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Printing and sharing drawings using AutoCAD LT

Share your designs with others through printing, plotting, and layouts.

Learn how to output a drawing layout to a printer, a plotter, or a file.

Print and plot concepts

When you begin to work on a new drawing, one of the biggest concerns is often how to get the drawing to print or plot at the proper scale. Watch the video to master the basics.

The PLOT command

The command to output a drawing is PLOT, which you can access from the Quick Access toolbar.

PLOT command icon on Quick Access toolbar

To control whether the advanced options in the Plot dialog box are hidden or displayed, click the More Options button.

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Use the PLOT command to:

  • Share a static image of your drawing by exporting a PDF file from a drawing.
  • Print a paper copy of your drawing on a printer or plotter.


Display one or more scaled views of your design on a standard-size drawing sheet called a layout.

While there are many layout methods to explore in AutoCAD LT, the Trans-Spatial Method is a good place for beginners to start. With this method, you create geometry in model space, create annotations in paper space on a layout with the dimension scale set to 1, and then print from the layout.

Learn how to create a layout, scale views, and plot a drawing.