Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Text, part of AutoCAD: Annotation Scaling in Drawings.
- [Instructor] So we're starting another chapter now in our Annotation Scaling in AutoCAD Drawings course. We're going to look now at objects that can be annotatively scaled. Now that's not very easy to say so I'll try not to say it too often. But we're going to look at the objects in AutoCAD that can use annotation scaling to obviously annotate your drawings effectively and utilize this annotation scaling tool. Now, you'll see that the drawing itself is remarkably similar to the one that we used in the previous chapter, the Introduction to Annotation Scaling.
And it is. And what I'm going to do is use this nice, simple example to demonstrate all of the little objects that can use annotation scaling in AutoCAD. Now, first one we're going to look at is single line text. Now, there's two little sort of caveats that you really do need to have in place here first. One is that you're on your Text layer, so Home tab on the ribbon, Layers panel, pull-down menu. Make sure you're using that Text layer that's already in the drawing. The second thing is that you need an annotative text style.
Now you can check this in two places: I can go to the Home tab on the ribbon here, where I already am. Click on the flyout here for annotation in the Annotation panel, and you can see there that I'm using Training1, my text style, and it's got the little annotation symbol, the little blue triangley thing there. So you can see that it's an annotative text style. Now we'll cover how to set those styles up later on in the course so don't worry about how to set one up right now. So there's the appropriate annotative text style. Now I'm going to the Annotate tab on the ribbon and you'll notice there in the Text Panel I'm also using Training1 there as well.
So I can use either tab on the ribbon. Now, again if I want to place single line text, I can go to the Text Panel here on the Annotate tab, and you can see Single Line text there, or I can go to the Home tab, and again, on the Annotation panel here, click on the file and there's single line text there. Now all I'm going to do is click on Single Line text and I'm going to come over here, roughly to the right of the object, and it asks for the start point of the text. Now, when you work with AutoCAD, which you should know already, when you place Single Line text, it always asks for a start point of the text, or as you can see on the command line there at the bottom of the screen, you can justify the text to whichever justification you want to use.
I'm not worried about justification. Justification is all covered in the AutoCAD Essentials course for AutoCAD 2017. However, I'm just going to click there for the start point of my text. Now, before I do that, look at the status bar at the bottom of the screen. Can you see there, 1:4? The annotation scale is already set to 1:4. So I click, it asks for the rotation angle of the text. I'll leave that at zero to keep it horizontal and press Enter, and it automatically goes to the cursor for Single Line text.
It does not even think about the height of the text. Now, how does it know how high that text needs to be? I'll explain in a second. I'm just going to put in there Section View, 'cause that's a section view of what we've got in our drawing, like that. So there's my single line text. Enter once, enter twice, that closes the command. There's the text there, and it has a height. How does it know how to work out that height? It's because we've got an annotative text style. So, if I jump into the Annotation flyout here in the Home tab, click on the Text Style icon, there's my Training1 text style.
And the Paper Text Height is set to 5.0. That's how it knows the height, and it's ticked as Annotative. So basically, because we've got a 1:4 annotation scale in the Model tab, it's automatically done four times the paper text height, five, so that it scales nicely in the viewport in the Layout tab. Let's just cancel that. If I click here, and right-click now and go to Properties, and again my Properties palette goes slightly off the screen. Apologies for that, it's a little bit big, but if I look here, there's my Annotative Scale 1:4, there's my Paper Text Height 5.
Model Text Height is 20, so that when you scale that by 1:4 in a 1:4 viewport, the text height will be 5. Let's go check that in the Layout tab. I'll just close the Properties palette. If I click here, you can just see the edge of the Section View text there in the viewport. If I zoom in a tad, it's there. So what I'm going to do is move that text in the layout here by going back to the model, and I'll click here, just click on the grip. I'm just going to place that above there like that. If I go back to the layout, there's the text there.
Now, it's appearing nicely in that viewport because if I click on the edge of the viewport, you'll see the viewport down here in the status bar is also 1:4. So that's how annotation scaling works with single line text when you're setting it up in AutoCAD 2017.
- Setting up a text layer
- Setting up an annotative block and attribute
- Inserting blocks and attributes into the drawing
- Managing annotative attributes
- Setting a hatch to be annotative
- Using a dimensioning layer
- Setting up a dimensioning text style
- Adding and deleting annotative scales
- Setting up a tolerances layer
- Adding and deleting annotative scales
- Using a dimensions layer for multileaders
- Placing annotative multileaders
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 05/23/2018. What changed?
A: WE added three videos on the new AutoCAD 2018 feature, DWG Compare, for comparing different versions of a drawing.