Zoom in to a small part of the line, and you’ll see that the line is indeed as you specified.
Since you are working at.a scale of 1″=1′, you must adjust the scale of your line types accordingly. This, too, is accomplished in the Layer Properties Manager dialog box.
1. Select Format> Linetype from the pull-down menus. You can also select Other from the Linetype drop-down list in the Properties toolbar. The Linetype Manager dialog box appears
2. Click the Show Details button in the upper-right corner of the dialog box. You’ll see some additional options appear at the bottom.
3. Double-click the Global Scale Factor input box, and then type 12 (Metric users type 30). This is the scale conversion factor for a 1″=1′ scale.
4. Click OK. The drawing regenerates, and the shower curtain rod is displayed in the line type and at ‘the scale you designated.
5. Click the Zoom Previous tool so your drawing looks like
Remember that if you assign a line type to a layer, everything that you draw on that layer will be of that line type. This includes arcs, poly lines, circles, and traces. As explained in the Setting Individual Colors, Line Types, and Line-Type Scales sidebar, you can also assign different colors and line types to individual objects, rather than relying on their layer assignment to define color and line type. How ever, you may want to avoid assigning colors and line types directly to objects until you have some experience with AutoCAD and a good grasp of your drawing’s organization.
In the last exercise, you changed the global line-type scale setting. TIlls affects all noncontinuous line types within the current drawing. You can also change the linetype- scale of individual objects using the Properties button on the Object Properties toolbar. Or you can set the default line-type scale for all new objects, with the Current Object Scale option in the Linetype Manager dialog box.
When individual objects are assigned a line-type scale, they are still affected by the global line-type scale set by the Ltscale system variable. For example, say you .assign a line-type scale of 2 to the curtain rod in the previous example. This scale is then multiplied by the global line-type scale of 12, for a final line-type scale of 48
the objects.you draw appear in a different line type from that of the layer they are on, check the default line type using the Linetype Control drop-down list on the Object Properties toolbar. You can also click Format >- Linetype. Then, in the Linetype Manager dialog box, highlight ByLayer in the Linetype list, and then click the Current button. In addition, check the line-type scale of the object itself, using the Properties dialog box. A different line-type scale can make a line appear to have an assigned line type that may not be what you expect. See the next sidebar, Setting lndiuidual Colors, Line Types, and Line-Type Scales.
If you are working through the tutorial, your last task here is to set up an insertion point for the current drawing, to facilitate its insertion into other drawings in the future.
1. Type Base.J.
2. At the Base poi nt: prompt, pick the upper-left comer of the bathroom. The bathroom drawing is now complete.
3. Choose File >Save to record your work up to now.
controlling Line Weights
You may have noticed an option in the Layer Properties Manager dialog box called Lineuieignt . With AutoCAD 2000, you can control the thickness of your lines by adjusting the Lineweight setting, either through layer assignments or through direct object property assignment. This means that now you have true WYSIWYG drawing in AutoCAD
In previous versions of AutoCAD, you had to assign final plotted line weights to objects based on their color. This method made it difficult to control how your plots would look because you didn’t really see the thickness of lines on the computer screen. Youhad to do some mental gymnastics to translate the colors on your screen to the final plotted line weights.
With the introduction of the Lineweight option, you have greater control over the look of your drawings. This can save time since you don’t have to print your drawing ‘Outjust to check for line weights. You’ll be able to see how thick or thin your lines are as you edit your drawing.
This feature isn’t discussed in detail in this chapter, but be aware that it is available. You’ll get a chance to delve into line weights.