How Do I Import a PDF Into AutoCAD 2010?

How Do I Import a PDF Into AutoCAD 2010?

AutoCAD 2010 is a powerful software used for creating and editing designs and drawings. One common requirement that users often encounter is the need to import a PDF file into AutoCAD. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of importing a PDF into AutoCAD 2010.

Step 1: Open AutoCAD 2010

The first step is to launch AutoCAD 2010 on your computer. Locate the AutoCAD icon on your desktop or in your Start menu, and double-click to open the software.

Step 2: Set up the Drawing Environment

Before we import the PDF file, it’s important to configure the drawing environment correctly. Ensure that you have set up the appropriate units, limits, and scale for your drawing project. This will ensure that the imported PDF file is accurately scaled and aligned with your existing drawings.

Step 3: Access the “PDFIMPORT” Command

In order to import a PDF file into AutoCAD 2010, we need to use the “PDFIMPORT” command. You can access this command by typing “PDFIMPORT” in the command line or by navigating to “Insert” > “Import PDF” in the menu bar.

Step 4: Select the PDF File

After executing the “PDFIMPORT” command, a dialog box will appear prompting you to select the PDF file you want to import. Click on the “Browse” button and navigate to the location where your desired PDF file is saved. Once you’ve located it, select it and click “Open”.


  • The selected PDF file should be in a vector format for successful import into AutoCAD. Raster images or scanned PDFs may not import properly.
  • If your PDF file is password-protected, you will need to enter the password before importing it into AutoCAD.

Step 5: Adjust Import Settings

After selecting the PDF file, the “Import PDF” dialog box will appear. This dialog box allows you to make adjustments to the import settings before importing the file. Here are some important settings you should consider:

  • Merge Lines and Hatches: If your PDF contains separate lines and hatches, enabling this option will combine them into a single entity during import.
  • Purge Unused Objects: Enabling this option will remove any unused objects from your drawing during import, reducing its size.
  • Scale Factor: Use this setting to adjust the scale of the imported PDF. You can choose to specify a scale factor or use the default value.
  • Raster Images: If your PDF contains raster images, you can choose to include or exclude them during import using this option.

Make the necessary adjustments based on your requirements and click “OK” to proceed with the import process.

Step 6: Place and Scale the Imported PDF

Once you’ve adjusted the import settings, AutoCAD will prompt you to specify a point for placing the imported PDF. Click on a desired location within your drawing area to place it. You can then use grips or type in precise values to adjust its position and scale as needed.


  • If your imported PDF appears too large or small, you can use the “SCALE” command to resize it.
  • Remember to keep an eye on the accuracy and alignment of your imported PDF with respect to your existing drawings. Make any necessary adjustments using AutoCAD’s editing tools.

Step 7: Save Your Work

Once you have successfully imported the PDF into AutoCAD 2010 and made any necessary adjustments, it’s important to save your work. Use the “SAVE” or “SAVE AS” command to save your drawing file in a location of your choice.

That’s it! You have now learned how to import a PDF into AutoCAD 2010.

This feature can be incredibly useful when working with existing designs or collaborating with others who provide design files in PDF format. Remember to experiment with different settings and options to achieve the best results for your specific project requirements.

Happy designing!