Autocad How To Change Linetype Scale

LTS is the command to change the Autocad Linetype Scale globally. If we change this value, all Linetypes in the drawing gets updated together.

Autocad How To Change Linetype Scale on only one object and keep other Linetypes in same scale?

* Just select the object to which you want to change the Linetype scale

* Go to its properties(Cntrl +1), select the Linetype Scale and change the value…This will change the scale only for the selected objects & other Linetypes will remain same.


Autocad Plot Scale


Autocad Plot scale : Here’s another Autocad Tip related to Autocad Plot Scale that’s most important to understand because that’s where most of them get confused with when plotting the drawing.

A common grouse I hear from students ..the plot preview is too small for the sheet size, else not fitting into the sheet.

Problem: Plot scale given is correct but drawing not fitting rightly…..

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Solution: If the drawing units is in Meters , then while choosing plot scales with respect to the Drawing sheet sizes, here’s the what you need to do :

Divide the required plot scale by 1000. Eg 1:20 is entered as1mm is to 0.02 units.

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When Drawing is In Millimeters, the plot scales are very clear, Eg. I want to plot in 1:50 scale, hence in plot dialog box I enter 1mm=50 units as shown

AutoCAD Plot Scales




Selection options in Revit 2014

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Objects that are pinned manually or Automatically(Like the Curtain panels in Storefront wall type) do not get selected if the above shown selection tools: Select Pinned objects is showing ‘x’ sign. Hence make sure that it is put on to facilitate the selection by Tabbing , highlighting & clicking as is commonly used.

Also if the select by face tool is on, the selection becomes easier by just clicking on the face of the Panel.


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Get away with the Educational Stamp in plot

This post is for my Students in SOA, MSRIT who want to know how to get rid of the Educational Stamp while plotting the drawing.

1. Type in command DXFOUT, to export the existing dwg to .DXF format. Close the file.

2. Use Open command to open the saved .DXF file , under files of type, choose Dxf to browse the .dxf files only.

3. Save the above .dxf file, it will save it as .dwg that does not have the plot stamp anymore.

AutoCAD Docked Windows-undock or float it…

The Layer Dialog Box got stuck to the Left side of the AutoCAD screen & refuses to move or float , no right click option available to switch off ‘allow docking’. The layer properties are not seen properly unless scrolled that makes it very uncomfortable to work… Well if you have faced such situations before, here is what you need to do….

On the task bar, next to workspace tool, there is a Lock icon, right click on it … select … All…under that unlocked. This allows the window to float on screen!AutoCAD 2014- Undock windows-1AutoCAD 2014- Undock windows-2

Text Heights in AutoCAD

One of the common doubts a CAD drafter has is to know the Heights of the text to be used for different scales of plotting so that he has the texts readable & presented as required. Many just guess the height visually but most of the offices would have a chart to help them out quickly, here’s a tip for a beginner:

Text size in model space = Text size required in printout x Plot scale

For eg. If you want to keep the Text size to measure 5mm in the printed sheet plotted to a scale of 1:50 or 1=50mm, then in model space; Text size = 5 x 50 = 250mm.

If you are working in Feet & inches file, the procedure is similar.Multiply the inverse of  plot scale by 12″ x height of Text required.

For eg To get a text height of 1/8″ on printed drawing sheet, plotted to a scale of 1/4″=1’0″ 

Text height in Model space = (4″x12″)/8″= 6″,

Hence 6″ is required Text height in model space.