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Layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper


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AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper

Most production drafting will require us to create formal plots. These plots will typically include a title block that contains our company logo, client information, scale information, drawing titles and other things. To create our formal plots, we are going to use what's known as a layout. In this session, we will set up our first layout and choose our paper size. I'm going to open up a drawing. I'm going to click my Open icon and we are going to go into Chapter 15 inside of our Exercise Files folder, and we are going to come down to drawing number 3, the 80s Game Controller.
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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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6h 58m Beginner May 13, 2008

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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:
AutoCAD
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper

Most production drafting will require us to create formal plots. These plots will typically include a title block that contains our company logo, client information, scale information, drawing titles and other things. To create our formal plots, we are going to use what's known as a layout. In this session, we will set up our first layout and choose our paper size. I'm going to open up a drawing. I'm going to click my Open icon and we are going to go into Chapter 15 inside of our Exercise Files folder, and we are going to come down to drawing number 3, the 80s Game Controller.

I will highlight that drawing and click Open. Now, I would like to print this drawing, except instead of doing a Quick Print, I would like to print this drawing within my company title block. To do that, I'm going to set up a layout. To setup a layout, I'm going to come down and I'm going to click on my Layout 1 tab. Now, what we see on the screen looks like a piece of paper. It is a piece of paper. Also notice that I have a rectangle that appears to contain my drawing on the inside. Now, this rectangle is actually called a viewport and I don't want to talk about viewports just yet, so we are going to erase it.

I'm going to click my Erase button and then I'm going to come over and grab this viewport and right-click. OK, what we see on screen is a piece of paper. Notice the dashed line. That line represents the printable margin, anything that falls outside that line will not print. Now, the paper and the margin that we see will change depending on the printer and the paper size that we choose. Let's select a piece of paper for our plot. To do that, I'm going to come down and right-click on the Layout tab and select Page Setup Manager.

When I do, AutoCAD brings up my manager that shows me all of the layouts that are in my drawing. I will highlight the one that I want to change. It happens to be highlighted already and I'm going to come over and click Modify. Notice that my Page Setup box looks exactly like my Plot dialog box. That's because it works the same way. Essentially what we are doing is filling out our Plot dialog box ahead of time. So, I'm going to select my plotter. Once again, from the list, I'm going to select Adobe PDF. I would like you to select a printer that can accommodate an 11x17 inch piece of paper.

If the printer that you are connected to does not support 11x17, I would like you to come down and select the DWF6 ePlot printer. This is a virtual printer that gets installed with AutoCAD and this printer can accommodate an 11x17 inch sheet. So I'm going to leave my Adobe PDF. Under Paper size, I'm going to click the dropdown and I'm going to select 11x17. Under Plot area, we are going to leave this alone because we just want to plot the layout, we don't have to touch that. We don't have to touch the Plot offset either.

Plot scale, we are not going to bother with that either. The paper that we see on our screen is a true representation of the piece of paper, so it is going to measure 11x17, so I will always plot this at one to one. That's one of the benefits of plotting from a layout. Let me come down and click OK. And I will click Close to close my Page Setup Manager. Notice, I'm now seeing 11x17 inch sheet of paper as well as the printable margin based on the plotter that I chose. Layouts are essentially a visible display of saved plot settings.

The piece of paper we see on screen is a real-life representation of our paper as it will come out of the printer. In our next session, we will add a title block to our new layout.

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