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Saving time with templates

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Video: Saving time with templates

Instead of starting all of my drawings from a blank slate, why not start with a drawing that already contains the items we use most. In this lesson we are going to look at the concept of templates. As you can see I have just launched my AutoCAD and I am sitting in the default Drawing1.dwg file, this drawing is completely empty, it has no content whatsoever. Anything I want in this drawing will have to be created in this drawing. Now rather than starting a file using this drawing, may be I would like to use a different start-up drawing. I am going to start from a template.

Saving time with templates

Instead of starting all of my drawings from a blank slate, why not start with a drawing that already contains the items we use most. In this lesson we are going to look at the concept of templates. As you can see I have just launched my AutoCAD and I am sitting in the default Drawing1.dwg file, this drawing is completely empty, it has no content whatsoever. Anything I want in this drawing will have to be created in this drawing. Now rather than starting a file using this drawing, may be I would like to use a different start-up drawing. I am going to start from a template.

To do that I'll move up to the Quick Access Toolbar and I will click the New icon. This brings up the Select template dialog box where I can choose a new start-up drawing. Now there are several choices available. First things first, notice that each of these files has a dwt extension, dwt stands for drawing template. Technically there is no difference between an AutoCAD drawing and a drawing template. It's the exact same file just a different file extension. Generally speaking a template is merely an AutoCAD drawing that already has content.

Now the template file I want isn't in this folder, it's in the Exercise Files directory, so I am going to click my Exercise Files shortcut over here, then we will jump into the Chapter_2 folder and I will select the lynda template (06_lynda_template) and I will click Open. Now it doesn't look like much is changed, I am in a new drawing now called Drawing2.dwg. What AutoCAD has done, is it's taken that template file and used that as the starting point for this drawing. At first glance, this drawing looks empty. Take a look at these layout tabs, these guys have names now.

I am going to select the 8.5-11 tab and notice that this drawing already has a title block setup for me. Let's take a look at the 22-34, let's take a look at 11-17. While this drawing contains no model space geometry, it does have three preset layouts with title blocks that I can use when the time comes that I would like to print the geometry that I create. The idea behind a template is that you take the items you use most, you put them in a drawing and then you save that drawing as a template. Templates might contain formatted text, title blocks, company logos, dimension styles or common symbols.

By starting a drawing form a template, your drawing will already have many of the components that you regularly use. Now we are not going to be doing any work in this file, so I am going to move up and click the X to close it. This returns us to the blank file where we started. At this point you may be wondering how difficult it is to create a template. Remember, that a template is nothing more than an AutoCAD drawing, and I am in an AutoCAD drawing right now. So let's turn this into a template. First I have to add some content, and we haven't talked much about creating content yet.

So for the purposes of this example I am going to create a simple circle. I will move up to the Draw panel and I will click the circle icon, I will pick a point on screen for my center point and then I will pick another point to define my radius. Let's say this circle represents our company logo. This is something that we would obviously need in all of our CAD drawings, and we could create other content as well, but for right now let's just stick with this circle. To turn this drawing in to a template, I am going to click the Application menu, I will come down to Save As, and then I will come over and select AutoCAD Drawing Template.

This takes me right back to the Template folder. Notice I am now saving this drawing with a dwt extension, I am going to call this drawing my_custom_template, and I will click Save, I can now give my template a description if I want. I am going to keep the default description and I will click OK. Let's close this drawing and we will create a new drawing using our custom template. I will move up and click the New icon.

from here I can choose the template file that I created. You know, if happen to be wondering what template we typically start with, it's this one acad.dwt. This is the default template that is typically used for all new AutoCAD drawings. I am going to scroll down and select our custom template (my_custom_template) and click Open. I have just created a new drawing using my template file as my starting point. Templates can save you a lot of time. Think of it this way, why start all of your drawings form an empty file when you can start from a template that already contains the items you use most.

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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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