AutoCAD 2013 Tutorial: How To Plot a Drawing Layout

AutoCAD 2013 Tutorial: How To Plot a Drawing Layout


After you finish your design, you’ll likely
need to share it with others. A drawing layout organizes one or more views
of your design on a virtual sheet of paper. A layout usually contains a title block, one
or more viewports, and annotation. Let’s take a look at the steps for creating
a layout. The number of layouts in your drawing depends
on the template you used to create the drawing. You can edit existing layouts or create new
ones. I’m going to create a new layout by right-clicking on one of the existing layout
tabs and choosing New Layout. All new layouts include a default page setup
and viewport. The viewport controls which area of the design
to show and at which scale. For this layout, I’ll show you how to edit
the page setup, insert a title block, and create your own viewport. I’ll start by
erasing the default viewport. I’ll right-click on the Layout tab and select
Page Setup Manager. The Page Setup Manager is where I’ll modify the layout’s output
device and paper size. Now I’m ready to insert my title block.
I’ll make the Title Block layer current, and use the Insert command to insert a title
block I created earlier. Next I’ll define a viewport to display my
design. I make the Viewports layer current, and use
the VIEWPORTS command to create a new Viewport. I’ll size the Viewport to fit into my title
block. I can change the scale at which my design
is displayed by selecting the viewport and choosing an appropriate scale from the list
of predefined options. Once my layout is ready, I choose Plot.
Notice the arrow in the bottom right corner of the Plot dialog? Click on this arrow to
display additional settings. In this case, I’ll accept the default settings,
and choose Preview. Finally, I click the Plot button to send my
layout to the output device.

40 thoughts on “AutoCAD 2013 Tutorial: How To Plot a Drawing Layout

  1. that helps but how did you get the title block in the first place? do you have to import them or can you actually make them on autocad?

  2. Because we use title block frequently, we can draw it once then define it as block. So we can access it anytime from block menu.

  3. Is there a way to place two drawing with different scales in one layout? I need to show one elevation in 1:20 and a detail drawing in 1:5. Have no idea how. Please help!

  4. When I was making a plot of a draw in Autocad wrongly I choosed note to open the draw. Can someone tell me how to replace it because every plot that I make it goes to notes… Thanks.

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