Have You Tried: Rotate and Scale Objects in AutoCAD By Reference

Learning
rotate and scale objects in AutoCAD

Commonly, a base point and then an angle or a scale factor is specified to rotate or scale selected objects. However, that workflow might not always provide for the best control over the outcome. Did you know you can rotate or scale an object relative to two other points?

The Reference option of the ROTATE and SCALE commands and the ALIGN command allow you to:

• Rotate objects to an absolute angle
• Scale objects to fit between two points

Here are some examples of rotating and scaling objects by reference with the ROTATE, SCALE, and ALIGN commands in the image below.


rotate and scale in AutoCAD

You can learn more about rotating and scaling objects by reference with the step-by-step examples in the Have You Tried: Rotate and Scale Objects by Reference topic.

Keep the Feedback Coming

Thanks for all the great feedback submitted so far. Because of the great feedback, we have been able to improve the topics in the AutoCAD Online Help system. Updated Help Topics contains a list of the most recently updated topics.

The best way to submit feedback is by using the “Was this helpful?” section located at the bottom of every Help topic. Let us know what you like or don’t like about a topic or provide suggestions for other subjects that you’d like to see covered in greater detail. The more specific your comments, the better.



Lee Ambrosius

Lee Ambrosius is a Principal Learning Content Developer at Autodesk, Inc., for the AutoCAD software and AutoCAD LT software products. He works primarily on the CAD administration, customization, and developer documentation. Lee has also worked on the user documentation for AutoCAD on Windows and Mac. He has presented on a wide range of topics at Autodesk University over the past 10 years, from general AutoCAD customization to ObjectARX technology. Lee has authored a number of AutoCAD-related books, with his most recent projects being AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond and AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible. When he’s not writing, you can find him roaming various community forums, posting articles on his blog, or tweeting AutoCAD-related information.

Try AutoCAD free for 30 days

Add comment

There are no comments

The AutoCAD Blog is all about helping you get the most out of AutoCAD. It's also the best way for you to connect with the makers of AutoCAD. Subscribe to keep up with AutoCAD