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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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