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Sizing Text

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

In the 27 years I've been teaching AutoCAD, properly sizing annotation elements like dimensions, text and symbols has been one of the hottest topics.

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In this video I will demonstrate how to create consistently sized text regardless of paper size or drawing scale.

In the 27 years I've been teaching AutoCAD, properly sizing annotation elements like dimensions, text and symbols has been one of the hottest topics.

Before you can properly size annotation, you must choose a paper size. A part that is 18" long will fit full size just fine on a 36"x24" sheet, but not on an 11"x8 1/2" sheet.

I've started to draw a floor plan of a house. All I have so far are the walls. Next I want to add the room names before I show the home owner the basic layout.

I don't have a large format printer so I know I will be printing on 11"x8 1/2" paper. I plan to use Sheet Layouts to organize my drawing. If I click on the uninitialized Layout1 tab AutoCAD will assign the default Page Setup parameters. First, I'll make sure the Page Setup Manager is displayed when I choose new layouts so I can specify the parameters.

Now when I select Layout1 the Page Setup Manager displays so I can establish the printer, paper size and other printing parameters. I'm naming my Page Setup PDF and choosing the DWG To PDF.pc3 device. I'm selecting the ANSI expand A (11.00 x 8.50 Inches) paper size so I have the smaller margins. Other important settings are the What to plot {Layout}, Scale {1:1} and Plot style table (pen assignments) {Monochrome}. The Monochrome Plot Style converts all my drawing colors to black when printed. Finally, I assign the PDF Page Setup to Layout1. A viewport is created on the current layer and the view is set to Extents.

Next, I double-click inside the viewport, choose the Viewport Scale and lock the viewport display so I can zoom and pan without disturbing the page configuration. Setting the Viewport Scale also sets the Annotation Scale.

Now I'm ready to create a Text Style that will size my text properly for the Annotation Scale I've selected. I name my style Room Labels, check the Annotative box and set the Paper Text Height to 1/8. The Annotative property is feature that enables text created with the style to adjust in size based on the annotation scale. When selecting a Paper Text Height choose a readable size from about 3/32 to 5/32.

Next I set the current layer and create one room label and apply any additional properties like Justification. Instead of making each label I copy the first one and change the text accordingly.

Let's look at the text properties. Notice the Paper text height and Model text height properties. The Annotative property of the text style instructs AutoCAD to adjust the size of the text based on the Annotation Scale. In a viewport the Annotation Scale is equal to the Viewport Scale. If you want to add text on the Model tab, make sure to set the Annotation Scale there as well. Note: Normally only objects linked to the current Annotation Scale are visible.

So, to allow AutoCAD to automatically adjust the text height make sure to do the following: