AutoCAD 2011 introduced the transparency property for objects. Transparency gives you the opportunity to create presentation-ready drawings. You can draw an object that is up to 90% transparent. Here you see some trees filled with a 60%-transparent solid fill.
As with other object properties, you should use the Layer Properties Manager to create a […]
Sometimes you want to fill a closed area with a solid color, rather than a hatch, like this. This feature is part of the HATCH command, but you may have missed it. It’s really easy to use.
If you need a primer on hatching in general, here are some hatching tips.
Here are the steps:
The Geometric Center object snap is new for AutoCAD 2016. It seems to me that there hasn’t been a new object snap for a long time. Am I right? When do you think that last new object snap was introduced and what was it?
Now that the trivia contest is set, let’s get into it. […]
Today’s post is from Jason Bewerk. Jason is a blogger and CAD-enthusiast. He works full-time at a design firm and enjoys helping others with CAD and thus started 12CAD.com to provide detailed tutorials and exercises for everybody to use.
In the exercise below, you don’t draw the entire figure, but just focus on […]
A donut looks like a wide circle with a hole in it but is actually made up of 2 semi-circle polylines. You can use donuts for electronic schematics, as trees or bushes, or as symbols.
Here are the steps to create a donut:
Choose Home tab and expand the Draw panel to find the DONUT […]
Layers are a big issue when it comes to maintaining drawing standards. Where you work, you may have lots of rules about which layers your drawings can have.
Xrefs can be a problem for drawing standards, because when you attach an xref, its layers come along for the ride. This is especially an issue when […]
A reader asked me how to label the scale of individual viewports when they have different scales. You can use fields to accomplish this.
Here’s a drawing with 2 viewports, one on the left and one on the right. Each one uses a different scale.
Here are the steps to label each viewport:
Autodesk 360 is a cloud-based online service is used primarily for storing and reviewing drawing files on the go. There is also AutoCAD WS, which is a web app that lets you edit DWG files online, including on mobile devices. In this post, I’ll focus on Autodesk 360.
You can add apps for specific capabilities […]
A reader asked me, “Can we have AutoCAD print the plotting scale on the drawing?”
Yes, you can! I’m going to assume that you have 1 viewport on a layout tab with a title block that will display the scale of that viewport.
Here are the steps:
Set the scale for the viewport. I explain […]
You should always start a new drawing either from an existing drawing (Application Button, Save As) or from a template.
What is a template?
A template is just like a drawing, but when you start a drawing from a template, the template creates a clone of itself, remaining unchanged. Many people have multiple templates that […]