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Join Jeff Bartels as he covers the most important features of this industry-standard drafting and design application in AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training. This course begins with a tour of AutoCAD's interface and the tools used to create basic shapes. It then focuses on the methods used to modify and refine geometry while emphasizing accuracy and good habits to build a solid design foundation. The course covers using layers, line types, and colors to organize a drawing file and explains how to efficiently annotate a design and prepare it for final output. Throughout the title, Jeff shares industry techniques used in production and reinforces concepts using practical examples. Exercise files are included with the course.
Now that we have set up our layout and established a paper size, our next goal is to add the title block. Generally speaking, a layout acts just like Model Space. So if I wanted to, I could draft my title block right here on the Layout tab. I could launch the Rectangle command, and I could pick a point here and draw it to here. I can then press my Spacebar to relaunch the command and then let me turn on my running object snaps, I could start my rectangle at this endpoint and draw it to here, and I could slowly start building my title block.
Instead, in an effort to save time, I have already created a drawing that contains my title block geometry. Let's drag that geometry onto this layout. I am going to erase these rectangles, because I don't need these anymore, and then I will move up and launch the Open command. And then I will jump into the chapter_ 15 folder, inside of our Exercise Files directory and I will select this titleblock drawing, and I will click Open. Now that I have two drawings open in my interface, I am going to click the View tab, and then I will come down and click the Titled Vertically button.
This gives me a nice side-by-side view of my files. Let's clean up these views a little. I will start by zooming out and centering my title block geometry in this window, and then I will click to put the focus in this window, and I will pan this over and center my layout. To move this geometry onto my layout, I am going to click to put the focus on the titleblock drawing, and then I will select this geometry, and then I will click-and-hold on a highlighted portion of a line, and I'll drag this into the other file.
Now I will visually center this as well as I can. Alright. I don't need my titleblock drawing anymore, so I will close this. And then I will maximize the other drawing on screen. At this point, my title block looks like its centered fairly well. If necessary, I can always come back later and adjust its locations after I make my first plot. Now that the title block is here, I can zoom in and edit the text to suit my needs. The drawing that I am printing is a HEADLAMP MOUNTING PLATE.
In addition to title blocks, layouts are also a great place to put notes, legends, north arrows, and scale bars. In our next lesson, we'll complete our layout by adding a Viewport and setting our geometry to a measurable scale.
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