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Rotating elements

From: AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

Video: Rotating elements

The ability to rotate geometry is another fundamental skill we need to work effectively in AutoCAD. I am sure you will agree that it's much faster to rotate an object than it is to draw a new object at a different rotation. In this lesson we are going to learn how to use the Rotate command. On my screen I have got a drawing that represents a pseudo clock. Let's start by rotating this hand. The Rotate command is located in the Modify panel of the Ribbon, the icon is right here. Now that I have launched the command, I will select the object I'd like to rotate, and then I will right-click. Now AutoCAD is asking for base point.

Rotating elements

The ability to rotate geometry is another fundamental skill we need to work effectively in AutoCAD. I am sure you will agree that it's much faster to rotate an object than it is to draw a new object at a different rotation. In this lesson we are going to learn how to use the Rotate command. On my screen I have got a drawing that represents a pseudo clock. Let's start by rotating this hand. The Rotate command is located in the Modify panel of the Ribbon, the icon is right here. Now that I have launched the command, I will select the object I'd like to rotate, and then I will right-click. Now AutoCAD is asking for base point.

The base point is the point I will be rotating my object around. I would like to rotate the hand around the center of this end. Now be careful when you click your object snap, I have a running object snap of Center and end point. So whichever one my cursor is closest to, that's what I am going to get. I am going to click right here to make sure I get Center. At this point I can specify my rotation angle by free picking a point on screen or I can type the angle of my choice. I am going to type 45, and hit Enter. I just rotated that object 45 degrees.

Now here is the trick. When using the Rotate command, a positive angle will rotate around these counterclockwise. If I wanted to rotate this geometry in a clockwise direction, I'd have to use a negative angle. Let's launch the Rotate command again, and this time we will look at one of the sub-options. I am going to select the object I'd like to rotate and right-click. I'd like to rotate it around the center right here, and take a look at the command line. Notice I have a sub-option of Copy. I can create a rotated copy of my geometry. To access the sub-option I will right- click and select Copy from the menu, and for my rotation angle, I am going to type negative 65 and hit Enter.

Notice that my copy was rotated clockwise from the original. Now that we understand how Rotate works, let's try it out in a practical example. I am going to zoom-out, pan my drawing over. On my screen I have got a drawing of a workstation. I have a chair, and a desk, and a computer. The first thing I'd like to do is rotate my chair such that it faces the computer. To do that I will launch the Rotate command, I will select my chair and right-click. Now at what point would I like to rotate the chair around? Well, I don't have a nice object snap and you know what, it's furniture.

So I don't need a high degree of accuracy. So I am just going to click right in the middle of the cushion here, and then I will use a rotation angle of negative 90, because I'd like the chair to rotate clockwise. Let's take this concept even further. Maybe this drawing is for the interior of an office. Maybe I'd like to create a grouping of workstations. I am going to zoom-out a little bit and I will pan this down, then I will re-launch the Rotate command, and I'd like to rotate the entire workstation. So I am going to use a Selection Window.

Rather than picking these objects individually, I am going to click out in the space here, and then I will move down them to the right, and I'll click again to finish my window. That selects everything that fell within the window. I will right-click when I am finished. I will then select the end point right here for my base point, and I'd like to create a copy. So let's right-click to access the sub-options. I will select Copy, and I'd like to rotate my copy 90 degrees, Enter. Let's pan this down a little bit, and we will take it even further. I will launch the Rotate command again.

This time I am going to rotate all of this geometry. I will click right here, I will pull down to the right, and I will click again to finish my Selection Window, and then I will right-click. I'd like to rotate this geometry from the end point right here. I'd like to make a copy. So let's right-click to bring up the sub-options, I will select Copy, and my rotation angle is going to be 180. When using the Rotate command, the most important thing to remember is the significance of your rotation angle. If the angle is a positive number, your entities will rotate counterclockwise. Once you understand this concept, you can easily rotate your entities to match their surroundings.

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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding model space
      3m 44s
    2. Accessing AutoCAD's tools
      3m 2s
    3. Leveraging dockable palettes
      3m 1s
    4. Monitoring the Status bar
      1m 28s
    5. Understanding the anatomy of a command
      2m 14s
    6. Customizing AutoCAD's preferences
      3m 13s
    7. Accessing help
      3m 38s
    8. Saving a workspace
      3m 13s
  3. 19m 42s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 2s
    2. Understanding mouse functions
      2m 44s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      4m 24s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      2m 39s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 29s
    6. Saving time with templates
      4m 24s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Constructing lines
      2m 20s
    2. Locking angles with the Ortho and Polar modes
      4m 49s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 10s
    4. Activating the Heads-Up Display
      3m 16s
  5. 14m 48s
    1. Defining a unit of measure
      6m 28s
    2. Constructing geometry using architectural measurements
      4m 6s
    3. Working with metric units
      4m 14s
  6. 23m 45s
    1. Understanding the Cartesian coordinate system
      4m 53s
    2. Locking to geometry using object snaps
      7m 42s
    3. Automating object snap selection
      7m 26s
    4. Using temporary tracking to find points in space
      3m 44s
  7. 19m 30s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 56s
    2. Drawing polygons
      3m 4s
    3. Creating an ellipse
      5m 9s
    4. Organizing with hatch patterns
      6m 21s
  8. 29m 46s
    1. Making geometric changes using the property changer
      3m 38s
    2. Moving and copying elements
      4m 28s
    3. Rotating elements
      3m 48s
    4. Trimming and extending geometry
      5m 10s
    5. Creating offsets
      6m 16s
    6. Erasing elements
      2m 46s
    7. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 40s
  9. 11m 52s
    1. Selecting objects using windows
      3m 46s
    2. Adding and removing from selections
      3m 43s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      4m 23s
  10. 51m 12s
    1. Creating fillets
      3m 52s
    2. Creating chamfers
      3m 51s
    3. Copying objects into a rotated pattern
      4m 20s
    4. Copying objects into a rectangular pattern
      4m 58s
    5. Stretching elements
      4m 4s
    6. Creating mirrored copies
      2m 12s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 0s
    8. Leveraging grips
      7m 20s
    9. Exploding elements
      5m 47s
    10. Joining elements together
      3m 44s
    11. Editing hatch patterns
      6m 4s
  11. 32m 19s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 43s
    2. Creating and adjusting layers
      7m 20s
    3. Using layers to organize a drawing
      9m 17s
    4. Changing popular settings using the layer control
      3m 30s
    5. Understanding the BYLAYER property
      3m 37s
    6. Restoring previous layer states
      3m 42s
    7. Using existing geometry to set the current layer
      2m 10s
  12. 37m 43s
    1. Creating single-line text
      3m 11s
    2. Justifying text
      5m 18s
    3. Controlling appearance using text styles
      6m 10s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 10s
    5. Editing text
      4m 32s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 29s
    7. Incorporating symbols
      5m 28s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      4m 25s
  13. 28m 37s
    1. Creating general dimensions
      4m 13s
    2. Creating continuous and baseline dimensions
      2m 13s
    3. Controlling appearance using dimension styles
      4m 57s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      6m 6s
    5. Creating multileaders
      2m 53s
    6. Controlling appearance using multileader styles
      3m 23s
    7. Modifying multileaders
      4m 52s
  14. 25m 19s
    1. Inserting blocks
      4m 34s
    2. Creating blocks
      6m 41s
    3. Leveraging blocks
      5m 39s
    4. Redefining blocks
      3m 1s
    5. Building a block library
      5m 24s
  15. 13m 50s
    1. Querying a drawing using rollover tooltips
      2m 9s
    2. Taking measurements using the Distance command
      3m 2s
    3. Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool
      4m 25s
    4. Automating calculations using the Quick Calculator feature
      4m 14s
  16. 36m 6s
    1. Creating quick plots
      6m 4s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 48s
    3. Choosing line weights
      4m 32s
    4. Creating a layout, pt. 1: Choosing a paper size
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a layout, pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      2m 29s
    6. Creating a layout, pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      6m 9s
    7. Reusing layouts
      4m 3s
    8. Organizing layouts
      4m 19s
  17. 16m 49s
    1. Using the Annotative property to automatically size text
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Annotative property to automatically size dimensions
      4m 34s
    3. Using the Annotative property to automatically size multileaders
      3m 58s
    4. Changing the scale assigned to annotations
      4m 4s
  18. 6m 56s
    1. Saving drawings to other formats
      2m 27s
    2. Plotting to the Design Web format
      2m 15s
    3. Plotting to PDF
      1m 20s
    4. Sending drawings via email
      54s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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