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Figures submitted in PDF format need to follow certain guidelines in order to be acceptable for publication in an ASCE journal.  Specifically, all PDF figures must be high resolution (600 dpi or greater), and all fonts must be embedded in the image. 

In order to make the process of creating PDF figures easier for our authors, ASCE has developed a PDF Distiller template.  When used, this template will ensure that your PDFs are created with the highest quality, and that they meet the guidelines for ASCE publication.

To use this template, you must have Adobe Acrobat (version 8.0 or later) installed on your computer.  Note that the free Adobe Reader application will not work, as it does not have the ability to create PDF files.  Also, this template can only be used on a PC – a Mac version is not available at this time.  

The Zip file available for download below consists of two parts: A setup program to install the template on your PC, and instructions for using the template in PDF format.  Please save the Zip file in a convenient location, such as your Desktop.  When the download is complete, open the Zip file and then double click on the PDF instructions.  These instructions will indicate how to install the template and use it with your Windows programs.  

Download the ASCE PDF Figures setup program and instructions. [ZIP file, 490 KB]

If you have any questions or problems, please contact your Editorial Coordinator. Contact information can be found on the Staff Contacts page.