When layout is printed, some elements appear dim compared to others.
Version and Product
AWR 2008 (Version 8.0) and higher
With the layout window active, select Layout > Layout Mode Properties... , and uncheck the box for Dim lower levels of hierarchy before you print. After printing you can recheck this box so that actual subcircuits will appear dimmed on the screen.
NOTE: The Layout Editor Mode Setting dialog box may change from version to version, but the option is the same.