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Jul 13, 2005, 11:49 AM
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How to Scale down a PDF file???

Does anyone know of a way I can scale down a PDF document?

I would like to create a smaller plane than the plans I have are made for.

I searched the forum, but didnt find a method for doing this

How can this be done?

Thanks in advance for the help!!!
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Jul 13, 2005, 11:57 AM
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I have had some luck with this, depending on how the PDF was created. Email me the file and I can try for you.
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Jul 13, 2005, 07:37 PM
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Has to be scaled when it is printed. The printer driver will have a percentage input. This will force it's scalling.
Jul 13, 2005, 09:35 PM
Originally Posted by reusty2k5
Does anyone know of a way I can scale down a PDF document?

I would like to create a smaller plane than the plans I have are made for.

I searched the forum, but didnt find a method for doing this

How can this be done?

Thanks in advance for the help!!!
I use Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8. Converts PDF to Paint Shop format, then you can resize up or down. Then you can print any "portion of plan" you want actual size. Free trial for 30 or 45 days. A great graphics program at bargain price. Let me know if you need help.
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Jul 13, 2005, 09:42 PM
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I used the "low-tech" method, Printed the plans full scale, then scanned them into a pdf, using the scanner's driver to do the scaling.

Not effecient, but effective

Thanks for the help!!
Jul 13, 2005, 09:48 PM
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May 31, 2009, 05:45 PM
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Hey, I googled "scale down pdf" and guess what the first link was... this thread. Since there's no info to follow here, I figured I'd explain how I scale down plans. In this example, we have the original non-tiled plans and we want to scale them to 80% of the original size, and print them on a typical home/office letter sized printer.

I use Acrobat 8. Open the full size untiled plan, print to pdf, and set the scaling to whatever (80% in this case). The scaling setting is under the pdf driver "properties", in the "paper/qualities" tab, in the "advanced" settings menu. Be sure to set it back to 100% after you're done, hehe. That should produce a full size plan scaled to 80% of the original.

Then, if you don't do Kinko's or have a plotter, open the 80% plans and print to a tiled pdf if necessary (making sure the pdf scaling is set to 100%). Note that before printing to the tiled pdf, I like to decrease the paper size manually to 7.75x10.75 under "adobe pdf settings"\"adobe pdf page size", which is found in the pdf driver "properties". This makes the tiled pages fit in most printer margins, otherwise my printer crops the cut marks off. When you do this, make sure to set your printer driver back to letter size before you print the tiles pages. This will not change scaling, as long as you print the tiled pages with no scaling.

Hope this helps a few builders out there!
May 31, 2009, 07:03 PM
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I am just testing to see if Corel Draw will import a PDF and rescale it..bear with me..takes time to boot bloody WinDoze on this machine..

Blimey. 15 minutes..something's not right, but yes, Corel Draw can import and resize PDFS, it seems.
Jun 01, 2009, 07:31 AM
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Photoshop can resize PDFs as well.

Image -> Image Size, check the "constrain proportions" checkbox, enter the new image dimension size and "OK".

Photoshop Elements 7 has a free trial as well...
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Jun 03, 2009, 02:54 AM
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acad design review it free no trial and prints to scale
Jun 03, 2009, 08:38 AM
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I would suggest that you look into Tile Print. It was written by a modeler for modelers. Actually, Andrew is a professional programmer, but also quite an excellent builder. Tile Print allows PDFs to be scaled to any size and allows smaller PDFs to be expanded to match the rulers usually found on most plans. It has the added bonus of tiling the printed output so you don't need access to large scale printers.

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May 13, 2011, 09:40 AM
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I was reading this thread while looking for a solution myself. In my case it was scaling up.
Then I figured out a simple and effective way to do it, all with free software.
The trick is to print the PDF through a PDF printer driver.
I use CutePDF which is free and using its advanced properties, I set the paper size to custom and make it exactly as the relative size should be. I also set the print scaling and voila...
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