How to make isometric dimension and text in AutoCAD

In this article, I will tell you about making isometric dimension and text in an isometric drawing. For explaining this feature I will use a simple isometric cube as shown in the image below.

making isometric text and dimension in autocad (2)

I have also prepared this video for explaining this tip, but if you prefer the article instead of video then scroll down to for the full article.

Making Isometric Dimensions:

Make aligned dimensions A, B and C on the geometry as shown in drawing A above using DIMALIGNED command.

Now type DIMEDIT on the command line and press enter, select oblique from the command line as shown in the image below.

dimedit isometric

Now click on dimension marked A from drawing shown above and press enter. Command line will prompt you to select an angle to align this dimension type 30 and press enter again. Your dimension will now align with the geometry to make it look like isometric dimension.

For dimensions B and C you can use the same method with the oblique angle of 30 and -30 respectively. Your final drawing will look like this after using DIMEDIT on all three dimensions.

isometric drawing with dimensins

Making Isometric Dimension Text:

The dimensions now look correct but when you look closely at dimension text they are still not properly aligned as per drawing. You need to make changes to dimension text also in order to make it look normal.

Type DIMTEDIT on the command line and press enter then click on the dimension which you want to edit, I am selecting dimension C for this case.

idomtric dimensios

From the command line, select Angle option and type an angle of 30 degrees then press enter. The dimension text will now align with the dimension line. For dimensions, A and B use an angle of 30 and -30 degrees respectively in DIMTEDIT command.

Making Isometric Text:

To write text on the isometric cube type TEXT on the command line and press Enter. Now click on the face of cube towards dimension C and enter a text height value and rotation angle of 30 degrees in the command line prompts.

Type any text and press enter twice to exit the TEXT command, I am using “Text” as the sample text on the isometric cube.

oblique angle in isometric text

Repeat the process of writing text on the face of cube towards dimension B as well, but in this case change angle of text to -30 degrees keeping all other parameters unchanged.

Now select text on the face of dimension C then right click and select Properties from the contextual menu. From the Text panel of properties palette change value of Obliquing to 30.

Repeat the process for text on cube facing dimension B but in this case change obliquing value to -30. The final drawing with isometric dimension and text will look like the image shown below.

isometric dimension and text in AutoCAD

Do you have any questions related to isometric text and dimensions? Let me know in comments below.

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I am a mechanical engineer and I have worked with Design, Manufacturing and Training industries but now SourceCAD is my full-time work and I use it to train students all over the world. I also train corporate clients and help them develop the skill set of their workforce. I am Autodesk AutoCAD Certified Professional and an Autodesk expert elite member. I am a regular contributor of AUGI World magazine and apart from SourceCAD I also develop AutoCAD video courses for Pluralsight and other E-Learning businesses.


  1. Zaheer Ahmed October 16, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks for The tip Mr. Lewis

  2. Maina July 17, 2018 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Hello. How do I dimension a diameter in isometric

    • Dominic bujhini August 11, 2018 at 3:28 am - Reply

      I would like to know how to do it too

  3. Ramans May 19, 2018 at 10:10 am - Reply

    The tips given in this blog are quite interesting and informative. These are useful to understand how to make isometric dimension and text in autocad. Thanks for sharing this blog. I hope you will come up with more such informative blogs.

  4. Godwin May 3, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks Pandey for your tutorial …..noticed that the arrowheads are not align with the plane ??

  5. Bruce Watson April 30, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Very clear, very concise; exactly what I needed to get this project started. Thank you for your time and instruction!

  6. Walhar Gohar January 14, 2018 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Namasthay Jaiprakash, you’re a brilliant instructor then why haven’t you enrolled yourself in the ACI program yet? Don’t you think it is worth?
    Actually I’m also looking forward to it and was wondering why a man like you is not.
    Thanks for your lovely video!

    • Jaiprakash Pandey January 16, 2018 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      At the time when I was thinking of ACI programme it was not open (was put temporarily on hold) and now I have other obligations which are simply not allowing me to dedicate time to this. I will, however, try to enroll in ACI programme soon. If you are enrolling in it let me know how it goes for you 🙂

  7. Mario Sanchez Molina September 6, 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Buen aporte, gracias¡¡

    • Jaiprakash Pandey September 6, 2017 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      Welcome Mario

  8. Alnaseri September 5, 2017 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Thank you

  9. Aneeefa MULAttu April 20, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Namasthey Jay prakash Pandy.

    This is very use full to make isometric drawings.why break isometric dimensions?

  10. Anonymous March 2, 2017 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    If -30 doesn’t work try 330.

  11. ipul November 15, 2016 at 7:13 am - Reply

    thank you, it is very helpful.
    i want to ask something. sometime, if i change the angle to -30, the dimension is not change. i try to change it to 30 and then i must change it again to -90. Do you know the answer for my problem?

  12. Anonymous June 29, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Thank you very much I appreciate your instructions!

    • Jaiprakash Pandey June 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks, I am glad to know this.

  13. Anonymous February 6, 2016 at 10:00 am - Reply

    So much thanks for tip i use and so happy feel after use this tip

    • Jaiprakash Pandey February 6, 2016 at 10:01 am - Reply


  14. Lewis Skiles January 7, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    You can make the dimensions look more aligned by entering the DDEDIT, this brings you into the Multitext editor and then by highlighting the dimension text and clicking the arrow that pulls down the formatting options, choosing the Oblique Angle, one can change the angle to 30 or -30 as needed. Be sure to have the dimension text highlighted as it will only effect text that is.

    • Jaiprakash Pandey January 9, 2016 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the tip Lewis

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