One of the more tedious drafting tasks is applying notes to your drawing. Anyone who has had to draft a large drawing containing a lot of notes knows the true meaning of writer’s cramp. AutoCAD not only makes this job go faster by allowing you to type your notes right into the same document as the corresponding drawing, it also helps you to create more professional-looking notes by using a variety of fonts, type sizes, and type styles.
In this chapter, you will add notes to your apartment building plan. In the process, you will explore some of AutoCAD’s text creation and editing features. You will learn how to control the size, slant, type style, and orientation of text, and how to import text files
Adding Text to a Drawing
In this first section, you will add some simple labels to your Unit drawing to identify the general design elements: the bathroom, kitchen, and living room.
- Start AutoCAD and open the Unit file. If you haven’t created the Unit file, you can use the file called 08 a-unit.dwg from the companion CD-ROM. Once open, use Pile >Save As to save the Unit drawing to a file called Unit.dwg.
- Create a layer called Notes and make it the current layer. Notes is the layer on which you will keep all your text information.
- rum off the FIr-pat layer. Otherwise, the floor pattern you added previously will obscure the text you enter during the exercises in this chapter.
- Set up your view so it looks similar to the top image in Figure 8.1
- Choose the Multiline Text tool from the Draw toolbar, or type MT.
- Click the first point indicated in the top image of Figure 8.1 to start the text boundary window. This boundary window indicates the area in which to place the text. Notice the arrow near the bottom of the window. It indicates the direction of the text flow.
- Click the second point indicated in the top image of Figure 8.1. The Multiline Text Editor appears.
You could start typing the text for the room label, but first you need to select size. Point to the Font Height drop-down list and click it. The default font size highlights.
- You could start typing the text for the room label, but first you need to select size. Point to the Font Height drop-down list and click it. The default font size highlights.
- Enter 6 to make the default height 6 inches. Metric users should enter 15 for a text height of 15 cm.
- Click the main text window and type the word Entry. As you type, the word appears in the text window.just as it will appear in your drawing. As you will see later, the text also appears in the same font as the final text.
- Click OK.The text appears in the drawing (see the bottom image of Figure 8.1).
The Text window works like any text editor, so if you make a typing error, you can highlight the error and then retype the letter or word. You can also perform other word processing functions such as search and replace, import text, or make font changes.
The following sections discuss some of the many options you have available for formatting text.