AutoCAD drawing formats, such as DWG, DXF and DWF are not portable file formats. This is why you need a DWGSee viewer to occasionally view drawings on a non-AutoCAD computer. Besides, you will need to send out the drawing image to others who do not have a DWG viewer, especially when the drawing contains lots of X-ref’s and maybe some of your markups.
Option1. Find the “Export to Image” button on the toolbar.
Option2. Go to “File” > “Export” > Choose “Convert to JPG, BMP…”
In the open window, choose an output format (BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF) and go with the other options.
Note: If you need the markup to be preserved in the output, tick the “Exporting with markup” checkbox.
|Formats||File Size||Image Quality|
|BMP||Big||High quality with lossless data compression.|
|JPEG||Small||Variable by adjusting compression level. Perfect for most images.|
|GIF||Small||Useful for animation and image maps.|
|PNG||Normal||Good and useful for line art, text-heavy images.|
|TIFF||Normal||High, no image loss. Good choice for achieving important images.|
Click “Next” and wait for the conversion. You can view or email the PDF directly to others.
When you zoom in on a raster image you see grainier and grainier set of dots. When you zoom in on a vector image you continue to see a smooth text, shape or whatever. The advantages of vector images are low-size and high-resolution. You no longer have to produce a huge image size just to maintain a reasonable degree of resolution.