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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.
AutoCAD drawings can contain several layouts. This means we have complete control over how or how much of our model space geometry that we plot. Since we can have multiple layouts, let's look at how we can organize the layouts in a drawing. On my screen I have an architectural example. this is a drawing of a proposed medical office. Take a look at my Layout tabs. Notice that I have already copied a layout into this drawing and if I select the layout, you can see that I have set my geometry to a scale and I filled out the rest of the title block information.
So essentially, this layout is finished. Well, except for the name, I call this sheet OV1, so I'd like to rename the Layout tab as well. To do that, I will double-click on the tab name. I will call this OV1 and I will press Enter. Notice that I also have two other layouts in this file. You can have as many layouts as you want in your drawing. If you have several layouts and you don't like the way the tabs are arranged, you can click, drag and release the tabs to change their order.
Now, these two generic tabs are currently unused, so I'd like to delete them. To delete a layout, you can right-click on the tab name, and select Delete from the menu and you'll get a warning saying, hey, you are trying to delete the layout. do you want to do this? Yes, I do. I will click OK. I am going to do the same thing to delete Layout2. No sense keeping layouts that we are not using. Now, maybe I'd like to create a new layout similar to this one, and maybe I'd like to use this layout to focus on one of the Exam Rooms.
I will start by creating a copy of this layout. To do that, I will click and drag on this tab name, and then I will hold my Ctrl key and I will release my mouse button. If I select this tab, you can see it's an exact duplicate of the original layout. From here, I will change the scale of this Viewport to focus on this Exam Room. I will start by opening the Layer Control and I will turn the Viewport layer on. Then, I will double-click in the Viewport, I will come down, and unlock it, and I will pan this over to center the Exam Room inside the Viewport.
Now, I will change the scale. Let's try 3/8 = 1'-0. That's not bad. I think I can go larger. I am going to try 1/2 = 1'-0. that looks like it will work well. I am going to re-center this and then I will immediately come back down and lock the Viewport. Now that I am finished, I am going to jump out of the Viewport by double-clicking outside the boundary. As I look at this, take a look at some of this extraneous geometry that we are seeing outside the room.
Remember that a Viewport is a window into model space. Watch this, if I select the Viewport boundary, I can adjust its size using these grips. I will click this grip, and I will pull it up to here. Now, I am being mindful of my running object snaps. In fact, I am going to turn t hose off momentarily. I will pull the Viewport corner up to here, and then I will grab this corner, and I will pull it down to here. When I am finished, I will press Esc. By adjusting my Viewport boundary, I was able to focus on exactly the geometry that I wanted to see.
Let's turn the Viewport Layer back off, and now I need to take care of some housekeeping, let's revise some of this title block text. First of all I will change the scale, this is 1/2 = 1'-0. We will call this drawing ER1. This is going to be sheet 2 of 2 and I will call this TYPICAL EXAM ROOM.
Finally, I will do a Zoom Extents and let's rename this layout tab. I am going to double-click and I will change this to ER1. Using these layouts, I am able to take my model space geometry and create two separate plots. AutoCAD drawings can support an unlimited number of layouts. With a little organization, we can take the same model space geometry and plot it any number of ways.
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