# Discussion: Purple Pen printing problem

in: Orienteering; Gear & Toys

Mar 9, 2022 9:56 PM
barb:
In Purple Pen, "View > Map Intensity > Low" gets me the levels I want when I view it on screen.
But I need it to print that way.
Any thoughts?
Mar 9, 2022 10:20 PM
barb:
OK, here's what I did: screenshot of Purple Pen instead of exporting PDFs. This was OK bc scale doesn't matter that much for my purpose. Still, it would be cool if you could export PDFs with map lightened.

Here's the result:

Mar 9, 2022 10:25 PM
I haven't tried this, but what if you change the opacity or lightness of the map in the source application instead? And then you could just change the map layer and leave the title and other layout elements full blast if you wanted.
Mar 9, 2022 10:29 PM
barb:
And, in case you're interested in knowing more about the curriculum:

This is the 4th session, of 6, in the 3rd grade orienteering unit. The lessons are as follows. We are attending lessons 3 & 6; the teacher teaches the others, working from our lesson plans and with equipment we provide like maps and clue sheets.

1. Boundary. Gathering. Animal-O (in order; faster; from memory).
2. Orienting and orienteering with a geometric pattern map.
3. Sequence with electronic timing:
• Animal-O.
• Helper hides animal pictures.
• Try a different 5-animal course. (Kids have to talk to each other to find out where some of the animals are.) Time the entire class as a whole.
• Test their geometric map reading

4. Reading and doing courses with a picture map.
5. Introduction to ISSOM map
6. Race on an ISSOM map with electronic timing.
Mar 9, 2022 10:32 PM
barb:
How the isometric map is made: David Bryant is making these using SketchUp, and finishing with Layout.
Mar 9, 2022 10:34 PM
barb:
@Cristina, yes, that would be best. However, in this case, I didn't know how to do the lightening step, and did not have rapid turnaround access to the digital artist.
Mar 10, 2022 11:58 PM
barb:
After an annoying amount of trying to figure out a way, I open the PDF in Word, then use image tool to lighten by applying 30% transparency, then save as PDF.

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