Category Archive for: Advanced Editing Methods

Advanced Tools Quick Select Selection Filters and the Calculator

Before ending this chapter you will want to know about two other tools that are extremely useful in your day-to-day work with AutoCAD: selection filters and the Calculator. The discussion of these tools is saved until the end of this chapter because you don’t really need them until you’ve become accustomed to the way AutoCAD works. Chances are you’ve…

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Understanding Line Weights Line Types and Dimensions in Paper Space

There are a number of features in AutoCAD that act differently depending on whether you are in Paper Space or Model Space. The most visible of these features are line weights line types and dimensions In this section you’ll take a closer look at these features and you’ll see how to use them in conjunction with Paper Space. Controlling…

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Creating and Using Multiple Paper Space Layouts

You’re not limited to just one Paper Space layout. You can have as many Paper Space layouts as you want with each layout set up for a different sheet size containing different views of your drawing. You can use this feature to set up multiple drawing sheets based on a single AutoCAD drawing file. Imagine that you have…

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Working with Paper SpaceViewporis

Paper Space is intended as a page-layout or composition tool. You can manipulate viewports’ sizes, scale their view independently of one another, and even set layering and line-type scales independently. Let’s try manipulating the shape and location of viewports using the Modify toolbar options 1. Turn off Running Osnaps if it is on. 2. Click the bottom edge…

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Creating New Paper Space Viewports

As you saw in Chapter 7 the different look of the Layout tab tells you that you are in Paper Spa ou alse learned that a viewport is automatically created when you first open a Layout tab Paper Space view. The viewport displays an overall viewof your drawing to no particular scale. In this section you will work with…

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Updating Blocks in External References

There are several advantages to using external reference files. Because the Xrefs don’t become part of the drawing file’s database the referencing files remain quite small.Also because Xref files are easily updated work can be split up among several people in a workgroup environment or on a network. For example in our hypothetical apartment building one person can be…

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Using External References (Xrefs)

Chapter 6 mentioned that careful use of blocks, external references (Xrefs), and layers can help you improve your productivity. In this section you will see firsthand how to use these features to help reduce design errors and speed up delivery of an accurate set of drawings. You do this by controlling layers in conjunction with blocks and external referenced…

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Using Grips to Simplify Editing

Throughout this book I’ve shown you ways of using the Grips feature to edit drawings. When and how you use them will really depend on your preference but there are situations where grip editing makes more  Here you’ll explore some very basic situations where grips can be useful Now suppose you want to change the location and orientation of…

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Working with the Fence Seledion Option

Next you’ll work on finishing the new bedroom door and entry. Once again you will get a chance to work with the Fence selection option. Fence is a great tool for selecting locations on objects that would otherwise be difficult to select. With Fence you can select objects by crossing over them with a rubber-banding line. It’s like selecting…

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Building on Previously Drawn Objects

Suppose your client decides your apartment building design needs a few one bedroom units. In this exercise, you will use the studio unit drawing as ‘!- basis for the one-bedroom unit. To do so you will double the studio’s size add a bed: room move the kitchenette rearrange and add closets and move the entry doors) In the process…

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