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Layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper

From: AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

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.

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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AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Introduction to AutoCAD
      1m 28s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 23m 3s
    1. Modelspace
      2m 19s
    2. Toolbars
      3m 22s
    3. Pulldowns
      3m 36s
    4. AutoCAD's command line
      1m 44s
    5. Dockable palettes
      3m 21s
    6. The Status bar
      2m 58s
    7. Saving your workspace
      2m 10s
    8. Essential settings
      3m 33s
  3. 19m 1s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 0s
    2. Mouse functions
      2m 1s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regen
      5m 10s
    4. The multiple-document environment
      3m 23s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 32s
    6. Using templates
      2m 55s
  4. 16m 32s
    1. The Line command
      3m 16s
    2. ORTHO and POLAR modes
      5m 44s
    3. The Circle command
      3m 26s
    4. The Heads-Up display
      4m 6s
  5. 15m 48s
    1. Defining units of measure
      6m 12s
    2. Drafting with architectural units
      5m 0s
    3. Drafting with metric units
      4m 36s
  6. 20m 49s
    1. Cartesian coordinates
      5m 48s
    2. Object snaps
      10m 27s
    3. Automating object snaps
      4m 34s
  7. 23m 26s
    1. Rectangle
      4m 20s
    2. Ellipse
      5m 58s
    3. Hatch
      8m 33s
    4. Polygon
      4m 35s
  8. 23m 19s
    1. Move and Copy
      6m 43s
    2. Rotate
      5m 4s
    3. Offset
      6m 1s
    4. Erase
      2m 5s
    5. Undo and Redo
      3m 26s
  9. 12m 34s
    1. Windows and crossing windows
      4m 48s
    2. Removing from selections
      3m 42s
    3. Using key-ins
      4m 4s
  10. 1h 4m
    1. Trim and Extend
      6m 53s
    2. Fillet
      5m 1s
    3. Chamfer
      6m 35s
    4. Array
      8m 1s
    5. Mirror
      6m 52s
    6. Stretch
      5m 49s
    7. Scale
      5m 17s
    8. Grips
      7m 37s
    9. Explode
      4m 16s
    10. Polyline edit
      7m 46s
  11. 26m 0s
    1. Layers
      3m 30s
    2. The Layer Properties Manager
      9m 6s
    3. Layer control
      4m 29s
    4. The ByLayer property
      5m 26s
    5. The Layer Previous command
      3m 29s
  12. 43m 5s
    1. Single-line text
      3m 46s
    2. Text justification
      7m 2s
    3. Text styles
      7m 30s
    4. Multi-line text
      6m 28s
    5. Editing
      3m 24s
    6. Bulleted and numbered lists
      4m 5s
    7. Symbols
      6m 17s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 33s
  13. 28m 58s
    1. Creating dimensions
      8m 35s
    2. Dimension styles
      6m 40s
    3. Callouts
      6m 40s
    4. Tweaking dimensions
      7m 3s
  14. 14m 48s
    1. The Distance command
      4m 15s
    2. The Property Changer
      6m 30s
    3. The Quick Calculator
      4m 3s
  15. 25m 8s
    1. Creating and inserting blocks
      10m 15s
    2. Using blocks
      5m 46s
    3. Modifying blocks
      4m 9s
    4. Building your library
      4m 58s
  16. 48m 29s
    1. Quick plots
      6m 40s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 35s
    3. Layouts pt. 1: Choosing paper
      3m 21s
    4. Layouts pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      3m 11s
    5. Layouts pt. 3: Cutting a viewport
      6m 17s
    6. Layouts pt. 4: Reusing layouts
      4m 14s
    7. Scale factors
      3m 58s
    8. Sizing modelspace text
      7m 15s
    9. Sizing modelspace dimensions
      4m 47s
    10. Sizing linetypes
      3m 11s
  17. 9m 57s
    1. Drawing compatibility
      3m 4s
    2. E-transmitting
      3m 10s
    3. Saving to the Design Web format
      3m 43s
  18. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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