| by Kenneth Chase | 40 comments

AutoCAD 2013 Tutorial: How To Plot a Drawing Layout

After you finish your design, you’ll likely
need to share it with others. A drawing layout organizes one or more views
of your design on a virtual sheet of paper. A layout usually contains a title block, one
or more viewports, and annotation. Let’s take a look at the steps for creating
a layout. The number of layouts in your drawing depends
on the template you used to create the drawing. You can edit existing layouts or create new
ones. I’m going to create a new layout by right-clicking on one of the existing layout
tabs and choosing New Layout. All new layouts include a default page setup
and viewport. The viewport controls which area of the design
to show and at which scale. For this layout, I’ll show you how to edit
the page setup, insert a title block, and create your own viewport. I’ll start by
erasing the default viewport. I’ll right-click on the Layout tab and select
Page Setup Manager. The Page Setup Manager is where I’ll modify the layout’s output
device and paper size. Now I’m ready to insert my title block.
I’ll make the Title Block layer current, and use the Insert command to insert a title
block I created earlier. Next I’ll define a viewport to display my
design. I make the Viewports layer current, and use
the VIEWPORTS command to create a new Viewport. I’ll size the Viewport to fit into my title
block. I can change the scale at which my design
is displayed by selecting the viewport and choosing an appropriate scale from the list
of predefined options. Once my layout is ready, I choose Plot.
Notice the arrow in the bottom right corner of the Plot dialog? Click on this arrow to
display additional settings. In this case, I’ll accept the default settings,
and choose Preview. Finally, I click the Plot button to send my
layout to the output device.


Alexis Chaves

May 5, 2012, 1:51 pm Reply

thanks for your help

Michael Rollings

Sep 9, 2012, 10:01 pm Reply

that helps but how did you get the title block in the first place? do you have to import them or can you actually make them on autocad?


Dec 12, 2012, 2:44 pm Reply

A how do you create viewpoint? Stil cant find a decent Ploting tutorial.

Miriam Rodriguez

May 5, 2013, 6:42 pm Reply

Thanks 🙂

Shojaeddin Jamali

May 5, 2013, 9:33 am Reply

U can import from templates or insert as pre-defined block

Shojaeddin Jamali

May 5, 2013, 9:34 am Reply

From layout tab, u can define your viewpoint (Rectangular, polygon and etc)

Shojaeddin Jamali

May 5, 2013, 9:35 am Reply

Because we use title block frequently, we can draw it once then define it as block. So we can access it anytime from block menu.


May 5, 2013, 3:44 pm Reply

Can you make a tutorial on autocad 2005?

Pervees C.Punathil

Oct 10, 2013, 12:03 pm Reply

thank you very much

Marilou Jet Pagaduan

Oct 10, 2013, 6:46 am Reply


Abigail Psaila

Jan 1, 2014, 11:50 pm Reply

thank you, found it very helpful

Htetsoe Aung

Jan 1, 2014, 4:29 am Reply

Really really helpful… Thks..

Desmond Lam

Feb 2, 2014, 5:06 am Reply

how do i change the size of the dashed window? 

Tiago Mendes

Apr 4, 2014, 4:10 pm Reply


Javed qs

Nov 11, 2014, 12:15 am Reply

Very helpful Please upload more, this like videos. 

Mohammed Amer

Nov 11, 2014, 11:05 am Reply


Hanan Reshi

Dec 12, 2014, 11:52 am Reply


Wond Silva

Jan 1, 2015, 3:04 am Reply

thanks a lot ,very much helpful,

salman khan

Mar 3, 2015, 9:43 am Reply

i have no idea about autocad.
how i start work on Autocad and design layout plan

Muhammad Eesa

Mar 3, 2015, 5:41 pm Reply

helpful thanks


Apr 4, 2015, 1:16 pm Reply


Guillermo Carpio

Apr 4, 2015, 8:41 pm Reply

it was perfect! you saved my life

Eduardo Florian

Jun 6, 2015, 8:00 pm Reply

Dude i do everything to the T and all i get is a freaking blank PREVIEW.

Lu Johnson-Allen

Jan 1, 2016, 6:55 pm Reply

Is there a way to place two drawing with different scales in one layout? I need to show one elevation in 1:20 and a detail drawing in 1:5. Have no idea how. Please help!

Gintere Evita

Feb 2, 2016, 8:12 pm Reply

Thanks anyway, but some lines do not show up on final plot.

Javier Lara

Apr 4, 2016, 3:52 pm Reply

quick, clear, helpfull… thanks a lot.

maxamed cawil

Jun 6, 2016, 5:01 pm Reply


Nadia Borges

Sep 9, 2016, 7:08 am Reply

Can u make a tutorial on autocad 2017 please

Vikas Patel

Dec 12, 2016, 10:47 am Reply


Chidozie Uchendu

Dec 12, 2016, 9:16 pm Reply

Straight to the point…thanks

Anatowar Shippuden

Apr 4, 2017, 1:37 pm Reply

can u clarify th pointon how to switch from diff layouts ?????

Katlego Phele

May 5, 2017, 7:41 am Reply

Thanks bro

anxhela mane

Jun 6, 2017, 10:54 pm Reply

Thank you sir

Niño Rico Daroy

Jun 6, 2017, 7:39 am Reply


Walnut Design

Jul 7, 2017, 6:57 am Reply

very helpfull buddy

Ganesh Dhivakar

Nov 11, 2017, 7:34 am Reply

thank you…

Hoomoyun Yaqooby

Jun 6, 2018, 9:56 am Reply

Helpful vedios

R & M

Nov 11, 2018, 8:27 pm Reply

When I was making a plot of a draw in Autocad wrongly I choosed note to open the draw. Can someone tell me how to replace it because every plot that I make it goes to notes… Thanks.


Nov 11, 2018, 7:49 pm Reply

How can I measure the frame directly from the end of paper? I can't find that option anywhere?


Dec 12, 2018, 12:39 am Reply

nice, thanks dude

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