated October 6, 2016


Are you experiencing linetype quality issues when creating a SOLIDWORKS Drawing PDF?

Poor quality lines in a PDF document

Poor quality lines in a PDF document

This may be caused by a simple option when saving as a PDF from a SOLIDWORKS Drawing.

When saving a drawing as a PDF from the File > Save As menu. Click on the Options button in the dialog.

Accessing options in the Save As dialog

Accessing options in the Save As dialog

Make sure the High Quality Lines and High Quality Shaded Edges options are turned on and then try re-exporting again.

Options for line export

Options for line export

This should result in a PDF document with much sharper lines in the views as shown in the example below:


Good quality lines in PDF view

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Vicky Guignard

Vicky has been working in the CAD industry since 2010 and has a background in machine design and steel structure design. Vicky works closely with the Javelin sales team, helping to solve complex customer challenges utilizing the SOLIDWORKS product line. She is also an instructor for Javelin and delivers private, and public training in Western Canada, as well as online through Javelin's JOLT training. Vicky has been an Application Engineer with Javelin since 2014.