Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating different revision cloud types, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Instructor] So we're into another AutoCAD tip and trick from lynda.com. This time, we're going to look at the revcloud command, the revision clouds in AutoCAD. So we've got a new drawing open for you there. You can find that, as usual, in your lynda.com exercise files to download, and of course, follow along with the video. Now you'll notice, it's a very, very simple drawing. What I tried to do with all of these tips and tricks is make them nice and simple, so that you can physically see the techniques that I'm using.
You can then apply those techniques to any complicated drawing that you may be working on in your working environment. So in this nice, simple revision clouds drawing, we've got a rectangle, a seven-sided polygon, a heptagon, and also a circle. And we're going to look now at the new ways that revision cloud, the command, works in AutoCAD. So before we do that, in this particular drawing, if you go to the Layers panel and then go to the Layers pulldown, you'll see that we've got a Revclouds layer, and it's red.
Just make sure it's the current layer, so that when you draw your revclouds, they are distinguished from other objects, obviously, in the drawing itself. So let's have a look now at a rectangular revcloud. Now, where do you find the revcloud command? It's kind of disappeared with the ribbon and everything. It's in the Home tab on the ribbon, it's in the draw panel here, click on the little pin, just to pin it out so it doesn't keep jumping back into the ribbon, and it's right here. If you click on the fly out here now, you'll see that we've got a rectangular rev cloud, a polygonal rev cloud, and a freehand rev cloud.
Three different types of revcloud. How cool. So let's go for rectangular first, for our rectangle. Now, before you start drawing any rev cloud, always, always, always, check your arc length. It's a real simple right click, go to Arc length on the shortcut menu, and you can see there, it's at 0.5 millimeters. This is a metric millimeters drawing, by the way. So that's going to be absolutely useless to me. I need something like, about 75 millimeters for the arc length, so I type in 75, press enter, the the maximum length of the arc will also be 75, press enter.
Then, when I come down here, and I click just outside the rectangle and drag, can you see, there's my rectangular rev cloud, and I click like so. Very quick, very easy. Now if I just undo that a second, and go back to my revcloud command here, my rectangular rev cloud, notice as well if I right-click and go back to Arc length, it'll remember the arc length. Now in this case, it won't, cause I did an undo. So I have to type in my 75 again.
So just remember, when you undo any of your rev clouds, it obviously resets it back to the default 0.5. So 75, press enter, accept the maximum length of arc is 75 as well. Now if you look down on the command line there, you can see that we've got Arc length, Object, Rectangular, Polygonal, Freehand, Style, and Modify. What happens if I right-click and went for Object? Select the object now. If I click on that rectangle, it turns the object into a rev cloud.
How wonderful is that? I love that. I'm just going to hit escape there because I want my rectangle, obviously, to remain as a rectangle. So I go back now to Revcloud and Rectangular, and make sure, right-click and check your arc length, don't select object like I just did there, so just make sure that you hit Escape once and right-click, repeat Revcloud, and we'll do the right-click and the Arc length again. Again, if you make these simple little errors, it's very quick and easy just to right-click and go back again.
Always remember that in any AutoCAD setup or command or whatever, you can always right-click and undo one step, or right-click and repeat the command as well. So there's the 75, press enter, 75 for maximum length, press enter. Now I'll come over here, just click, drag my little rectangular rev cloud, click again, and there it is. All done. So let's try a polygonal rev cloud now. So I click on polygonal there on the little pull-down menu, specify start point, I'm going to click there, got the same arc length, and as I come around, can you see, I can follow the lines of the polygon coming around, making a nice rev cloud that kind of follows the same shape, and then I press enter to finish.
Now obviously, that's not perfect, but you can have a polygonal rev cloud, it's very, very useful. And then last but not least, we'll just jump into the freehand, and freehand, it's very quick and easy, just click, click, click, keep going round, and just following it around the circle. Keep clicking, and then when I get to the end, it automatically joins, closes out the command, you can see there, revision cloud finished on the command line. So there's my three types of rev cloud in AutoCAD, where obviously you can specify arc length, you can convert objects into rev clouds, and you've got your three types of rev clouds as well.
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