AutoCAD: When Plotting a PDF, Characters are Plotted as Dots


AutoCAD, When Plotting a PDF, Characters are Plotted as Dots.


  • Certain True Type Fonts may need a higher Vector Resolution.
  • The Fonts are Open Type Fonts with no Outline.
  • Unsupported Characters.



  • Launch AutoCAD.
  • Start the Plot command.
  • Select the DWG2PDF.pc3.
  • Select PDF Options.
  • Select “Capture fonts Used in the drawing”.
  • Try to Plot again.


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Figure 2

This will cause the PDF to capture the Text as imagery rather than trying to use them as Text Object.

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