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Printing a Scaled Check Plot

Reference Number: KB-00567 Last Updated: 12-09-2014 08:26 AM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


QUESTION

I would like to print a test printing of my layout pages at a smaller scale than my final printing.  How can I do this easily, without changing all my settings in the Page Setup dialog?


ANSWER

A check plot is a test print that allows you to print at a reduced scale on smaller, less expensive paper so you can check that the drawing will print as expected.

In a check plot, the drawing scale is temporarily adjusted to a specified fraction of its true value. Both drawing scale and line weights are subject to this scale adjustment.


To create a check plot

  1. Select File> Print> Drawing Sheet Setup . In the Drawing Sheet Setup dialog:

    • Verify the Drawing Sheet Size, Orientation, and Drawing Scale are correct for a full size print out.




  2. Select File> Print> Print . In the Print View dialog:

    • Click the Check Plot at radio button and choose the desired scale fraction from the drop-down list.

    • The Paper Size will automatically adjust to fit the selected Check Plot Scale.

    • Confirm that the Paper Size is the size you with to use, then click Print.




  3. Next time you print a view, remember to choose To Scale or Fit to Paper again in the Print View dialog.




To create a check plot in X5 and prior products

  1. Select File> Print> Page Setup . In the Page Setup dialog:

    • Confirm that the Drawing Sheet Size and Drawing Scale are correct for a full size print out - not a check plot.

    • Specify the Printer Paper Size that you would like to use for the check plot, then click OK.


  2. Select File> Print> Print  to open the Print dialog.

    • Click the Check Plot at radio button, then choose the desired scale fraction from the drop-down list.



    • Make any other changes to the other settings in the dialog that you might want, then click OK.


  3. When you are finished printing the check plot, return to the Page Setup dialog and change the Printer Paper Size back to the setting you will use for a full size printing.