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Issues Exporting artwork to PDF loosing line detail

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I’ve been trying to export a site plan to a PDF document as part of a folio. the file is linked to an Illustrator file and appears fine when viewing in InDesign however when I open the PDF the image line work becomes overblown and distorted its the only page in the folio that’s having these issues.

 

image one is a screen clip of the indesign view, two is the PDF export

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Issues Exporting artwork to PDF loosing line detail

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I’ve been trying to export a site plan to a PDF document as part of a folio. the file is linked to an Illustrator file and appears fine when viewing in InDesign however when I open the PDF the image line work becomes overblown and distorted its the only page in the folio that’s having these issues.

 

image one is a screen clip of the indesign view, two is the PDF export

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Hi Ryan,

what's the application showing the PDF?

What are the details of the PDF export settings?

Can you show a screenshot from Adobe Illustrator?

 

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Uwe Laubender

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InDesign and Acrobat have different anti-aliasing settings, which would show when you have thin lines and are zoomed out. Try unchecking Enhance Thin Lines in Acrobat’s Page Display Preferences

 

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Thank You for replying 
The enhanced thin lines fixed my issue is it posible to save this so that others will view it when i send it to them?

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Unfortunately no. If the PDF is just for screen viewing you might try placing a rasterized version of the .ai art. 

 

 

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If you convert the strokes to outlines, the Acrobat enhance thin lines effect will effectively be disabled, as lines are converted to shapes. You can do this in Illustrator by selecting the thin lines and going to Object> Expand, or in Acrobat by flattening your site plan, which may slightly change the appearance. If your PDF is intended for printing only, you can ignore the thicker lines, they won't print that way (unless they are too small to print and they get thickened in a rip). If your PDF is intended for screen viewing, converting strokes to outlines should help. Here is a related link: 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator/poor-display-quality-when-exporting-from-illustrator-to-p...

 

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