Category Archive for: Enhancing Your Drawing Skills

Adding and Removing Objects from Blocks and Xrefs

In theyrevious exercises, you removed objects from the Kitchen block simply by using the Erase command. You can also move objects from a block or Xref into the current drawing without actually erasing it. To do this, select Modify :> In-Place Xref and Block Edit >Remove From Wor.king Set. This removes the object from the block or Xref without…

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Clipping Xref Views and Improving Performance

Xrefs are frequently used to import large drawings for reference or backgrounds. Multiple Xrefs, such as a floor plan, column grid layout, and site plan drawing, might be combined into one file. One drawback to multiple Xrefs in earlier versions of AutoCAD is that the entireXref is loaded into Jllemory, even if only a small portion of the Xref…

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Using External eferences

This chapter’s discussion about freezing layers mentioned that you can insert drawing files as external -derences, in a way similar to inserting blocks. To accomplish this, you use the Insert ~ External Reference (Xref)cornm.ind. The difference between Xref files and blocks is that Xrcf files do not actually become part of the drawing’s database. Instead, they an.’ “loaded” along…

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Island Detection Method

You may have noticed that the Boundary Hatch command did not place a hatch pattern on the toilet seat. This is because the Island Detection feature was turned on. The toilet seat is like an island within the hatch area. The Island Detection Method radio buttons let you control whether islands such as the toilet seat are detected…

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Making Good Use of Freezeanti Off

The previous exercise showed the effect that freezing a layer has on blocks. When the layer of a block is frozen, the entire block is made invisible, regardless of the layer assignments of the objects contained in the block. Keep in mind that when blocks are on layers that are not frozen, the individual objects that are a part…

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Savini Views

Another way of controllinc your views is by saving them. You might think of savinC views as a way of creatine a bookmark or placehglder in your drawing. You’ll . see hew to save views in the following set of’exercises.A few walls in the Plan drawing are not complete. You’ll need to zoom in to the areas that…

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Enhancing Your Drawing Skills

Now the you have created drawings of a typical apartment unit, and the apartment building’s lobby and stairs, you can assemble them to complete the first floor of the apartment building. In this chapter, you will take full advantage of AutoCAD’s features to enhance your drawing skills, as well as to reduce the time it takes for you to…

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