Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Create and apply dimension styles, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- [Instructor] You'll notice that I've stayed in the 09_Annotating_HOUSE_Complete drawing. If you want to follow along with this video, as usual, you're going to be using the 9_Annotating_HOUSE.dwg file that you've been using previously to follow along with the rest of the videos in this particular chapter. So you can see I'm in the drawing, and I'm in the D-Sized layout tab right there. I'm gonna click on the Model tab. What we're gonna to look at is dimension styles, how to create them, and more importantly, how to apply them in our AutoCAD drawings.
So make sure you're in the Model tab and then using the mouse with the wheel just zoom in and pan so that you can see those dimensions there. Now you'll notice that the dimensions are imperial, they are in feet and inches. This is an imperial drawing. So you can see our styles here. So we've got a particular font, we're using architectural text, and so on and so forth. That is what a dimension style is made up of. Now if I want to edit my dimension style or create a new one, what I would do is I can either go to the Home tab up here on the ribbon and go to the Annotation panel here and click on the flyout.
And click on this little button here, Dimension Style. That will bring up the Dimension Style Manager, like so. I'm gonna close that for the moment. I can also go to the Annotate tab and go to the Dimensions panel here, and I want to click on this little arrow here, that will also open up the Dimension Style Manager. I don't mind which way you go. Now if you're gonna create a new dimension style, you would click on, New. And this will bring up the Create New Dimension Style dialog box. You'll notice it always adopts the current dimension style, which is Architectural.
And it asks me if I want to make a copy of that. The good thing is in AutoCAD, if you want to create a new dimension style, there is always a default dimension style, a bit like the layer zero in the layer manager as well. So you can copy particular parts of the default dimension style, whilst making the changes that are appropriate to your particular drawing and your particular standards. Now I'm not gonna create a new dimension style, I'm going to edit an existing one and apply the changes. So this might be the equivalent of me creating a new style with new settings.
So, I'll just cancel the Create New Dimension Style dialog box, like that. Now what I'm going to do, is I'm gonna select Linear here. Now, you'll notice we have Architectural and then it breaks down into a group of dimensions. Can you see that there? So, we've got various dimension styles, Architectural which comes down into Linear. And we've got Imperial Metric, which also comes down into Linear, like so. Those are known as dimension style families. So what they've done there is they've created the Architectural style and then they said for Linear dimensions only, we want these particular settings.
So, make sure you select Linear and not Architectural when you make the change. So select Linear like that and I'm going to modify it. So imagine you've clicked on New and you're creating a new style. Only I'm going to modify an existing style to show you as if I was creating a new style. So, I go to Lines, I set up my Color, my Linetype, my Lineweight. You would normally set these up too by layer, so that they adopt the colors the Linetype and the Lineweight or perhaps the dimensions layer. Symbols and Arrows here, I'm gonna look at because I want to change these.
At the moment, can you see these red bold lines are Architectural text? I'm gonna change the first and second Arrowheads to Closed filled Arrowheads. And in the preview there, can you see I've not got closed filled arrowheads? That's all I'm gonna change, but I will show you the other tabs. So I can change my Text, I can change my Text style. I can change my Fit, which I don't need to worry about because these are Annotative dimension styles that I'm using. There's my Primary Units which are Architectural, show me my feet and inches.
Alternate Units, I could perhaps select Decimal so that I've got some decimal values in there. If I switch that on, like so, can you see I get a decimal in brackets next to the Architectural imperial dimension value. If I switch that off again, you can see it just goes back to the regular feet and inches. And I can also set up Tolerances for cutting and things like that as well. I'm gonna click on OK now. And that's made those changes. You can see that there in the preview. So I've made those changes there to Linear, underneath the Architectural dimension style.
So when I click on Close, keep an eye on those Architectural ticks. As if by magic, I've applied that change. So imagine I've created that new dimension style and I've changed it to closed filled arrowheads instead and then I've started dimensioning. So what's happening now is when I place a dimension what will happen is I will get the closed filled arrowheads. So I'm in the Annotate tab on the ribbon, I go up to the Dimension flyout here, and I select Linear. And I'll just go from say that endpoint to that endpoint on the window, and there's the 2'-8", I can align that in using my snaps.
Click there and there's my dimension using the new closed filled arrowheads that I've set up in theory in my new dimension style.
- 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
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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.