Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Framing text in a title block, part of AutoCAD 2018 Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Last but not least in this Using Text section, you would also use text to place it on an AutoCAD title block. Now you'll notice I'm in the Annotate tab on the ribbon as you can see there. You can see I'm in the training text style. Now, what I've done in the drawing for you is in the Layout1 tab, I've actually created a basic AutoCAD title block for us to use. You don't need to know the why's and where for's at this particular time of how I created it. We will cover that later on in the course.
Now the idea being is everything in model space is all one-to-one, full size. So the text, top right in the offices that we placed there is 350 millimeters high. That will get scaled in a viewport, in a layout tab, in a title block. So we'll look at that later on. What I want to do is take us into Layout1 and look at framing text, appropriately in a title block. So if you come down to Layout1 here, bottom left corner, and click on Layout1, you'll see that there's a title block already set up for you.
You can see there's a viewport there showing the whole drawing or the grids, or the dimensions and everything else. Now I'm not worried about the actual drawing in the title block. It's framing the text around the drawing. So let's have a look at that and how that works. So just pan and then zoom in on the bottom left corner here, like so. You can see there's a line there that I've placed. We're going to use the end point of that line to actually physically justify some text to the left on the title block. So this is how you would frame it. You place lines, perhaps place a construction line like this so that you can utilize the end point of it for your text.
So, I'm going to place some single line text on here, and I'm just going to place the word title block. So I'm going to go up to the single line text flyout here. Make sure I select Single Line text, and then when I come in, it's asking for the start point of my text. Now you'll notice I can justify or select the style on the command line. So make sure you right click and select Justify. On that justify list, you want to select Left. We're going to go for the default left justification. Then it asks for the start point of the text.
Make sure your object snaps are on. Use the end point of the line there and click, and because obviously the text style is set to zero, it's asking us for the height of the text. It remembers the 350 that we used previously. Now, we don't want it 350 high. 350 millimeters high on an A1 sheet in this case would actually be over half of the sheet size. So the text would be a little bit too high. Actually the text needs to only be 15 millimeters high in this particular area of a title block, which is about 5/8 of an inch.
I'm going to type in 15 millimeters there and press Enter. Then it will ask for the rotation angle. Again, we're going to the right, to the east. So the zero, the default is what we want. We press Enter again. There's our little cursor and you can see that that sits nicely in that space there on the title block. So I now type Titleblock like so, and I press Enter once. I don't want any more text so I just press Enter again to close the single line text command.
There's my single line text. Nice and quick and easy. Now if I zoom out slightly, you can see that that's framed beautifully there. Now the reason it is, is I've set this up so that this line here is 45 millimeters above this line here. The text is 15, so that's got 15 millimeters above and below. So it looks nice and even. So you might do that in inches. You might have 5/8 of an inch. 5/8 of an inch for the text. 5/8 of an inch above. Depends on what units you're working in. Now, panning again with the title block, and just zooming out a bit and panning again, you can see the top of the title block, top right there's an area for notes.
So what I'm going to do there is just leave that space like that, zooming and panning. I'm going to use the multiline text. Now the trick here is to remove the object snaps. You don't want to get your multiline text right in this corner or right in this corner. So I'm going to switch off object snap tracking, and object snaps at this point in time. Then what I'm going to do is place a multiline text area in here. It can be extended at any time to be made bigger if I want to. So again, I now go over here to the Annotate tab on the ribbon, into the Text panel, click on the flyout, and select Multiline text.
When I come in, you can see that there's the 15 millimeter-high text. Now I can change the height of the text at any time. Don't worry if it goes outside the title block. You'll see why in a moment. Now I'm going to use the crosshair, get roughly in the corner there, click, and just drag the text area so it fits inside the notes area on the title block like that, and click again. Now the text is quite big. I'm not going to worry about that. I'm going to change that in a moment, and I'll show you how, but I'm just now going to type NOTES in capitals, and then perhaps put a colon, press Enter.
The nice thing about notes and multiline text is I can now go up here to the Paragraph panel on the text editor here, click on the flyout, and I want some numbered text. So there's my first number there. I might put This is the notes column. Now I've just started typing and it's all gone a bit crazy. Why is that? You have to click back in the text editor area. It's a very common mistake and I've deliberately done it to show you, but when you change to numbered here, you then have to come back in here and click in the text area just to make sure that you're working in the right place.
Otherwise AutoCAD thinks you're going to click on something else on the ribbon. Now, if I type, can you see, This is the notes column. Like that, and I'll just do a full stop. When I press Enter, notice is automatically drops the text area down for however much text I need. So I'll put This is my drawing. Now obviously this is not the sort of thing that you would put in the notes column, but what I'm trying to show you is how the text works. Now, we're in multiline text.
So I can just move away from the text, click outside and it places the text. Now, if I zoom out, you can see that that text is way too big for that notes column. So we need to make it much, much smaller. So, I'm going to select the text, double click on it, and then I'm going to highlight it in the editor like that. Highlight all of it, and then what I can do up here is I can come in here now, into the Style box, and change the actual height of the text. So I'm in the Text Editor tab on the ribbon, which is the Contextual tab that comes up when I double click on the multiline text.
Change the height of that to say, 3.5 millimeters, and I press Enter and all of the text updates. I click away from the text and it's edited. If I zoom in now, can you see that text is much, much more sensible. Now, you can see that there's some spacing issues going there. So I'll double click on the text again. What I can do there is change the spacing of that. Can you see here, I can change the spacings and the paragraphing and the columns and so on. Now, don't worry about the spacings too much there. That can be updated at another time, but obviously the text height has to be sensible to fit into the actual title block itself.
What we'll do as we work through this course is I'll show you how to set up a title block, place the text accordingly. Now this obviously isn't spaced properly. I haven't obviously justified it. I haven't underlined it or made any text bold or anything like that. So it doesn't look amazing, but if I just double click to Zoom Extents now, you can see if I zoom out a little bit, you can see how that text is nice and neatly framed in a title block. That's how you frame your text in a title block in AutoCAD 2017.
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