CAN I IMPORT A .DWG FILE DIRECTLY INTO PHOTOSHOP?

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Fri, 14 May 2004 06:41 Go to next message
CRAIG_PP (Photoshop begginer)
I am new to this, and learning on my own, can I import a .dwg file (CAD Drawing) into photoshop 7.0, it does not seem that i can, i am unable to save the drawing in CAD to anything other than .DWG or .DXF or .SLD, how then can i import the drawing, if at all.

Thanks for your advice in advance, much appreciated.

Craig
askewgi@iafrica.com
Fri, 14 May 2004 07:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Pierre_Courtejoie (Photoshop expert)
craigg, have you looked if your CAD program allows to export(not save) to other formats? If not, your last resort is to make printscreens and assemble them.

Please, do not make topics in ALL CAPS! thanks!
Fri, 14 May 2004 07:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Gernot_Hoffmann (Photoshop expert)
Craig,

if it is AutoCad: Export as PDF. Don´t export as EPS.

Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann
Fri, 14 May 2004 09:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rick Moore (Photoshop expert)
FYI, AutoCAD does not export to PDF. It can print to PDF if you install
Acrobat or some other PDF software. It can also print to EPS if you create a
PostScript printer, printing will give you control over lineweight, color,
and print area

> if it is AutoCad: Export as PDF. Don´t export as EPS.
Fri, 14 May 2004 13:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
barry_gray (Photoshop expert)
Open in Illustrator, resave open in PS.
Fri, 14 May 2004 13:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Gernot_Hoffmann (Photoshop expert)
Derrick,

you are right about the naming.
But it happens like this: print to file as PostScript
calls Distiller automatically (probably only if Distiller
is installed).

The PDF prints are more accurate than printing by AutoCad
itself, concerning line widths.

Print to file as EPS ends in confusion. In our version
it´s definitely chaotic: wrong size, wrong line widths,
wrong colors.

We had handled the complete set of technical design drawings
for a larger project as explained and bundled as a PDF doc
(using PageMaker).

I´m really happy that this works, because the recommendations
were (and are still): import in Illustrator and change line
widths and colors.

Opposed to warnings we didn´t have any problems with hatch.

Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann
Fri, 14 May 2004 13:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rick Moore (Photoshop expert)
Gernot, Printing to a Postscript PC3 file from AutoCAD creates an EPS file
and it does not use Distiller and uses the Postscript printer driver that
ships with AutoCAD. Printing to a Distiller PC3 file requires that Acrobat
be installed on the system just to create the PC3 file. Either method will
result in almost identical output (at least in my experience) when opened in
Illustrator
Fri, 14 May 2004 14:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Gernot_Hoffmann (Photoshop expert)
Derrick,

what is PC3 ? Do you mean PostScript level 3 ?
Maybe we have different versions of AutoCad (can´t clarify
this here at home).

We are creating PDFs, using Acrobat Distiller PostScript
Printer Driver as the virtual PostScript printer.
Of course one may argue - yes, the method seems to be OK,
but isn´t there another one which works as well ?

I´m leaving it at that. After all these nonsensical advices
how to clean-up AutoCAD EPS files (several years in the
PageMaker Forum) it turned out that the PDF workflow is
correct and reliable. Technical designers don´t use AI.

Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann
Sat, 15 May 2004 03:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
CRAIG_PP (Photoshop begginer)
Thanks all for your replies, shew...technical for a beginner like myself...anyhow I have resolved this by importing the .DWG drawing from CAD into CorelDraw which allows me to save it to formats compatable to Photoshop.

Sorry about the CapsL on the headding, Ill have a beer for you for my sins.

Thanks again, regards

Craig
Thu, 03 June 2004 16:16 Go to previous message
Karen_Bretz (Photoshop begginer)
What version AutoCAD files are importing into CorelDraw? I have been trying to import AutoCAD 2004 and AutoCAD 2005 drawings into Illustrator CW and have had no luck. Illustrator won't recognize versions that recent.

Any suggestions?
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