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Creating legends using the Change Space tool

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Video: Creating legends using the Change Space tool

One of the easiest ways to describe a design is by using a Legend. Legends provide a visual explanation of everything that's seen on a printed sheet. The difficult part about creating a legend is matching the size of the objects between model space and your layout. In this lesson we'll learn a quick way to create legends using the Change Space tool. On my screen, I have a drawing of a proposed landscape berm and all the plants that you see are being represented using blocks. let's take a look at the layout that's been set up for this drawing.

Creating legends using the Change Space tool

One of the easiest ways to describe a design is by using a Legend. Legends provide a visual explanation of everything that's seen on a printed sheet. The difficult part about creating a legend is matching the size of the objects between model space and your layout. In this lesson we'll learn a quick way to create legends using the Change Space tool. On my screen, I have a drawing of a proposed landscape berm and all the plants that you see are being represented using blocks. let's take a look at the layout that's been set up for this drawing.

I have set up an 8.5x11 inch title block, if I double-click in the viewport, you can see I'm displaying my geometry at a scale of 1 inch equals 3 feet, let's double-click to jump out, and at this point I'm creating a legend to describe the various plantings. Now I've got one more plant to add, so I'm going to double-click in the viewport again and I will select one of these blocks. It looks like the block is called blackberry lily, so I'll press Escape and then I'll double-click to jump out.

Now here's the typical problem we run into when creating a legend. I'm going to click Insert, and then I'll select the blackberry lily block. I'll click OK and then I'll click to place this on the layout, and as you can see it's coming in a true size which is much larger than what I need on the paper. I could insert this at a smaller scale, but that would involve doing some math and I'd have to do it for every block that I use for the legend. Let's delete this.

Instead I'm going to simply pull one of the blocks through the Viewport onto my layout. To do that I'll double-click to get in the Viewport, I will then launch my Copy command and I'll copy one of these symbols over to the side to use for my legend. I will then open the Modify panel and I'll launch the Change Space command. Change Space allows me to move objects back and forth through a viewport. I will then select my block and press Enter and that's it. The block was moved onto the layout, it's now perfectly sized and I can drag this over and use it for my legend.

I'll grab the grip and I'll drag it right down here. As long as I'm at it, I'll launch the Copy command and I'll copy one of these text items down as well and we will label this. You know Change Space also works great if you'd like to match a hatch scale used in model space. As an example, let's create a legend item that identifies this mulch.

Once again I'll double-click to jump in the viewport, I'll launch my Copy command, and I will create a copy of this hatch pattern over to the side, such that I can use it for my legend. Next I'll launch the Change Space command, I'll select the hatch and I'll press Enter. This moves the hatch through the viewport onto my layout. Now I'll launch the Hatch command and I'll click inside this rectangle to define my boundary, and then I'll immediately come up and click Match Properties and I'll select the Hatch Pattern that I moved.

Finally I'll press Enter to accept the hatch and I don't need this pattern anymore, so I'll select it and I'll press Delete to remove it from the drawing. And I'm left with a perfectly scaled representation of the hatch that I'm using in model space. The Change Space command just might become one of your favorite tools. It definitely takes the math out of have legend creation, and it's the fastest way to move geometry back and forth between your Layouts and Model space.

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  1. 1m 28s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 47m 11s
    1. Adding relevant data to Quick Properties and tooltips
      5m 38s
    2. Creating custom ribbon tabs and panels
      8m 55s
    3. Creating macro-enabled tools
      10m 29s
    4. Increasing speed with command aliases
      4m 44s
    5. Finding commands and system variables using Auto Complete
      2m 35s
    6. Optimizing the size of palettes
      3m 17s
    7. Accessing drawings using Favorites
      2m 25s
    8. Controlling notification bubbles
      2m 24s
    9. Restoring hidden messages
      3m 53s
    10. Following a blog from within AutoCAD
      2m 51s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Disabling mode settings on the fly
      3m 28s
    2. Finding hatch boundaries in busy drawings
      3m 32s
    3. Generating boundaries from difficult shapes
      2m 20s
    4. Calculating the overall length of multiple entities
      6m 16s
    5. Calculating the area of multiple shapes
      4m 42s
    6. Flattening geometry to a single elevation
      4m 0s
    7. Trimming all entities to one side of an object
      2m 42s
    8. Eliminating duplicated geometry
      5m 10s
    9. Creating true offsets
      3m 44s
    10. Finding errors when joining multiple entities
      6m 48s
    11. Moving and copying entities using Windows shortcuts
      2m 24s
    12. Solving expressions using the command prompt calculator
      5m 1s
    13. Using the Calculator palette
      10m 25s
  4. 21m 17s
    1. Bringing all text objects to the front
      1m 20s
    2. Underlining single-line text
      1m 21s
    3. Managing numbered and lettered lists
      3m 36s
    4. Creating superscript and subscript text
      3m 18s
    5. Removing formatting from MTEXT
      3m 26s
    6. Using fields to identify who revised a drawing
      3m 10s
    7. Squeezing text into tight spaces
      3m 5s
    8. Hiding extra annotative scales
      2m 1s
  5. 16m 55s
    1. Creating "one-click" dimensions
      1m 52s
    2. Dimensioning angles greater than 180 degrees
      1m 40s
    3. Creating dynamic dimension breaks
      2m 20s
    4. Making linear dimensions act like aligned dimensions
      2m 44s
    5. Finding dimensions with false values
      1m 38s
    6. Creating parent/child dimension styles
      4m 45s
    7. Making dimensions easier to read
      1m 56s
  6. 14m 40s
    1. Making global edits to attribute data
      4m 1s
    2. Clipping references using curved geometry
      2m 21s
    3. Exchanging one block symbol for another
      3m 3s
    4. Using drag-and-drop to insert content
      3m 17s
    5. Creating a block library in two clicks
      1m 58s
  7. 10m 42s
    1. Making global changes to layer names
      3m 19s
    2. Converting all object properties to BYLAYER
      1m 43s
    3. Navigating layer lists using the keyboard
      2m 5s
    4. Producing a hard copy of the layer settings
      1m 34s
    5. Removing stubborn layers
      2m 1s
  8. 25m 1s
    1. Accessing viewports within viewports
      3m 21s
    2. Creating viewports with islands
      6m 5s
    3. Creating legends using the Change Space tool
      3m 55s
    4. Rotating viewport content to match layout
      4m 55s
    5. Importing layouts from template files
      2m 3s
    6. Visualizing multiple design alternates
      4m 42s
  9. 30m 18s
    1. Consolidating backup files into a single folder
      2m 48s
    2. Launching applications from within AutoCAD
      3m 53s
    3. Creating custom linetypes
      5m 9s
    4. Incorporating symbols into custom linetypes
      2m 48s
    5. Salvaging data from a corrupt drawing
      3m 57s
    6. Applying hyperlinks to drawing objects
      3m 34s
    7. Converting drawings from name-based to color-based plot styles
      2m 0s
    8. Identifying the owner of a drawing
      1m 18s
    9. Incorporating drawings into PowerPoint presentations
      4m 51s
  10. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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