Recently, a reader asked how to plot to a specific scale from model space.
Ordinarily, I recommend plotting from paper space. You have better tools there for laying out your drawing and inserting a title block. But you can also plot from model space. In fact, this is the original method for plotting in AutoCAD, many years ago.
Here are the steps:
- From the Model tab, click the Plot button on the Quick Access toolbar or choose Output tab, Plot. This starts the PLOT command and opens the Plot dialog box.
- If necessary, choose your printer/plotter from the Name drop-down list.
- Look in the Plot Scale section at the lower-right corner of the dialog box. By default, Fit to Paper is checked, as you can see on the right.
- Uncheck the Fit to Paper checkbox.
- Click the Scale drop-down list and choose the scale that you want. In the figure below, I chose 1/4″ = 1′-0″. This is a common architectural scale in the United States.
- To check what the result will look like, click Preview. Click the X (Close) button on the Preview toolbar to exit the preview (although you can plot directly from this screen).
- Click OK to plot.
Do you plot from model space? If yes, why don’t you use paper space? I’m just curious. Leave a comment!
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