Create a Page Setup for Plotting
Apr 15, 2009
Do you change your plot settings a lot? Do you plot drawings
in various ways, for example, a draft plot and a final plot? Or
do you create various layouts and need to plot them differently?
You can save page setups, which contain settings for plotting. A
page setup is attached to a layout, so you can easily switch
settings from one layout to another.
Creating a page setup is like specifying plotting settings, so
you should know how to use the Plot dialog box first.
- To create a new page setup, right-click the desired tab
(including the Model tab), and choose Page Setup Manager. (If
you don't see the layout tabs, you have model and layout buttons
on the status bar. Right-click either button and choose Display
Layout and Model tabs.)
In the Page Setup Manager, click New. Enter a
name. If you have existing page setups, you can choose one from
the Start With list, to avoid having to create all the settings
from scratch. Click OK.
In the Printer/Plotter section, choose the
desired printer or plotter from the drop-down list. This lets
you use different devices for different layouts.
In the Paper Size section, choose a paper
size. This allows you to use different sheet sizes for different
In the Plot Area section, choose what you want
to plot. Your choices depend on whether you're on a Model or
Layout tab, and can include: Layout, Display, Limits, Extents,
In the Plot Offset section, you can specify an
offset from the lower-left corner. You might do this to place
several plots on different parts of one sheet of paper. You can
also cneter the plot by checking the Center the Plot check box.
In the Plot Scale section, set the scale from
the drop-down list, or check the Fit to Paper check box. You can
also type a scale int eh text boxes. Most layouts are plotted at
1:1 because you scale the individual viewports. You can also
check the Scale Lineweights check box to scale the lineweights
along with your drawing.
In the Plot Style Table section, choose a plot
style table if you want to use one. Plot styles determine how
plots look and let you create different looks for different
In the Shaded Viewport Options section, you
specify how a model plot (not a layout plot) looks. You can
choose from visual styles and resolution options. The Shade Plot
drop-down list is not available if you're on a Layout tab. You
can also choose a quality from the Quality drop-down list.
In the Plot Options section, you can choose
whether or not you want to plot lineweights and plot styles. You
can also choose whether you want to plot paper space objects
last. Finally, if you created 3D objects in paper space (who
ever does that?), you can hide their back lines.
In the Drawing Orientation section, you can
plot portrait, landscape (the default), or upside down.
Click the Preview button to see if you like
Click OK to return to the Page Setup Manager.
Select the new page setup, click Set Current, and click Close.
To modify a page setup, open the Page Setup
Manager again, choose the page setup, and click Modify.
To use the page setup, start the PLOT command. In
the Plot dialog box, choose the page setup from the Name drop-down
list in the Page Setup section at the top of the dialog box. Then
plot the drawing.
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