Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up a metric multileader style, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Instructor] Welcome to the world of AutoCAD once again. We've got another tip and trick for you, and we've got another nice new drawing for you, for you to use for this particular video. You can see the name of it there at the top of the AutoCAD screen. It's ANNOTATION_MetricMLeaderStyle.dwg. That's actually quite difficult to say, and I'm beginning to wonder whether I should have named it differently. But the whole idea is that we're talking about annotation and creating a metric Multileader style. Now, in the drawing itself, it's a standard floor plan.
You've got your doors, your windows, your walls, a bit of furniture, some grid lines, some dimensions, and so on. Now what we're going to do is make sure that we're on this layer here, A ANNO-DIMS. Now, in the Dimensions panel, you can specify an override of a layer. Just make sure in your Home tab though, you're also in the right layer. Because, as you can see, when you place dimensions, it goes on the right layer. In here, you need to check that you're in your A ANNO-DIMS layer, which is that one there. Make sure that's the current layer.
Then go back to your Annotate tab, and then we're going over here to the Leaders panel. Now we need to create a new Multileader style, and it needs to be metric. So, in this particular drawing, we're using metric millimeters, and we're in the Model tab, which means everything's real size. So when we look at some of these dimensions, for example, they are real size. If I zoom in near the sofa and just pan down a tad like that, you can see, look, that distance there is 5250, that's 5.25 meters.
So we're need to make sure that our Multileader is the right size show up in context with all of the other dimensions. So we go to the Leaders panel, click on the little arrow to bring up our Multileader style manager. And you see that all we've got is the default Multileader style. So we're going to click on New. And we want to create a new Multileader style, so you might want to call this something like MLEADER1, Multileader one, maybe put the er in so it's a bit more readable, like that. And then underscore, and then perhaps Metric, for example, like that.
And then start with Standard, because it's the only default style we've got. It's not going to be Annotative, so click on Continue. Now, this is where we've got to start thinking about the style, very much like if you were creating a text style or a dimension style. So we're going to start with the Leader Format tab, and the type of Multileader I'm going to use is Spline. I like the one with the little curve on it. Reason being, the curve then distinguishes itself from all the nice, regular dimensions that you've already got on your drawing. Now, like dimension styles and text styles and things, you want everything to be by layer so it adopts the layer that you place the Multileader on.
Line Type, again, by layer, Line Weight by layer. Now this is where it gets interesting because we've got to size everything full size in the model space. So I'm going to stick with the Closed Filled arrowhead, because that then ties up with the dimensions I've already got in the drawing. But the size needs to be much, much bigger. I'm going to go for something like 350 millimeters. And the Break size, again, needs to be bigger. Let's go for something like 100 millimeters. So the Break is going to be up here. So as it comes around, there's the little break there.
Then we go to the Leader Structure tab. So Maximum number of leader points, I'm going to leave that a two. And it's not Annotative, and we're going to leave it at a scale of one because everything's one-to-one. Everything's full size in the model tab. Then we're going to go to our Content tab here. Now you've got lots of different Multileader types that you can use. In this case, you've got three. But Mtext is just text. If you go to Block, though, you can pretty much have any type of block. You don't have to have one of the source blocks, you can actually use a User Block.
In my case, I'm going to use a circle. Now the reason I'm going to use a circle is I want a number in a circle on the end of my Multileader so that I can start numbering things. I'm going to use these leaders to number my furniture on my drawing. So I can then go to a furniture list later on, maybe in an AutoCAD table, and say that number one is the two-seater sofa, and number two is the little circular table with the chairs, and so on and so forth, so that we've got a list of what furniture is in this particular floor plan.
So what'll happen there is, if I'm using a Source block, you can see there in the preview panel it's got a bit big, but don't worry about that, that'll sort itself out in the wash. But it's a circle with a tag number, and mostly that tag number is an attribute within the little circular block. Again though, Color by layer. And we're going to change the Scale there to 100. We want it 100 times bigger than the actual block itself, because the block is drawn as a little block in millimeters. So we need to bring that up by 100, so that it works in context in our model space.
So when I click on Okay now, there's my new MLEADER1 Metric there. I'm going to set it as the current leader style. So, Set Current, there's the current leader style, click on Close. Just going to pan up a tiny bit, and then I'm going to go to my Leader panel and click on Multileader. And when I come into the drawing area now, it asks me for the leader arrowhead location. I'm going to patch use the midpoint snap on my sofa there. So I'm going to go down to my Object snaps, make sure that Midpoint snap is on, click on the little triangle again, switch that menu off.
There's my midpoint, click, and, as I drag out, can you see my arrowhead is a nice size and it looks in context with the dimensions? And because it's curved, can you see it kind of stands out from the dimensions? And I'm going to place my leader landing location there and click. As soon as I do that, because it's a block and the circle's got an attribute in it, it asks for a tag number. So that's going to be one for the sofa. Click on Okay, and there's my metric multileader right there with a one in it that stands out, it's a nice size, it's obvious on the drawing. Let's place another multileader now.
I'll come down here. I'll actually do a Shift and a right click now and use the nearest snap on the circle for the table. And I'll just bring that up and through. And, again, you kind of want it to come out and through the dimensions like that, so it doesn't kind of clash with anything. And I'll click there so, and that can be tag number two, and I'll click on Okay. Now bear in mind with your multileaders you can align them as well, which is kind of nice. So I'll use the Align tool here. And it'll say select multileaders, so I'll select one and two there, like that, right click to confirm, select the multileader to align to.
So let's go with number two. And you'll see there that I can drag that across, and, as I drag horizontally, they line up together so that the two bubbles on the end of those metric multileaders all line up nice and neatly. So that's how you set up a nice metric multileader style in a millimeters metric AutoCAD (mumbles).
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