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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.
No matter what you are drafting, at some point you are going to need to add some text. Fortunately, AutoCAD has several annotation tools to help you get the job done. In this lesson, we're going to look at single line text. On my screen, I have a mechanical example. This drawing contains a standard top view, front view, right-side view and an isometric view. Now I would like to create some simple labels for these views. In AutoCAD, we can create two types of text. Single Line and Multi-line Text. Since my labels are only going to be a couple of words, I am going to use the Single Line method.
First of all, take a look at my Layer control. Notice, I have created a layer for my text and I have set that Layer current. Next, I am going to move up to the Annotation panel, and I'll click this fly-out and I will select Single Line from the menu. Now I can choose the location where I would like to place my label. I am going to click right here and now AutoCAD is asking me for height. The text height is very important, because you want to make sure that your text is readable when the drawing is plotted. We'll talk about setting appropriate text heights a little bit later after we have talked about plotting.
For right now, I am going to use a text height of 0.55, and I will press Enter. Finally, AutoCAD wants a rotation angle. How do I want this text to read? Well, I could free pick a rotation angle on screen or I can enter a value. In this case, I am going to press my Enter key to accept the default value of 0. This will ensure that my text will read horizontally on screen. I will then enter my text. I will type TOP VIEW, I will press Enter and then I'll press Enter again to finish the command. Alright! Let's label the front view.
I am going to move back to the Ribbon, and since Single Line Text was our last choice, that becomes the default icon right here. I'll click to re-launch the command and then I'll pick a point on screen to place my label. I will then hit Enter to accept the default height and rotation angle, and I'll type FRONT VIEW, Enter, Enter. Let's try this. I'll press the Spacebar to re-launch the command. Let's label this view, make a point on screen, I'll press Enter through the defaults and we'll call this the RIGHT SIDE VIEW, Enter, Enter.
And I'd like to create one more label for the isometric view. Let's do that, and this time we'll use a rotation angle. I am going to re-launch the command and I'd like to start my text at the end point of this line, and let's make our text a little bit smaller. I am going to type 0.45 for my text type and I'll press Enter. Now, my rotation angle. rather than having this text read horizontally on screen, I am going to define the rotation angle by selecting the end point of this line. Then, I'll type ISOMETRIC VIEW and I'll press Enter twice.
Now, this text is a little bit close to the line. It's important to note that text is just like any other object in AutoCAD. We can treat it just like standard geometry. So I am going to launch the move command, then I'll select my text, and right-click, and I would like to pick this up from the end point of this line, and I will move it a little bit farther away. Single Line Text is the perfect choice for view labels, area labels, street names, title block information or any other annotation that doesn't require Paragraph Style formatting.
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