If you can't select individual lines from the pdf in illustrator, try  
using the Live Trace tool (technical illustration preset) to create a  
new vector version of the illustration. Expand the result and you can  
select and modify the stroke of individual lines.

Live Trace may be CS3 and newer only.

Jona


On May 6, 2009, at 8:49 AM, Writer wrote:

>
> I don't think the engineer saved it as a vectored drawing, because I  
> can't seem to select individual parts of the illustration. I'll see  
> if he can do that, and then I'll try it in Illustrator again.
>
> Thanks, folks.
>
> Nadine
>
>
> --- On Wed, 5/6/09, David Spreadbury <dspreadb at yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>> From: David Spreadbury <dspreadb at yahoo.com>
>> Subject: RE: OT: Technical illustrations - Outlining a line drawing
>> To: generic668 at yahoo.ca, framers at lists.frameusers.com
>> Received: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 10:34 AM
>> Since you said that you have Illustrator available. Open the
>> SolidWorks PDF
>> in Illustrator. Illustrator should recognize it as a vector
>> image.
>>
>> In Illustrator, select the objects you want and increase
>> the line width to
>> the desired thickness.
>>
>> Export it as JPEG and you should have what you are looking
>> for.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com
>> [mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of
>> Writer
>> Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 9:30 AM
>> To: framers at lists.frameusers.com
>> Subject: Re: OT: Technical illustrations - Outlining a line
>> drawing
>>
>>
>> I should have offered more information:
>>
>> I want to create an outline to the actual object similar to
>> the "box" in
>> this illustration:
>> http://www.khulsey.com/3_point_perspective_fig10.jpeg
>>
>> The illustration was created in SolidWorks, which I then
>> received from the
>> engineer in PDF format. I converted the PDF to .jpg.
>>
>> I can select the outline using the Magic Wand tool in Corel
>> Paintshop Pro,
>> but it doesn't give me a smooth outline to work with.
>>
>> Nadine
>>
>> --- On Wed, 5/6/09, Shmuel Wolfson
>> <shmuelw1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> From: Shmuel Wolfson <shmuelw1 at gmail.com>
>>> Subject: Re: OT: Technical illustrations - Outlining a
>> line drawing
>>> To: generic668 at yahoo.ca
>>> Received: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 10:12 AM
>>> What format are they in?
>>>
>>> -- 
>>> Regards,
>>> Shmuel Wolfson
>>> Technical Writer
>>> 052-763-7133
>>>
>>> ------------
>>>
>>> Writer wrote:
>>>> I apologize for the OT nature of this question,
>> but I
>>> wasn't sure where else to ask this question.
>>>>
>>>> I have some line drawings of our product to
>> include in
>>> a small hardware guide. I want to outline the
>> illustrations
>>> in a heavier line, but I don't know how to do it
>> in a
>>> simple, efficient, competent way. Are there any tech
>>> illustrators here who are willing to let me in on
>> their
>>> secret? I have access to Adobe Illustrator, Adobe
>> Photoshop,
>>> and Corel Paintshop Pro.
>>>>
>>>> Thank you for your indulgence,
>>>>
>>>> Nadine
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