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Sizing Dimensions

In this free AutoCAD video tutorial I will demonstrate how to create consistently sized dimensions regardless of paper size or drawing scale.

In the Sizing Text tutorial I demonstrated how to create consistently sized text regardless of paper size or drawing scale. In the tutorial I explained the preparatory steps necessary to create consistently sized annotation.

If you haven't viewed the Sizing Text tutorial, please watch it before continuing.

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In this video I will show how to create dimensions with consistently sized features regardless of paper size or drawing scale.

In the Sizing Text tutorial I demonstrated how to create consistently sized text regardless of paper size or drawing scale. In the tutorial I explained the preparatory steps necessary to create consistently sized annotation. If you haven't viewed the Sizing Text tutorial, please watch it before continuing.

In the Sizing Text tutorial I selected a paper size of 11"x8 1/2" and determined that my viewport scale should be 3/16"=1'. Failing to select a paper size and set the viewport scale before adding text and dimensions will result in inconsistent and often unreadable annotation.

Now I'm ready to create a Dimension Style that will size dimension features like text height and arrow size properly for the Annotation Scale I've selected. I name my style Architectural and check the Annotative box. The Annotative property is the feature that enables dimensions created with the style to adjust in size based on the Annotation Scale. A good practice is to set the dimension feature sizes as they are measured on the printed sheet. A size or height of 1/8" for most features works well.

Next I set the current layer and create a few dimensions.

Notice the room labels text size is consistent with the dimension text height. The height of the text in the Room Labels style and the height of the text in the Architectural style are both set to 1/8".

So, to allow AutoCAD to automatically adjust the dimension features size make sure to do the following:

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