I designed a PCB with Altium and now I want to print each layer separately in one or several PDF files.

From the Porjects tab I selected the *.PcbDoc => File => Smart PDF...

In the window "Choose Export Target" I select the .PrjPcb file and in the following window too.

In the window "Export Bill of Materials", I do not export the bill of materials. In the window "PCB Printout Settings" I select Top, Bottom, Double Sided and Holes check boxes. I also select the "Entire Sheet" Area to print

In the window "Additional PDF Settings" I chose to print in color and all the check boxes in the Additional Information section excepted "Global Bookmarks for Components and Nets".

Finally I let all suggested by default in the "Final Steps" window.

And when I click on finish the resulting PDF is my PCB with all the layers in one page, so it is not readable...

I am using Altium 14.3.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Did you take a look at "Output Jobs" (.OutJob)? Or is this not availible in 14.3? \$\endgroup\$
    – mais
    Aug 23, 2021 at 12:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ In the .OutbJob there is a Documentation Outputs section where there is a PCB Prints file. Next to it there is a sub window "Output Containers" in which there is "PDF", 3Folder Structure" and "Video" but in none of those files I find what I'm looking for... \$\endgroup\$
    – RPerun
    Aug 23, 2021 at 12:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ All else failing, export Gerbers. Then print to PDF from a standalone Gerber viewer. (This is often worth doing anyway to check the Gerber export process does exactly what you expect) \$\endgroup\$
    – user16324
    Aug 23, 2021 at 14:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ You'll soon discover that "Smart PDF" is really retarded. I use one of the post processing steps - Output Job (even for schematics since Smart PDF messes up) or Draftsman. \$\endgroup\$
    – qrk
    Aug 23, 2021 at 20:59

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You can do this with an .OutJob; create a new Output Job and then:

In "Outputs" -> "Documentation Outputs" -> "PCB Prints": add a single PrintOut for each layer and for each PrintOut add the layers you want:

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Output Container is PDF. If you want color and not just gray, you have to right click on "PCB Prints" and open the "Page Setup...".

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'll try it, I think this will solve my issue. I keep you informed \$\endgroup\$
    – RPerun
    Aug 23, 2021 at 14:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RPerun Did it solve your issue? \$\endgroup\$
    – mais
    Aug 30, 2021 at 9:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ This method does work, although I can't figure out how to get the layers to print in colour instead of black and white. I tried to "Retrieve colours from PCB doc" but that still gave an output in B/W. \$\endgroup\$
    – SM32
    Mar 27, 2023 at 15:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ @SM32 In older versions right-click on "PCB Prints" in .OutJob file and click on page setup. There is a button called "Color". In newer versions this button is directly in the configure-menu of "PCB Prints". \$\endgroup\$
    – mais
    Mar 28, 2023 at 16:09

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