The Print command prints an image of the viewport contents.

Includes controls on the left and a constantly updating print preview pane on the right.

The printing tools have to make it as quick and easy as possible to:

Identify what you want to print
Position it on the page where you want it
Scale the display to something useful
Manage line pattern scales and line widths

Display print attributes in viewports

To display line widths and colors in viewports, use the PrintDisplay command or on the viewport title menu, click Print Preview.

To display linetypes in viewports, use the LinetypeDisplay command.


Displays the list of installed printers, including any PDF printer drivers.


Paper sizes supported by the printer.


Windows printer driver settings.


Paper orientation.

Copies ___

Number of copies.

Print to file

Prints to a file.

Output type

Defines the printing method.

Vector Output

Prints lines, curves, and fill areas.

By default, Rhino prints everything it can using vectors.

Raster Output (slow)

Prints a bitmap image.

Output color

Defines how color is printed.

Print color

Uses the layer or property Print Color setting to print curves and wireframes.

Display color

Print objects with the same wireframe color that displays in viewports.

Black and white

Converts colors to gray scale.

View and Output Scale

List of viewport names and layout pages


Prints the current viewport display.


Zoom the current viewport to contain all objects in the model.


Prints a selected window area.


Select a new print area. The window grips can be manipulated after the window is drawn.


Move the selected print area.

Multiple layouts

Prints multiple layout pages. Enter a comma-separated list of page numbers or page ranges. For example: 1,2,4-8.

Multiple page prints are sent out as a single print job so printing to PDF should result in a single PDF file with multiple pages.

All layouts

Prints all layout pages.

Note: When printing multiple layouts to image file, multiple image files will be created all with an ascending index suffix appended to the file name.


Displays current display magnification as percentage. Select scale from the list or set the scale in paper units=model units.

On paper = In model

Sets the units used on the printed page and the equivalent units used in the model.

Margins and Position (model views only)

Sets or expands the non-print areas around the page.

Each of the options controls the position, margins, width, and height options.


Sets margins for all four sides.

Top, left, width, height

Sets the top and left margins and a width and height for the print area.

Top, right, width, height

Sets the top and right margins and a width and height for the print area.

Bottom, left, width, height

Sets the bottom and left margins and a width and height for the print area.

Bottom, right, width, height

Sets the bottom and right margins and a width and height for the print area.

Centered, width, height

Centers the print area and sets a width and height.

Match viewport aspect ratio

Sets the margins and position to the same aspect ratio as the selected viewport/layout.

Match maximum printable area

Sets the margins to the printer maximums.



Centers the image in the print area.

Offset from

If the Centered box is not checked, choose from offset options.

Lower left

Offsets the image in the print area from the lower left.

Upper left

Offsets the image in the print area from the upper left.

Lower right

Offsets the image in the print area from the lower right.

Upper right

Offsets the image in the print area from the upper right.

X, Y, offset values and unit system

Specifies the offset amount in the x- and y-directions and sets the offset units.

Linetypes and Line Widths


Match pattern definition

Printed line type pattern matches values in linetype definition file.

Match viewport display

Printed linetype pattern matches the current display properties

Line width

Scale by

Multiplier to globally change printed line widths.

Default line width

Ranges from Hairline through normal drafting widths (in millimeters) through No Print.

To define your own line widths, add line-width values to the printwidths.txt file in the Rhino support folder.

Non-scaling objects

Point objects

Size for point objects on the printed page.

Arrowhead size

Size for arrowheads on the printed page.

Text dot font size

Size for the text dot font on the printed page.


Optional items to include on the printed page.


Background color

Prints the viewport background color.

Background bitmap

Prints the viewport background bitmap.


Prints the viewport wallpaper.

Note: The wallpaper will always scale to fit the extents of the print window.

To keep the background size constant, use a background bitmap.


Prints light objects.

Clipping Planes

Prints clipping plane objects.

Only selected objects

Prints selected objects only.

Locked objects

Prints locked objects. Clear the check box to hide locked objects on the printed page.


Prints the construction plane grid.

Grid axes

Prints the construction plane grid axes.


Allows printing a dashed line at the margins.



Prints the contents of Notes window.


No notes printed.


Prints the notes at the top of the page.


Prints the notes at the bottom of the pages

File name

Prints the full file name including path.


No file name printed.


Prints the file name at the top of the page.


Prints the file name at the bottom of the page.

Printer Details

Displays a description of the currently selected printer details as reported by the driver and configuration settings.


Printer model.



Paper type

Paper size or size designation.

Printable area

The area of the paper that the printer can use.

Scale X/Scale Y

If the printer requires calibration in order to print exactly, a scale factor can be applied.

See also

Use drafting tools

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