Text is lighter or faded in a PDF published from AutoCAD Electrical


After publishing a drawing that contains SHX fonts to PDF from AutoCAD Electrical, the text in the PDF is lighter and thinner than expected and has a faded appearance.



To correct the behavior, use one of the following methods:

  • Change the system variable AEPDFFONTALT to "Off" (zero).
Note: This will cause text to be rasterized in the PDF so that it cannot be selected or searched. To maintain this functionality while also having text that looks good, change the font that AutoCAD Electrical is substituting. To do this:
  • ​Edit the AutoCAD Electrical font-mapping file (acade.fmp).
The file is located here:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD Electrical 201x\R2x.x\enu\Support

(Where the 'x' represents a value which varies between versions.)

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