View Full Version : plot to file wireframe w hidden lines

05-02-2006, 06:29 AM

I'm having trouble plotting to a file. What I'm trying to plot is a wireframe view but with hidden lines. I'm trying to plot to a file using a postscript plotter instead of doing a printscreen copy to transfer into photoshop because it gives a better resolution for large drawings (so say the experts!).

In the model layout if I go to plot it gives me an option to plot view, but then doesn't seem to allow me to scale it properly. Seems to just fill the page whatever size I pick. I also checked the hide objects check box in the plot options section.

In a paperspace layout, I set up the view in the viewport, check the hide objects check box and it looks fine but then when I preview it is a standard wireframe, all lines visible. I plotted one to file and openned it in photoshop but sure enough all the lines were visible.

Am I doing something wrong? The way I understand it I can't use the Render to file feature to get just a wireframe with hidden lines.

If your really interested this is what I'm trying to do......
scroll down the right side to under Adobe .... click on Gradient Masks.
Photoshop Gradient Masks over CAD drawings

But right now I can't get the wireframe drawing out of ACAD. I know I could do it with "PrintScreen" but that is only good for small images.

I would be sooooo happy if anybody can help me with this!


05-02-2006, 06:37 AM
Not sure if you want to dispaly "hidden lines" (dashed?) or you want to hide the lines. Anyway....I've heard the DISPILH setting has some effect on this. A real 3-d'r will come along and set us straight :)

05-02-2006, 05:56 PM
Right. I can see how that's not clear. I am indeed trying to hide the lines, as in View -> Hide not display hidden lines.

I tried typing in that "DISPILH" in the command line, but my software seems to not know what it is.

Thanks for the input.

05-02-2006, 07:21 PM
I thought I'd try just doing a PrintSreen screengrab to try out the photoshop part for the moment, but I now I noticed this....

I set up a perspective view, then do View -> Hide, screengrab, paste to Photoshop.


I go back to the exact same perspective view, Render to Viewport, screengrab, paste to Photoshop.

and I notice :yikes: the Render has slightly changed the view (openned it up a bit) so now they won't line up.

Oh, I really hope somebody can help me with this.

06-02-2006, 03:18 AM
The variable is actually DISPSILH (probably for "display silouhette"), my memory was a little off. Check if "help" explains the settings for this.