Importing PDF Files

Last modified: Nov 02, 2018

If you have received a PDF file with a drawing that you need to use, the PDF import feature in CET Designer will help you. It lets you add either a page or an image from a PDF file to the drawing area.

The easiest method for this is to simply drag and drop a PDF file onto CET Designer. Then, after clicking the image component in place, the PDF import dialog showing the selected file opens automatically.

You can also follow this procedure to import contents from a PDF file:

  1. Go to the Tools component tab.
  2. Select the Image loaded from file component:
  3. Move the mouse pointer to the drawing area. An image component is attached to the mouse pointer.
  4. Click once to set a starting point, then stretch the image component to the desired size (without holding down the mouse button) and click once to set the ending point.
  5. Release the image component by pressing the Esc key or by moving the mouse pointer outside of the drawing area.
  6. Double-click on the image component. The Open dialog is brought up.
  7. Browse for the PDF file that you wish to use, select it and click Open. The PDF file is loaded and the PDF import window opens:
  8. In the PDF import window, the contents can be filtered on Pages or Images for easier access. Click to select the content that you wish to import, and then click the Insert button.
  9. The selected page/image is imported to the drawing area. Selecting the image component brings up the property box where you have the following options:

    • Lock position – Locks the image’s position to prevent it from being moved accidentally.
    • Keep aspect – Locks the aspect ratio of the image; preventing it from getting distorted when stretched.
    • Show in 3D view – Shows the image as a flat surface in the 3D view.
    • Elevation – Height above the floor.
    • 2D Position – Set the image visibility in the 2D view. Front means that it will always be on top, while Back will place other objects on top of the image.
    • Brightness – Lets you increase or decrease the brightness in the imported image.
    • Measure and scale – Use the Measure and scale tool to double-check dimensions and set the scale for drawings that you have imported as images.
  10. If you wish to use material from a different PDF file, click the Load PDF button to select another file.



  • When you have imported a drawing, you may need to double-check the dimensions and set the appropriate scale. For this purpose, use the Measure and scale tool.
  • You can also use the PDF import to place an image on a wall. Simply place an Image on wall component on a wall and doubleclick it in the 3D view to bring up the PDF import dialog where you can follow the steps described above.

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