Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating layouts, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- We're now in the next section of our AutoCAD certification preparation course. And what we're going to look at now is layouts and printing. So what I've done is I've saved the drawing that we used previously, in the previous section, the house drawing. So we've now got a 10 layouts printing house complete drawing. If you want to follow along with the videos open up the 10_LayoutsPrinting_HOUSE.dwg file from the Lynda.com exercise files and save as you go through each video and work through it.
You know the drill by now, so let's just get on with looking at the layouts and the printing. Now in the previous section I got you to create this Detail tab here to demonstrate the difference between the annotation scaling settings that you use in AutoCAD. Now it may be that you want to set up another layout tab. Now setting up layout tabs, you can do it in a number of ways. You can go to the output tab here, on the ribbon, and you'll notice that there's settings here for plotting and exporting, but there's no layout.
Where would that be? It's actually in this Layout tab here. So you'll notice, when you're in the layout tabs here, down at the bottom, you get a new Layout tab on the ribbon. So now, if I want a new layout, there they are there. I can set up a new layout, and set up the page setup for each of those layouts as well, which we'll look at later on in this section. Now the quickest way to set up a new layout, I often find, is just to right click on an existing layout, go to "Move or Copy..." here, and I'm going to create a copy of my Detail tab and I'm going to move it to the end, like that.
And then I click on OK and that will create, as you can see, "Detail (2)". So I've got "Detail (2)" there now, if I click on it, I tend to rename straight away. Right click, Rename. And I'll just lose those brackets there really, to be honest I want that to be "Detail 2", rather than "Detail (2)", like that, and then press Enter. So what I can do now, is I can click in this particular view pool. Let's double click in it, like so. And I'll change the scale there to say one to 10, like so.
So that zooms in. Now you'll notice how I lose the annotative scaling on the dimensions and what I'm going to do is just pan and I want to get that particular section there. Double click outside the viewport to deactivate it. Click there, and just drag that up a little bit, like that. So I've got a viewport that does something like that. And then I'll click away and hit Esc. So that's my "Detail 2", like so. Detailing just those windows on the corner of the building there. Now what I've done there is I've created a new layout tab, and you can have as many of these layout tabs as you want in your AutoCAD drawings.
It's quite often the case in the certification exam that they want you to create a new layout tab, set up a new viewport with a new scale. So practice, practice, practice setting up your new layout, placing some new viewports on the layout, and working with the layout tabs in AutoCAD.
- 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?
A: AutoCAD certification is on the Windows environment only. Currently Autodesk does not have plans for an AutoCAD for Mac certification.
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.