AutoCAD 2002 Bible

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Step-by-Step: Creating a Complex Linetype

1.    Open ab31-a.dwg from the CD-ROM.

2.    Save the file as ab31-2.dwg in your AutoCAD Bible folder. This drawing is a simple plan for a trailer park.

3.    Choose Format О Text Style. Click New and type TVCABLE for the Style name. Click OK. In the Font name drop-down list, choose Arial Narrow. Click Apply, and then Close.

4.    Type notepad J and press Enter at the File to edit: prompt. AutoCAD opens Notepad. Type the following:

*TV, Buried television cable A,.5,-.5,[«TV»,TVCABLE,S=.3,X=-.1,Y=-.15],-.75

5.    Choose File О Save and save it in your AutoCAD Bible folder as ab31-2.lin.

6.    Choose Layers from the Object Properties toolbar. Choose Buried_cable and click its Continuous linetype in the Linetype column. In the Select Linetype dialog box, choose Load. Click File. Find ab31-2.lin in your AutoCAD Bible folder, choose it, and click Open.

7.    In the Load or Reload Linetypes dialog box, choose TV and click OK. Do the same in the Select Linetypes dialog box. Click Current. Click OK.

8.    Click Linetype Control from the Object Properties toolbar and choose Other. In the Linetype Manager, click Show Details to display the Details section. Change the Global Scale Factor to 192. Click OK.

9.    Draw some lines or polylines. Zoom in to see the linetype more clearly. Figure 31-5 shows the resulting linetype.

10. Save your drawing.

Creating Hatch Patterns

Hatch patterns are sets of parallel line patterns that are used to fill an enclosed area. Although the part of the hatch pattern definition that defines each line has some similarities to a linetype definition, for hatch patterns you also need to specify the angle and spacing of the lines. You cannot include text or shapes in hatch patterns.

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