Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Match Properties effectively, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Instructor] We're now in another AutoCAD tip and trick from Lynda.com. And what we're going to look at is the Match Properties command or match prop. Now you'll notice that we've got a new drawing open for you. And you'll notice we've got various objects in there. You can download the drawing from your Lynda.com exercise files to follow along with the video if you need to, as well. Now, as usual I've got a really simple drawing to demonstrate the technique of match properties rather than confuse your with a massively busy construction drawing, or mechanical drawing.
So we've got some fairly simple polygons, rectangles, circles, and there's a line here using the dash dot linetype. See the LT scale on that line is pretty big at the moment. We'll look at that in a moment in the video. So, match properties, how does match properties work? Well, what it does is it takes the properties of one object and basically places them onto another object in your AutoCAD drawing. So you'll notice here, we've got some objects here on a red layer. Which is Objects two. If I hover over that polyline there the color is by layer, the linetype is by layer.
So if I use Match Properties on one of these red objects and then take it over to a white object what will happen is the white object will be converted to that layer with the color and the linetype, et cetera. If I hover over one of these you'll see they're just on the plain old Objects layer, again, color by layer, linetype by layer. But it's white in the drawing. So let's go to Match Properties, which is in the Properties Panel here on the Home tab on the ribbon. And there's Match Properties there. You can just type match prop, if you want to.
So as soon as you click on it, or type and press Enter you can select the source object. So if I select my hexagon here as soon as I do that, it prompts me now with a little paintbrush to select my destination objects. So if I go one, two, three and press Enter I've now converted those three objects to that red Objects two layer. Now what I've done there is I've taken every single property across from the red Objects two layer to those objects that were on the original Objects layer.
Now you can take individual settings across user match properties, as well by using the Settings option. Now, before we do that let's address this line here. As you can see, it's using the dash dot linetype and, at the moment that dash dot linetype, the LT scale, is making the dashes and the dots and the spaces a little bit large. So, what we're going to do, we're going to type LT scale like os, and press Enter. Now, the LT scale at the moment is set to one.
That's the default value, 100%. So obviously, the one is a bit on the big side. So what we're going to do, we're going to take it down to five percent of that which is 0.05. As soon as I do that and press Enter can you see what happens there? As if by magic, this has the same linetype as that. But we didn't know it. So, that's what happens with this LT scale and you've got to check it sometimes and adjust it. So this is a little bit of a dark art sort of the force and the Jedi kind of idea there.
LT scale is very important sometimes. Especially when you've got objects like that. Can you see? Because where we've turned the corners on that, we've now got the dash dots on there. So, what I need to do is start matching properties. So, let's just do a basic match properties of that to that first of all. Now let's check the properties of this. If I double click on it like so, you can see obviously it's a polyline because it's opened up a Polyline Edit command there. So how do I quickly change the properties? Instead of just double clicking just select it, right click, and just go to Quick Properties.
There we go, and it just pops up real quick. You can see the color is yellow. It's on layer Objects three. And it's using a linetype which is that dash dot linetype because the Objects three layer has a dash dot linetype. So if I change this here to By Layer you'll see, when I close the properties here that it is actually, if I hit Escape, the same properties as that one there. Now, what happens if I change the individual color and properties of this? And then do a match properties from there to there? So let's do that, let's select that, go up to Properties here and do some individual properties.
Let's change the color. Let's make it cyan. And let's change the linetype, as well. So we'll change that to Continuous. So it's got its own linetype. And I'll just hit Escape to deselect it it's got its own color. But it's still, you'll notice, on the Objects three layer. So let's go in now and check how these settings work in the Match Properties to get that back to that. So, we go into the Properties Panel. Match Properties.
And I want to select my dash dot line which we know is all by layer using the properties of the Objects three layer. And then I come up here, and I just right click and I go to Settings. Wow, look at all these different settings I can switch on, and off. So I can switch off color. I can switch off layer. I can switch off linetype. So, certain properties don't have to go across when I do a Match Properties. Now, in this case I want to leave them on. Because I want to convert that line there that forms the polyline here.
So we've got the closed line, the closed polyline. And we want to make sure that it adopts the properties of our dash dot line on the Objects three layer. So you can see there that we've got By Layer, By Layer, Objects three layer. So if I okay that now and come over here and go here and click there and press Enter to finish can you see now if I hover over that it's now all By Layer again on the layer Objects three. And that's why Match Properties is useful. Because you will have objects where people have changed their individual colors, or individual linetypes, and so on and, you need to convert them back to a standard layer.
Such as our Objects three layer which uses the dash dot linetype and the green color. So I've converted that back and you can see how that works.
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