Print drawings

Last updated March 10, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance

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Print drawings

Print drawings

You can print drawings as PDF files, save them as plot files (.plt) for printing with printer/plotter, or print them on a selected printer. You can also change the line thickness of different colors. Tekla Structures provides a real-time preview of drawings in the Print Drawings dialog box.

Limitations in printing

  • You cannot print to several paper sizes at the same time using the Print Drawings dialog box. To print to several paper sizes, you need to modify the drawingsizes.dat file.
  • Drawings in previews are in color even if you select Grayscale or Black and white through File menu > Settings).
  • In an open drawing, you can only preview and print that drawing. Having a drawing open, and you open another drawing (for example, by double-clicking another drawing in Document manager), the preview may not be updated. Select the drawing again (single-click) in Document manager and the preview is then updated to match the selection.

You can also use the so called "old" printing functionality where you use the Printer Catalog dialog box and Tekla Structures printer instances. To do this, see Print drawings using Printer Catalog printer instances (old printing).

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