Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Stretching elements

From: AutoCAD 2013 Essentials: 03 Editing and Organizing Drawings

Video: Stretching elements

When a design changes, you may be tempted to erase your line work and start over. Most of the time though erasing isn't necessary. It can actually be faster to edit the geometry that you already have. In this lesson, we are going to look at the Stretch command. Stretch allows us to modify geometry by pushing and pulling it into any shape we need. On my screen I have an abstract example. I've got a shape that's 39" wide, it has a 5" notch that's been cut into it, 14" from the right side.

Stretching elements

When a design changes, you may be tempted to erase your line work and start over. Most of the time though erasing isn't necessary. It can actually be faster to edit the geometry that you already have. In this lesson, we are going to look at the Stretch command. Stretch allows us to modify geometry by pushing and pulling it into any shape we need. On my screen I have an abstract example. I've got a shape that's 39" wide, it has a 5" notch that's been cut into it, 14" from the right side.

Let's say that I would like to add 3" to the right side of this object. Well, rather than offsetting and extending and trimming, it would be much faster to come up to the Modify panel and launch the Stretch command. The trick to using Stretch is selecting your objects using a crossing window. I am going to click down here to lower right and I will pull up and create a crossing window around the endpoints that I want to move. Essentially, the Stretch command is an endpoint mover. I will click to finish my window. I will press Enter when I'm finished, and I'll pick this geometry up from the lower right corner, and as I move my cursor, you can see I am stretching or moving those selected endpoints.

To make this accurate, I want to turn my Ortho on and I will pull to the right and type 3", Enter. Let's make another change. Currently this notch is 17" away from the right side; maybe I would like it to be 21" away. So I have to add 4". I will go back to the Stretch command, I will create a crossing selection around the endpoints that I want to move. I will press Enter when I am finished, I will pick this geometry up from the lower left corner of the notch, I will pull to the left and type 4", Enter.

Let's make one more change. I would like to change the width of the notch, currently it's 5". Maybe I would like this to be 3" wide. Once again, I will launch the Stretch command and I'm going to apply the changes to the left side. So I will create a crossing window around those two endpoints. I will pick the geometry up from the lower left corner of the notch and I will pull this to the right, and as I pull, I am being mindful of the running objects snap. Notice that AutoCAD is currently looking at that endpoint. I am going to type 2" and press Enter and notice that nothing happens.

That's because that running objects snap is more important than the number that I just typed in. In order to make this stretch work, I need to move my cursor up slightly, so that AutoCAD can't see that endpoint anymore. I will type 2" and I will press Enter. Now that we understand how the Stretch command works, let's try and use it in a practical example. This geometry represents a small coffee table. Currently, the table measures 42" wide. Let's say I'd like to make it 48" wide. Since it's symmetrical, let's add 3" to either side.

I will launch the Stretch command and I am going to create a crossing window around all of these endpoints. I will press Enter when I am finished, I will pick the geometry up from this endpoint and I will pull to the left and type 3". I will press the spacebar to go back into the Stretch command. I will grab the endpoints on this side, I am being mindful not to include the end of the drawer. I don't want to stretch that geometry. When it comes to picking a point to stretch your geometry, really, you don't have to pick a point on the object itself, I could pick a point and space here; pull to the right and type 3".

Let's change one more thing. I would like to apply a taper to the legs. I would like to take an inch off the bottom and add 2" to the top of each leg. I will launch Stretch and I will select this endpoint. I will grab it from the endpoint here and I will pull to the right 2". I will then press the spacebar to go right back into the command. I will grab this endpoint and I am going to pick it up from a point and space, this way my running objects snaps don't get in the way, I will pull to the left and I will type 1".

I will press the spacebar to go back into the command. One more time we will pull this leg out 2" and I will push this leg in 1". As you can see the Stretch command is one of the fastest ways to edit a drawing. It allows us to easily modify our geometry and avoid a lot of unnecessary erasing.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed AutoCAD 2013 Essentials: 03 Editing and Organizing Drawings.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.