In this video, author Shaun Bryant shows you how to edit and manipulate objects using grip editing.
- [Instructor] Once again, we're staying in our Modifying Objects.dwg file, and as you can see I've left it in the same state as it was at the end of the last video. I'm hoping that you're just saving the drawing each time and moving on to each video as we go through this Chapter. We're going to have a look now at Grip Editing, so I'm going to zoom in on the green rectangle here. And the rectangle is made up of individual lines as you can see. So if I hover each one is an individual line segment. If I select one of the lines, you'll notice it's got three Grips.
One at each end and one on the midpoint of the line. So I can click on a grip now, like so, make it a Hot Grip, and I can drag this line anywhere I want it to go. So if I go to say, the midpoint snap of the original line and hit Escape, to deselect the line, you can see I've halved the length of the line. So I can use Grip Editing to resize individual line segments. Just pan across a little bit now and maybe zoom in on the center circle, of our little arrangement of circles here. If I click on this circle here, you'll notice that I've got Grips there.
If I click on one of the outer Grips, I can resize the radius of the circle. So if I type in one there as the radius, it makes the circle bigger, hit Escape to deselect it. Now, obviously, if I come in again and select the circle and click on the grip here again and come in this way, and type in 0.5 again, it resizes the circle back to it's original size. If I use the center grip and click on it, I can drag the circle around and I can move it around and place it wherever I want it to go. I'll just hit Escape this time just to deselect it.
If I zoom out a little bit more now, you'll notice here as well, if I click here, that is a poly line and you can see that I've got Grips on each midpoint like so. That's really useful, so let's just hit Escape there a second and deselect the white rectangle I've just selected and zoom in on one of the smaller red ones. If I select that one there, and I click on that Grip there and drag it to the right using polar tracking, give it a distance of say, 0.5 and press Enter. I've made that particular rectangle bigger by 0.5, by pulling it out to the right using the Grips.
Now the Grips are really, really useful, like that. They're really handy and they make my life so much easier because I can actually just resize in any of the four directions. So if I do 0.5 there as well, like that, also brings it out that way, downwards as well. If I hit Escape just to deselect it. You can see I've got a totally different rectangle to the original rectangle I had. Now Grip editing as well has a whole group of Editing Tools as well. So if I select this rectangle that I've been working on.
Click on the bottom right corner there and if I right click you'll notice that we've got some tools that are available that are Grip specific. So I can Stretch a Vertex, Add a Vertex, or Remove a Vertex. A Vertex is basically a corner or an intersection. So on that rectangle there, each of the vertices are the corners. Or, the other Vertexes are those midpoint Grips as well. I can also move about a Grip, Rotate, Scale or Mirror around a Grip. I can change the Base Point or I can Copy from a Grip as well.
So for example, if I did a move, for this particular rectangle. Can you see I'm moving it around that bottom right grip? Now if I right click and select Copy, it'll leave the original there. And if I just move over here to say there, and click there. You'll see I've got a copy and to finish hit escape do Deselect and it's done a Move and a Copy around those Grips. So not only do you have the Grips and the Vertices, that you can edit, you've also got all those Editing Tools available on the Shortcut Menu as well.
So when you're working with your Grips they're like a little miniature editing suite it's specific to an object and specific to the Grip that you've selected on the object itself.
Note: The exam objectives are not release specific, but the course has been revised to reflect the most recent version of the software, AutoCAD 2018.
- What is AutoCAD certification?
- Drawing shapes and lines
- Creating isometric drawings
- Modifying objects
- Creating and using arrays
- Working with polylines and splines
- Organizing objects and layers
- Reusing content with blocks
- Annotating drawings with text, dimensions, multileaders, and tables
- Creating layouts
- Setting printing and plotting options