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Basics project 135m How to plot schematic to PDF, SVG, DXF, HPGL and postscript formats in KiCad v5


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Basics: Project 135m

Project name:  How to plot schematic to PDF, SVG, DXF, HPGL and postscript formats in KiCad v5

Tags: KiCad, KiCad v5, PDF, SVG, DXF, HPGL, postscript, plot schematic

Attachments: none

General

We will learn how to plot schematic to PDF, SVG, DXF,HPGL and postscript formats in KiCad v5.

Step by Step instruction

  1. We assume that you have the KiCad v5 already installed. Double-click on the KiCad shortcut to start the program.
shortcut KiCad

2. You will see KiCad project manager window opened. Click on Schematic Layout Editor (Eeschema) button.

How to plot schematic to PDF, SVG, DXF, HPGL and postscript formats in KiCad v5

3. Go to File -> Plot… or click on Plot Schematic icon. The Plot Schematic Options window pops up.

How to plot schematic to PDF, SVG, DXF, HPGL and postscript formats in KiCad v5
How to plot schematic to PDF, SVG, DXF, HPGL and postscript formats in KiCad v5
How to plot schematic to PDF, SVG, DXF, HPGL and postscript formats in KiCad v5

4. Select the folder for output file. Click on folder button, select the required folder and then click on Select folder button.

How to plot schematic to PDF, SVG, DXF, HPGL and postscript formats in KiCad v5

5. Output format can be PDF, SVG, DXF, HPGL, postscript.

Output formatResultOptions
PostscriptCreate PostScript files with an extension .ps. You can disable the option Plot border and title block. This is useful if you want to create a postscript file for encapsulation (format .eps) often used to insert a diagram in a word processing software. The message window displays the file names created.You can select the page size (A4, A, Schematic size), output mode (color, black and white), if you want to plot border and title block and default line width (mm)
PDFCreate plot files using the format PDF with an extension .pdf.You can select the page size (A4, A, Schematic size), output mode (color, black and white), if you want to plot border and title block and default line width (mm)
SVGCreate plot files using the vectored format SVG with an extension .svg.You can select the page size (A4, A, Schematic size), output mode (color, black and white), if you want to plot border and title block and default line width (mm)
DXFCreate plot files using the format DXF with an extension .dxf.You can select the page size (A4, A, Schematic size), output mode (color, black and white), if you want to plot border and title block.
HPGLCreate an HPGL file with an extension .plt. In this format you can define: page size, origin, pen width (in mm). You can select the page size (A4, A3, A2,A1,A0,A,B,C,D,E Schematic size), output mode (color, black and white), if you want to plot border and title block plus HPGL options – pen width (in mm), position (bottom left, center on page).

6. If you click on Plot Current Page button then just one file for the current sheet will be printed. If you click on Plot All Pages button it allows you to plot the whole hierarchy (one print file is generated for each sheet). You will see the status messages in Output messages field.

How to plot schematic to PDF, SVG, DXF, HPGL and postscript formats in KiCad v5

7. Click on Close button to close the window.

Summary

We have learnt how to plot schematic to PDF, SVG, DXF,HPGL and postscript formats in KiCad v5.

Thank you for reading and supporting us.

Libraries:

  • None

Project resources:

  • See attachments on the beginning of this project description.