The Hitchhiker’s Guide to … the Basics of AutoCAD Layers

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AutoCAD Layers

The basics of AutoCAD layers is really the basics of organizing your drawings. This is critical, and not just because neatness counts. As a drawing becomes more visually complex, you’ll want to be able to easily locate particular groups of objects—and that requires you keep them together all in one place. Layers are perfect for this.

AutoCAD Layers view. Hitchhiker's guide to basics of AutoCAD layers.But even more important, layers can be hidden, enabling you to “put aside” objects you don’t need to see at any given moment, and focus just on the ones you do.

With layers, you can:

  • Associate objects by their function or location
  • Display or hide all related objects in a single operation
  • Enforce linetype, color, and other property standards for each layer

Most companies and agencies have pre-defined layer standards that specify layer names for each functional area—such as fixtures, electrical components, structural elements, and so on.

You can check out these topics, and more, in a visit to …

The “Layers” section of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to AutoCAD Basics

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