Sunday, February 22, 2009

Creating Text Styles & Working with Fonts in AutoCAD

In this tutorial you learn how define a text style you can use over and over again.

  1. From the Format menu choose Text Style.
  2. Select the New button.

  3. Type FREEHAND to name the new style.
  4. Choose OK.
  5. From the list of fonts choose Freestyle Script.
  6. In the Oblique Angle box, type 15 to slant the text at 15 degrees.

      Note that if you type a width or height in the width or height boxes, you won't be able to change those values when you create text with this text style. Sometimes that is handy when you want to create a fixed height text font for everyone on a project to use.

  7. Choose Apply.
  8. Choose Close.
  9. From the Draw menu choose Text then Single Line Text.

  10. Click to select the start point of the text.
  11. Type 4' to specify the text height.
  12. Press ENTER to accept the rotation angle.
  13. Type Spocket & Sons to specify the text.
  14. Press ENTER again to exit this command.
    You can find all current defined text and dimension styles listed on the Styles toolbar.

You may find creating text styles in your template drawings saves you many, many hours on every project.
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Creating Tables & Table Styles

In this tutorial you learn how to create tables in AutoCAD using the table command.
  1. From the Draw menu choose Table.
  2. Select the . . . button to display the Table Styles.

  3. Select New.
  4. Type OpenCAD.

  5. Choose OK.
  6. On the Data Panel, in the Text Height box, type 1'.
  7. Repeat this for the other panels.

  8. On the Data tab, set the Horizontal and Vertical Cell Margins to 3.

  9. Choose OK.
  10. Choose Close.
  11. From the list of table styles, choose OpenCAD.

  12. Type 2 in the Columns row.
  13. Type 4' in the width box.
  14. Type 3 in the Data Rows box.
  15. Type 1 in the Row Height Line(s).

  16. Choose OK.
  17. Click to place the table.

  18. Type Schedule to title the table.
  19. Choose OK.
  20. Double-click in any cell and type something in that cell. You can use the up and down arrows on the keyboard to go to previous and subsequent cells. Use this technique to fill in all the cells. You may have to zoom in in order to do this.

You can find our version of the finished file in 7120d.dwg.
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