All AutoCAD professionals have to deal with standards. But when a drawing is worked on by multiple people and revised over months or even years, standards can deteriorate quickly. AutoCAD’s CAD Standards tools let you check drawings against your standards. You can check the following in a drawing:
Layers Text styles Dimension styles Linetypes [...]
You’ve certainly heard the principle that you should use layers to give objects properties. When you create a layer, you give that layer a
Color Linetype Lineweight Transparancy Plotstyle
Also, for 3D drawings, you can apply a material to a layer with the MATERIALATTACH layer.
But it is all too easy to make an [...]
Whether you receive drawings from others or just need to fix up some sloppy work created in-house, you sometimes need to change layer names and properties for objects in your drawings so that they match your layer standards.
A great way to do this is to use the LAYTRANS command, that is, the layer [...]
Let’s say you need to change the current layer, but aren’t sure which layer you want. But you know that you want the same layer as an existing object you’ve already drawn. That’s a pretty common scenario, right?
Enter Make Object’s Layer Current, also known as LAYMCUR.
This command has been around for a [...]
It’s always wiser to reuse work you’ve done than to recreate it from scratch. You spend spend time creating layers and you shouldn’t have to do it again.
Use the DesignCenter to access layers
An easy way to get layers from another drawing is to use the DesignCenter. Follow these steps:
Press Ctrl+2 to [...]
You’re always creating styles — text, dimension, etc. — layers, and blocks. But when you open the Layer Properties Manager or any other list with these items, they are alphabetized. Especially if you’re sharing drawings with others who add their own styles, layers, and blocks, what can you do to make it easier to [...]
Everyone works with layers. Most of the time, you set up your layers in a template and that’s that. But when you need to make changes, a few tips can help make the process easier. Here are some of mine:
Create a similar layer: When you create a new layer, often you want its [...]
Layer states let you save configurations of layer properties and states. For example, you might want a layer to be red sometimes, and blue at other times. You may need certain layers to be locked, off, or frozen when you’re editing one part of the drawing, but unlocked, on, or thawed when you’re editing [...]
Do you need to know which objects are on which layers? Count your layers? Hide objects on other layers? Layer Walk (the LAYWALK) command does all this and more. It was once part of Express Tools, but has become part of core AutoCAD.
Layer Walk is quite a powerhouse and pulls together capabilities from [...]
Do you have so many layers that you spend too much time rummaging through them? You can filter the layer list so that you see only what you want to see. One advantage to this is that you can then easily select several layers and makes changes to the group, all at once. For [...]