In this video, author Shaun Bryant demonstrates how to enclose text in various AutoCAD objects using the enclose in object command.
- [Narrator] Welcome to another tip and trick for AutoCAD. Now, what we're going to have a look at is the ability to enclose text in an AutoCAD object. such as a circle, a slot or a rectangle. So you can see that I've got circles, slots, and rectangles in the new drawing as pieces of text. And you can see the new drawing is called EnclosingTextinObject.dwg. As usual with all of these tips and tricks for AutoCAD, you can download the drawing from the website and use it accordingly to follow along with the video.
Now, let's have a look at this Enclose in Object command. It's another one of the AutoCAD Express Tools, so to the Express Tools tab on the ribbon. And again, it's in the text panel, like a lot of these text and annotation type Express Tools are. And you'll notice it's just there, just above the Text title bar there, Enclose in Object, and I'm going to click on it like so, and come into the drawing area. So what I need to do now is select my object that I want to be enclosed in an object, do you see what I mean? So we're selecting the text that we want enclosed in the object, so I'm going to select the text circles.
I will now press Enter to confirm that, and it's asking me for a distance offset factor. Now it's set to one, reason being is it's going to offset the circle around the word circles by a factor of one. That is in essence one height of the piece of text. Press Enter, I then get the option: Circles, Slots, or Rectangles. If I select Circles, it now asks me, do I want circles of a constant or variable size? In this particular instance, I want them constant because the text is a constant height.
So if I select constant, there's my circle around my text saying circles. That's how quick and easy it is, but the good thing is you can also do slots, you can also do rectangles, so let's jump in and do those as well. So again, we click on the Enclose in Object command up on the Text panel on the Express Tools tab. I come back into the drawing area and select my word "slots" like so, enter to confirm, use the same distance offset factor of one, and press Enter. We're going to enclose the text with a slotted hole, a slot, so I click there, do I want constant or variable? I'm going to go for constant again so it's constant all the way around, but as you can see now, when I'm maintaining a constant slot, do I want to maintain a constant width or height? In this case I'm going to say both, and can you see, it's constant all the way around the word slots.
What it does is it just looks at that factor and works it out constantly all they way around to make sure that it's nicely spaced. Again we'll do the rectangles now. Enclose in Object again, select the word rectangles, enter to confirm, distance offset factor one, press Enter, and we're going to select Rectangles on the little menu that pops up. Do we want rectangles of constant or variable size? I'll go for constant again, and do we want to maintain width, height, or both? I'm going to select both, and as you can see, can you see we've got a constant width and height going all the way around the word rectangle, so the spacing is even all the way around.
And that's how quick and easy it is to enclose text in an object in AutoCAD. And you'll notice, where I've put objects around those bits of text, it already begins to look more professional and more tidy and neater. I don't know why, but it just does. So use that Enclose in Object command where you need to. It does make things look good, it allows you to highlight text, the text stands out a bit more as well. And it just works, so use it, become more productive, and make your AutoCAD drawings look more professional by using the Enclose in Object command.
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