Join Scott Onstott for an in-depth discussion in this video Placing elevation callouts that reference drawings on sheets, part of Creating Sheet Sets with AutoCAD.
- Now that we have a few sheets, it's time to hyperlink them in the traditional way using callouts. Before I do that, though, it's important to establish the North direction. In this project, North is up. But we need a North arrow. Type ADC for the AutoDesk Design Center, and press Enter. Open up the English US folder, or the folder that you have based on your language and country, open up Design Center, Landscaping, and click on Blocks.
This sample file contains a North arrow that we will use. Drag it out and drop it on the sheet. Close the Design Center. We need to scale this down. Scale. I'm not sure how small it should be yet. I'll just scale it down by a factor of .1. It's still too large. Let's scale it down again by a factor of .2. Now it's a bit small. Scale it up by a factor of 2.
That looks about right. I'll move the North arrow over here so that it's associated with the first floor. That will give us a reference to make sense of the elevations. Now, the North Elevation is a view of this wall here. It's part of the building. I'm going to right-click on the North Elevation node here in the Sheet Views tab and choose Place Callout Block, Callout. I'll place it right here.
This automatically comes in with the relevant information. It has the drawing number one, on sheet A-2. That information is coming through the fields. It's passed through the attributes and into the block reference. Select the block reference and choose Elevation. Use the rotate grib to rotate that arrow around so that it's pointing at the North wall. Press Escape.
Let's make sure that makes sense. Go and open the North Elevation by double-clicking on its Sheet View node. That's what the North Elevation looks like. The tower sticks up here on the left. Let's go back to the floor plans and see if that makes sense. This is the tower. If you were standing here, looking that way, the tower would be on the left. That looks correct. Now let's put in the South Elevation callout, right-click on the node here, place the callout block right down here, change its type to Elevation, and we're good to go.
West Elevation, Callout, goes over here. It's an elevation type, needs to be rotated down. The beauty of this system is, everything is already coordinated. Let's get the East Elevation node, right-click, put in the callout, customize the dynamic block. Now we've referenced all of the elevations. Let's go ahead and save.
Now, if we ever made a change, these will automatically be updated. Let's just experiment with that and see if that's true. Go to the A-2 elevations. Let's say I wanna renumber this so that it's numbered one, two, three, four. I'll right-click, go to Rename and Renumber. I want North to be four now. I want South to be three. West will be two, and East will be one.
Regen. Save. Go back to A-1 floor plans. Regen. Everything just got updated. Number one is now the East Elevation. Number two is West. Three is South and four is North. By using these callouts, you stay coordinated. No matter if you change the names or numbers of your drawings in the future, everything remains consistent.
- Preparing a template with a title block
- Adding attributes and fields to a title block
- Drawing callout-block geometry
- Creating the sheet-set structure
- Creating sheets
- Placing callouts
- Publishing a sheet set