Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up a metric text style, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Instructor] Welcome to another AutoCAD Tip and Trick to get you functional, effective, and productive in the world of AutoCAD in your workplace. Now, as usual, we have a nice, shiny new drawing for you to follow along with the tip/trick, et cetera, and it's called ANNOTATION_MetricTextStyle.dwg. Now, that drawing can be downloaded from the website, as usual, for you to follow along with the video, and what you can see is we've got a floor plan, there. Got lots of text in the dimensions and things.
We've got lots of walls, doors, and windows, and it is a metric drawing, I hasten to add. So, it's all in metric millimeters. Now, what we're going to do is we're going to create a new metric text style and I'm going to apply that to all of the dimensions on this particular drawing. So, before we do anything else, let's zoom in on that top left corner so that we can see some dimensions close up there. So, you've got the grids, J, I, and H, and you can see 3050, 5250, and so on, and then I'm going to jump into the Annotate tab on the ribbon.
Now, the reason I jump into the Annotate tab here is because you've then go all of your annotation all in one place. Just makes your life that little bit easier and the text and the dimensions that we need to work with are all on that Annotate tab. So, I'm going to go to the Text panel now and you can see that our current text style is Arial with a height of 250 millimeters in the Model tab. So, if I click on this little arrow, here, like so, that takes me into my Text Styles, like so, and I want to create a whole new one.
Now, there's the current Text Style, Arial. Choosing the Arial font, it's a Regular Font Style. It's 250 high. It's using a Width Factor of one, et cetera, et cetera. What I'm going to do is I'm going to keep that height of 250, but what I'm going to do is just click on New, first, and I'm going to give it a new Style Name. So, what we might call it is something like ACADDims1 or something along those lines. So, I'm going to call it ACAD_DIMS 1, like that.
Now, it's up to you how you name a text style. Now, that's fairly generic. Now, why don't we follow a different naming standard, here. Let's change that slightly. Let's call it DIMS1, is the actual name of the style, underscore, and then what you might do is put Model and then underscore, again, and then 250. That tells you the name of the style, where you're going to use it, and the height of that text style. Then, when you click on OK, it's really easy to work out, isn't it, where you're going to use it because you might have text styles that you use in your Layout tabs, as well.
So, you might call a layout one something like title block, layout, 15, because obviously the text types differ depending on how you've set your layouts up. So, make sure that DIMS1_Model_250 is selected. We're going to change the Font name and I want to use a font called Tahoma. So, here's the trick. Click on the list, and you see it obviously starts with A and Arial is there at the top, right? If I press T, it takes me straight to the first font that begins with T.
If I press T, again, it takes me to Technic and so on. So, I'll just scroll up a little bit because I want Tahoma. I like Tahoma. It's a nice font, and we'll go for, in this case, something like a bold or a regular. Now, you'll notice, in this case, even though it's TrueType font, you only get Bold or Regular for Tahoma. So, if I go for Bold, stands out a little bit more. I'm going to go for Regular. Other TrueType fonts, you get things like Italic, Bold Italic, and so on. Tahoma I like, though, it's nice and clean.
We'll keep that there. Now, we don't need it to be Annotative text because we're placing the text in the Model tab. We don't need to worry about it sizing up because it's purely dimensions. Now, I've set a fixed height of 250, so that when I place this text, it will always be 250 high unless I go into the properties and tell AutoCAD otherwise. Now, when you're setting up a text style, got lots of lovely little tools, here. I can turn the text upside-down. I can turn it backwards. Kind of cool, when you think about it. But you'll notice in this particular font, I cannot set it to be vertical, because it's grayed out.
So, I don't want it upside-down, and I don't want it backwards. We want it that way so that we can read it, right? So, what we've got there now is we've got our Width Factor. I can change that. Let's say 0.5, that kind of squishes it all together with an Oblique Angle of 45 degrees. Now it looks kind of weird. So, if I make that Oblique Angle zero, again, change the Width Factor back to one, and the text looks the way we want it to do. So, I then Apply that and Close the text style. Now, it won't actually change anything in the dimensions, yet, because I've got to put that particular text style into my dimension style.
So, I'll jump up here to the Dimensions panel, click there, and go into my Dimension Style Manager. Our current Dimension Style is Diagonal, 2.5 millimeter Arial and it's highlighted there. I click on Modify and I'll jump into the Text tab, and you'll notice the Text Style being used, at the moment, is Arial. Let's change that to DIMS1_Model_250, like so. Click on OK, there, and all we've got to do now is click on Close and you'll see everything updates. If I zoom in, now, you can see that's a slightly different font. It's not a massive change, but sometimes with these corporate fonts, everybody likes a particular font for dimensions and text on your drawings.
So, that's basically how you setup a simple metric text style and apply it in context to your drawing. So, what I've done there is created that text style and applied it to all of my dimensions using that particular dimension style in my AutoCAD drawing.
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