Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Changing object properties, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- We're now in a new section in our AutoCAD Professional Certification Course and we're going to be looking at organizing objects. First thing we're going to be looking at is changing object properties. Now you can change individual object properties very quickly and very easily in AutoCAD. And you can also utilize layers to define the properties of objects as well. What we're going to look at first is actually the properties rather than the layers themselves. So I've got a drawing open, 7_Organizing_PROPERTIES_Complete.
If you want to follow along, it's the usual drill. 7_Organizing_PROPERTIES.dwg can be downloaded from your lynda.com exercise files. Now everything I've drawn here, so far, is actually on layer zero. So if I hover there, that's a line on layer zero. That's also a polyline on layer zero. Now you'll notice in the home tab on the ribbon, we have the properties panel here. Where we can work with colors by layer, lineweight, and linetypes by layer.
They're normally set to by layer by default. So at the moment, all of these objects in the drawing are adopting the properties of the layer zero. Now you can change individual object properties and sometimes you need to do that in AutoCAD. It depends on what you're working on at the time. So for example, this center line here, it's on layer zero and I might want to keep it on layer zero. But if I select it, and then go to the properties here, I can change the color so I might want it to be, say, a green color.
Like so. So I've changed the individual object property of that line. It's now green. If I now click on the center line again, and go back to the properties panel again. Let's say I want to change the lineweight. I want it a little bit bolder. Let's switch it to... 0.30 there. That made it a little bit bolder. Now I do need to switch the lineweight on down here in the status bar for that to stand out. Now if you want to check whether your lineweight icon is in your status bar, you go down here, click on the little three lines, and just check whether the lineweight is switched on.
Now if I go all the way up here, right up here, can you see lineweight is unticked? So if I click that there, and then click on the little three lines thing, see my lineweight tool on and off is here. So if I now click on that, you can see that that is a bolder line because my lineweight is now on. Let's go back to that properties panel and, last but not least, let's change the linetype and make that a center line. And that is now a center linetype. Now if I just escape there just to deselect it, and zoom in a little bit, you can see that that center linetype there, the linetype scale is obviously very, very large compared to the size of the object.
So I might need to change the LT scale at some point. But it's very easily changed. I just select the line again, go back to the properties, let's change it to a different linetype this time, let's go for something like hidden. There we go. And you can see the hidden obviously changes accordingly and gives me a dashed line. So that's how I change my object properties. Now I can do this with all of these. I can select that polyline. I might want that to be say, red. Let's make that a red color and so on and so forth.
Now you can change all of your object properties at any time. You can also select an object and right-click and go to the properties palette. So I might want to change all of these dimensions here and put them on the dimensions layer, for example. So if I select each dimension, like so, and then I right-click in the drawing area, now that's just gone off the bottom of the screen slightly there but on the shortcut menu, right down near the bottom, you will find properties. And that will bring up the properties palette. Which has just appeared slightly off the screen there.
There we go. There's the properties palette. So you can see there that I've got rotated dimensions, as they're called in AutoCAD. And the layer at the moment is zero. If I click there, and select the dims layer. You can see that that changes to the properties of that particular layer. And the way that I can check that, if I now close the properties palette by clicking on the cross, and going here. Let's select one of those dimensions and go to the properties panel. You can see by layer, by layer, by layer. So that particular dimension there is adopting all of the properties for color, linetype, and lineweight of that dims layer that we've put those dimensions onto.
So that's how you can change your object properties in any AutoCAD drawing. Again, for your AutoCAD Professional Certification Exam, make sure you practice using the properties palette and the properties panel. To get used to where things are and how they work.
- Creating and publishing AutoCAD files
- Drawing shapes and lines
- Creating isometric drawings
- Transforming objects
- Creating and using arrays
- Organizing objects and layers
- Reusing content with blocks
- Adding text, dimensions, multileaders, and scales
- Creating layouts
- Setting printing and plotting options
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: Is this certification available for AutoCAD for Mac users?
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Q: This course was updated on 02/01/2016. What changed?
A: We added four new videos to the "Certification: What Is It?" chapter. These tutorials cover Certiport, the online certification service that now offers a variety of Autodesk certifications.