Following are the contents of part 2 video
- Adding text to the title block
- Adding field text style
- Adding fields in the title block
- Adding title block in the layout
- Making AutoCAD template with the title block
- Adding Title block template to a new drawing
Using Title block template
Inserting a Title Block into your drawing is simple but inflexible. The challenge comes when you want to use fields.
In this section, we’ll cover choosing title block templates and also how to set up fields. Fields are variables such as your name or a drawing scale. Sometimes these variables change, and when they do your title blocks will automatically update if you have used fields.
Click the AutoCAD logo in the top left corner of your screen. A drop-down menu will open. Click on New.
After clicking New, a box will open in the center of the screen titled Select Template.
For this example, I will be opening the SheetSets Sub-folder and selecting the Architectural Imperial.dwt template. You can also use Architectural Metric if you so wish.
This is what comes up:
To give some perspective to this tutorial I’m going to create a quick, simple drawing in the Model Tab.
If you want to work on your own drawing, go over to the Model Tab by clicking the Model tab at the bottom left corner of the screen.
Figure 5 shows what I created. Nothing special but it’s all we’ll need for this article.
If you are creating your own drawing, once you’ve finished making your drawing in model tab go to your Layout view and open the Layout Tab in the Ribbon, and in the Layout Viewports Panel, click Rectangular.
Click and drag to create a Viewport. Having done that, you should see something like Figure 8. Pan and Zoom your Model as necessary.
Getting rid of the grid is easy, simply press F7 key on your keyboard.
We now have our model and our title block so we’re ready to get started.
For fields to work, certain properties have to be pre-established, such as your name. To establish these variables, click the AutoCAD logo at the top-left of your screen, then Drawing Utilities, and finally, Drawing Properties.
You now need to complete the properties that are relevant to you and your drawing.
You’ll notice there is a Custom Tab, which is great. There is a whole host of options in there. We’ll get to that later.
When everything from the Summary Tab is how you want it, click OK to exit the Drawing Properties window.
In the bottom left corner of your Title Block, you will notice 4 grey dashes. In the Command Line, type REA and hit ENTER. The 4 dashes will be replaced with your name.
A little above your name, you will notice a date. This will not show the current date.
To rectify this, double-click the date. A new Tab called Text Editor will open in the Ribbon. Click on the Field icon in the Insert panel to open the Field Window.
Under Field names, click SystemVariable. Next click date from the options showing in the middle column and finally select the date format that you would like from the right-hand column. Finally, click OK.
This won’t remove the incorrect date. To remove that highlight it and hit backspace key to delete it.
Leave the text dialogue. You may have to use the REA command for the new date to show, but from now on, anytime you run the REA command, that Date field we have created will update to show the correct date.
You will notice the Date on the bottom right of the Title Block is just 4 dashes. Double-clicking on that will cause a window called the Enhanced Attribute Editor to appear. Don’t worry about that. Double-click the two blocks circled in red in Figure 15 and the Field Window will open again. Now you can insert the date field using the same technique as we used above.
Leave the dialogue, and you will have the date there.
For the Scale Field to update, we have to designate a Viewport Scale. So click on your Viewport Boundary, and in the Properties Box, designate a Viewport Scale. I’m choosing 1:30.
Now, using MTEXT, choose where you want your Scale to be shown (It should be near but outside the Viewport), type “SCALE=” and click the FIELD icon. The Field window will open up, but it will look a little different this time. Click the icon circled in red in Figure 17, and then click the border of the Viewport.
Now there are options under Property. Click Standard Scale, choose your Format preference and then click OK.
You now have a Scale Field that will also be updated automatically with the REA command.
You will notice the grey boxes that highlight fields. Don’t worry they do not appear when your drawing is printed.
For multipage plans, we would use sheet set manager for page numbers. However, since we are only dealing with one sheet we will insert the Sheet Number manually.
NB: The next few instructions need to be followed very carefully to avoid the numbers looking very strange.
Click ONCE on the 2 octothorps (##) underneath the word “Sheet” in the title block.
Next, double-click the borderline where it is circled in Figure 20 below. Be as precise as you can. The click needs to be on the right edge of the borderline.
The box shown in Figure 21 will appear. You can alter the Sheet Number. You can also alter other variables here as well if you would like.
Now, what if you want to create a field not identified in the Field window?
Remember the Custom Tab we talked about in the beginning of the tutorial? Well, let’s go back in there.
Open up the Drawing Properties window, click the Custom tab, click Add, and type as shown in Figure 23.
Click OK in both dialogue boxes.
Now go back to the bottom left of the Title Block, where we’ve edited our name and today’s date. Above those 2 fields, there is a Field with the File Name of the drawing.
For this example, we want this to show the Drawing Number instead. All you have to do is double-click that text, erase it, type Drawing No. and click Field. Select the options in the Field window that are shown in Figure 24, click OK, and then leave the text dialogue box.
Now you have a custom property (Drawing No.) that you can use across future drawings as well.
You might be thinking that typing in fields manually is faster than using fields. It is in the very short-term, however, as time passes things like the room area, scale, date etc will all change. This way you don’t need to do that manually as it will automatically update if added using fields instead of simple text.
Before we close this tutorial a couple of tips:
- With every new drawing, the Drawing Properties starts blank. Save a template with your name set up in Drawing Properties so you do not need to go in and type it in every time you start a new drawing.
- Remember you can create MTEXT or DTEXT pretty much anywhere in your drawing and assign fields within that text.
- If the fields aren’t updating, or you’re seeing four dashes, try the REA or REGEN command. Bear in mind commands such as REGENALL and UPDATEFIELD as well.
- There are dozens of free Title Block templates online that may suit your needs. A good place to start is: http://www.yourspreadsheets.co.uk/title-blocks-for-cad.html
- If you are using a Preset Title Block but finding one or two of them frustrating to remember then you can click on the fields and explode them with the EXPLODE command. You can then alter them individually.
There we have it, a good introduction to Creating Title blocks with Fields. If you have questions related to this article let me know in the comments below.