AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training
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Layer control


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AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

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Video: Layer control

Now that we have seen the full blown Layer Properties Manager, you may be wondering if there are any shortcuts for making changes to our layers. In fact, there are. In this session we are going to look how to use the Layer Control dropdown in the Layers toolbar. I'm going to open a drawing and I'm going to come up and click my Open icon and in the Select File dialog I'm going to look in Chapter 10 within our Exercise Files directory and I'm going to come down and we are going to open up the Stereo Viewer, drawing number 3. So I will highlight this guy and I'll click Open. Now on screen we have a mechanical example that's say 1970 stereo viewer.
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  1. 3m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Introduction to AutoCAD
      1m 29s
    3. Using the exercise files
      52s
  2. 23m 16s
    1. Modelspace
      2m 21s
    2. Toolbars
      3m 24s
    3. Pulldowns
      3m 36s
    4. AutoCAD's command line
      1m 46s
    5. Dockable palettes
      3m 23s
    6. The Status bar
      2m 59s
    7. Saving your workspace
      2m 12s
    8. Essential settings
      3m 35s
  3. 19m 8s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 1s
    2. Mouse functions
      2m 2s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regen
      5m 11s
    4. The multiple-document environment
      3m 24s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 34s
    6. Using templates
      2m 56s
  4. 16m 37s
    1. The Line command
      3m 17s
    2. ORTHO and POLAR modes
      5m 45s
    3. The Circle command
      3m 27s
    4. The Heads-Up display
      4m 8s
  5. 15m 51s
    1. Defining units of measure
      6m 13s
    2. Drafting with architectural units
      5m 1s
    3. Drafting with metric units
      4m 37s
  6. 20m 52s
    1. Cartesian coordinates
      5m 50s
    2. Object snaps
      10m 27s
    3. Automating object snaps
      4m 35s
  7. 23m 33s
    1. Rectangle
      4m 22s
    2. Ellipse
      6m 0s
    3. Hatch
      8m 34s
    4. Polygon
      4m 37s
  8. 23m 28s
    1. Move and Copy
      6m 45s
    2. Rotate
      5m 6s
    3. Offset
      6m 1s
    4. Erase
      2m 6s
    5. Undo and Redo
      3m 30s
  9. 12m 38s
    1. Windows and crossing windows
      4m 49s
    2. Removing from selections
      3m 44s
    3. Using key-ins
      4m 5s
  10. 1h 4m
    1. Trim and Extend
      6m 55s
    2. Fillet
      5m 3s
    3. Chamfer
      6m 36s
    4. Array
      8m 2s
    5. Mirror
      6m 54s
    6. Stretch
      5m 51s
    7. Scale
      5m 19s
    8. Grips
      7m 37s
    9. Explode
      4m 17s
    10. Polyline edit
      7m 48s
  11. 26m 8s
    1. Layers
      3m 32s
    2. The Layer Properties Manager
      9m 8s
    3. Layer control
      4m 30s
    4. The ByLayer property
      5m 27s
    5. The Layer Previous command
      3m 31s
  12. 43m 16s
    1. Single-line text
      3m 47s
    2. Text justification
      7m 3s
    3. Text styles
      7m 31s
    4. Multi-line text
      6m 30s
    5. Editing
      3m 24s
    6. Bulleted and numbered lists
      4m 7s
    7. Symbols
      6m 19s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 35s
  13. 29m 0s
    1. Creating dimensions
      8m 36s
    2. Dimension styles
      6m 39s
    3. Callouts
      6m 42s
    4. Tweaking dimensions
      7m 3s
  14. 14m 53s
    1. The Distance command
      4m 17s
    2. The Property Changer
      6m 31s
    3. The Quick Calculator
      4m 5s
  15. 25m 10s
    1. Creating and inserting blocks
      10m 16s
    2. Using blocks
      5m 47s
    3. Modifying blocks
      4m 8s
    4. Building your library
      4m 59s
  16. 48m 45s
    1. Quick plots
      6m 42s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 37s
    3. Layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper
      3m 23s
    4. Layouts pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      3m 13s
    5. Layouts pt. 3: Cutting a viewport
      6m 18s
    6. Layouts pt. 4: Reusing layouts
      4m 16s
    7. Scale factors
      4m 0s
    8. Sizing modelspace text
      7m 17s
    9. Sizing modelspace dimensions
      4m 48s
    10. Sizing linetypes
      3m 11s
  17. 10m 1s
    1. Drawing compatibility
      3m 5s
    2. E-transmitting
      3m 12s
    3. Saving to the Design Web format
      3m 44s
  18. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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AutoCAD is a computer-aided drafting and design program that is the industry standard for a wide variety of 2D and 3D work. AutoCAD 2008 features several improvements over previous versions, but the core functionality and workflows have remained consistent for years. Users who have any of the more recent editions of the software will find AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training to be a valuable resource. Instructor Jeff Bartels has taught and used AutoCAD for a decade, and in this course he focuses on the difficult to master concepts that matter most to professional AutoCAD users. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Opening, viewing, saving, and sharing drawings
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Mastering drawing fundamentals and specialized commands
  • Defining units of measure and controlling accuracy
  • Making primary modifications and major changes to a drawing
  • Organizing layers and reusable content
  • Annotating and dimensioning
  • Plotting with layouts
  • Sizing linetypes, modelspace text, and dimensions for a plot
Subject:
CAD
Software:
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Author:
Jeff Bartels

Layer control

Now that we have seen the full blown Layer Properties Manager, you may be wondering if there are any shortcuts for making changes to our layers. In fact, there are. In this session we are going to look how to use the Layer Control dropdown in the Layers toolbar. I'm going to open a drawing and I'm going to come up and click my Open icon and in the Select File dialog I'm going to look in Chapter 10 within our Exercise Files directory and I'm going to come down and we are going to open up the Stereo Viewer, drawing number 3. So I will highlight this guy and I'll click Open. Now on screen we have a mechanical example that's say 1970 stereo viewer.

Let's say I have to make some changes to this drawing and none of the changes that I will be making involve the dimensions. So I'm going to turn the Dimensions layer off. Now I could turn them off using the full blown Layer Properties Manager. I mean we could go right here and turn our dimensions off, nothing wrong with that. Let me click Cancel. I'm going to show you another way. We are going to use the Layer Control in our Layers toolbar. If I come up and click the dropdown on my Layer Control, I see what amounts to a miniature Layer Properties Manager.

In this menu I can see a list of all of my layers as well as icons that represent their settings. I would like to turn the Dimensions layer off so I'm going to move over my Dimensions layer, click the little light bulb icon and then I'm going to click in Model space to dismiss the menu. Now I would like to do a little work on this drawing. I'm going to zoom in on my front view so I'm going to roll my wheel to zoom in. I would like to add the missing eyehole to my stereo viewer. I happen to have one, I need to draw the other. Well, let's find out what the radius of this eyehole is.

I'm going to click on this guy and I'm going to hover over the grip. I can see that he has a got a radius of .3. All right let's create a new circle. I'm going to hit Escape to clear the grips. We'll zoom in a little bit closer and I'm going to launch this Circle command. Where would I like to place the center point of my circle? Well, I'm going to have to use an Object Snap. I'm going to come over and grab the intersection Object Snap and I'm going to drop my circle at the intersection right here. Now AutoCad wants a radius, I'm going to type in .3 and hit Enter.

Here's my problem. The circle's the perfect size, but I drafted it on the wrong layer. Notice that Layer 0 happens to be current right now. I want that circle to be on the housing-front layer. Let me show you how we can use the Layer Control to move entities from one layer to another. If I come down and click on this circle and highlight it, I can come up to my Layer Control, we will click the dropdown to open it up and then I can come down and select the layer on which I would like to place this entity. When I click my layer name, the entity goes on to that layer.

When I hit my Escape key to clear the grips, that circle is now on the appropriate layer. Now I believe I had another problem with this drawing, let me back up a little bit, yeah right here. In my top view, this line should be on the centerline layer and unfortunately it's not. Let's fix that line. Now I'm going to come up and click on this line to select it and when I do, watch the Layer Control. I'm going to click the Line, notice the Layer Control is telling me what layer that line happens to be sitting on. That can be a very valuable tool when you are drafting.

Let's put this guy on the correct layer. I'm going to come up and click the Layer Control dropdown. We will select the centrelines layer and when I do that guy is now on the correct layer and I will hit Escape to clear the grips. I can also use the Layer Control to set my current layer. Right now I can see that Layer 0 happens to be current. That means that anything I draft will be drawn on Layer 0. I would like to set another layer current. We could go to the Layer Properties Manager and adjust our little green check, but instead I'm going to set my current layer using the Layer Control.

If I click the dropdown, all I have to do is come down and select the layer of my choice. I will click this one and that's it. That layer is now current. Anything I draft will be on the housing-back layer. Let me show you one interesting anomaly with the Layer Control. If I click the dropdown, remember that this is my layer name and these icons represent settings that I can change. Unfortunately, I cannot change the color setting from here. The color setting that I see is for display purposes only so I can click that all day long and AutoCAD won't let me do the change.

If I want to change the color, I have to go into the Layer Properties Manager. Using the Layer Control gives you fast access to some of your layer functions and can be the quickest way to move an entity from one layer to another.

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