Join Jim LaPier for an in-depth discussion in this video Underlaying images, part of AutoCAD for Mac 2015 Essential Training.
- Occasionally, we need to copy or trace information…that we cannot get in CAD form.…These might be topography maps,…component panel layouts, or even old hand-drafted plans.…Fortunately, AutoCAD for Mac allows us…to insert a number of file types as underlays,…both for tracing and other purposes.…AutoCAD for Mac supports many image file types,…including JPG, TIF, and PNG.…To start, I'll go to the Insert Menu here…and click Raster Image Reference.…
Now, I'll locate my file in Finder and click Open.…Like external references, I can specify the path type,…scale, insertion point, and the rotation.…I'll click Okay, select a point, and drag my cursor…to scale my image just big enough so I can see it…for the purposes of this video.…If I select the image, I get the image visor here,…which allows me to control things like the brightness,…contrast, and also fade my image.…
Fading can be extremely helpful, as it darkens the image…so we can see the lines that we're tracing on top.…As I mentioned, we can trace directly on top of the files,…
- Accessing palettes
- Changing preferences
- Opening and saving files
- Working with views
- Creating basic geometry: lines, ellipses, splines, and more
- Selecting, moving, copying, and scaling geometry
- Working with layers
- Using gradients
- Creating blocks and dynamic blocks
- Working with references
- Creating layouts
- Annotating drawings
- Plotting and sharing
- Starting in 3D
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Interface
2. File Management
4. Basic Geometry
5. Geometry Tools
6. Modifying Geometry
8. Advanced Objects
11. Plotting and Sharing
12. 3D Basics
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