Control PDF Layers

The ability to have control over layers while in a PDF is a cool/useful feature but there are times when you might not want to include them. Here’s how to turn OFF (or on) layers when creating PDFs.

(Below is an example of a PDF with Layers)

When the Plot dialog box is open: Select the “DWG To PDF.pc3” plotter and then click the “Properties” button that is next to where you selected the plotter.

  • Click the “Device and Settings” tab
  • Select “Custom Properties”
  • Click the “Customize Properties” button at the bottom

  • Uncheck the box next to “Incude layer Information”
  • Click OK

From the Export option:

  • Open the Application menu (Big red A)
  • Click “Export”
  • Select “PDF”
  • In the “Save as PDF” dialog: CLick the “Options” button
  • Switch the option that is next to “Layer Information” to “Include” or “Do not Include”

From the Output Tab: (quickest way)

  • Click the “Output” tab of the ribbon
  • Click on the “Export to DWF/PDF Options” button that is located in the “Export to DWF/PDF” panel
  • Switch the option that is next to “Layer Information” to “Include” or “Do not Include”

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This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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11 Responses to Control PDF Layers

  1. Matteo says:

    Thank you! That’s the tip I was looking for!

  2. G.Raf_Designs says:

    The best… Thank you so much! Exactly what I needed :)

  3. Ad says:

    Thanks a lot. Very helpful tip. Cities in Toronto don’t accept layers in PDF files. I couldn’t find a logic reason for that, but they just want it flat file. Thanks again

  4. Adrion says:

    Very good information but i need to find how to show layers when exporting PDF of a 3D model

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      This setting is for this particular plot driver “DWG to PDF.PC3”
      I don’t think that this setting is available in other plot drivers.

      Are you trying to make a 3D PDF? If so, the setting to include or not include layers would be driven by that particular 3D PDF creator not by AutoCAD.

      ~Greg

  5. Jonahon Steele says:

    Thanks for the info Greg. We do shop drawings for the HVAC industry utilizing AutoCad 2013 and have a lot of customers asking how to optimize the PDFs to speed up the printing process. Our problem is the it takes a while to flatten the PDFs when printing on a plotter. Is there a way to do this?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      I know that this might seem as a long work around but it will create smaller PDFs.

      You will need to install the free DWF viewer “Design Review” http://usa.autodesk.com/design-review/

      From AutoCAD you can print to .dwf file or you can export the drawing to as a .dwf using the EXPORTDWf command. Printing the specific layout tab to a .dwf will make sure that you have the correct page to work from…
      Open the dwf with “Design Review” and then print the .dwf to a .PDF using your PDF printer.
      The resulting PDF should be smaller and even have clearer (less pixelated) resolution than when printing straight from AutoCAD to a PDF.

      Here is a link that initially lead me to try this method.
      http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Printing-and-Plotting/FOUND-Best-way-to-create-PDF-s-in-AutoCAD/td-p/2466194

      I am interested to see how it works for you. It might be more steps but the end results may be a better (PDF) product that you give to your customers.

      ~Greg

  6. cesar says:

    Most excellent guide!! Thank you

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  8. prolay says:

    no this is not working for me . nor in the dwf nor in the pdf. using cad 2007. not even “0” layers is showing.

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