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PDF line weight - please help!

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Apr 19, 2010

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Hi,

When I save from InDesign as a PDF any line drawn with the pen tool/circle tool etc stay the same line weight no matter how much I'm zoomed in on the document. For example, I could zoom right out to 25% and the line thickness will still look at the same as at 150%. Is there a setting to change this?

Hope someone can help by the end of today.

Many thanks!

Will

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PDF line weight - please help!

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Hi,

When I save from InDesign as a PDF any line drawn with the pen tool/circle tool etc stay the same line weight no matter how much I'm zoomed in on the document. For example, I could zoom right out to 25% and the line thickness will still look at the same as at 150%. Is there a setting to change this?

Hope someone can help by the end of today.

Many thanks!

Will

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Try turning off "enhance thin lines" in the Page Display area of the preferences.

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-- and do not trust your screen. If the line is 0.5 pt thick in InDesign, that's what it is in the PDF, regardless of how much you zoom in or out.

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I have looked over 4 forums on underline thickness issues and finally found this solution. It worked. Thank you!

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Hey,

 

I am having a very similar problem except that the lack of consistency in my underlined words is occuring when I try converting word doc to PDF. In Word, the underline is consistent underneath my words but then when I convert to pdf it is not (first image is PDF after I convert, secnd image is the original on Word). I cannot find "Page display" area of the prefrences on Word and was wondering how I can fix this problem?

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Hi- Did you ever figure this out? I'm having the same problem with underlining running into the bottom of text upon conversion.

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LEGEND ,
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Will sent me a PM because he's having trouble replying in the forum:

Hi, thanks.... but that is a setting in Acrobat.

The designer that I work with says that her InDesign doesn't have this line weight problem (or she has never seen this problem before), so is there a setting that I can change in inDesign?

(I tried to reply on the forum but I keep getting an error... 'You can't post a blank message')

This is not a problem in InDesign, it's a problem in the display in Acrobat (and you are the second person today to post about it). Acrobat is the place you need to be to fix it when viewing the PDF.

As far as your posting problem, are you using the web page editor, or email? Some email clients have issues. If the web page, you need a little patience sometimes for the editor screen to fully load, and then you may need to click inside the editing area to get an active cursor. Hitting Enter with a blank message area would generate that error.

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Unfortunately, "enhance thin lines" is a user setting, not a document one. It's on by default, so if others will be viewing the PDF, the majority will see the inconsistent line weights.

 

The best workaround I know of is to trick Acrobat into not seeing the shapes as simple straight lines by adding a single extra anchor point anywhere along the line or edge. This would obviously be a pain if you want to use paragraph rules for those lines. However, if they're separate shapes and there aren't a ton of them, just add a point to each.

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