DraftSight: Styles for Miles (Text and Dimension Options)

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Whenever I insert Text or Dimensions in my DraftSight drawings, I always personalize their fonts, sizes, and orientations. I also make sure that all my labels are uniform and coordinate with each other, so that my designs appear organized and neat.

Similarly, customizing your text and dimensions to align with the branding style of your company can be a crucial component to any professional draft.

That being said, having to redefine Text or Dimension settings for each label can be time consuming and tedious, especially for drafts with multiple detailed entities.

Fortunately, I did some poking around and found the Text and Dimension Style icons under the Annotate section of the ribbon. Both features give you the option to preset personalized text and dimension styles, allowing for time efficient and systematic insertion.

After selecting the Text Style icon, DraftSight will open an Options window. Press the New… icon to name your text, and then customize your text’s font, format, height, and orientation – then press OK. Now that you’ve created a new style, when you insert any type of text, you can quickly use that format as many times as you want.

The Dimension Style icon opens the same type of Options window, prompting you to name your new style and personalize it to your liking. The Dimension choices are a bit more extensive and allow you to add more detail to your labeling.

For example, I’ve found myself using the Dual Dimension tab quite often, because it allows you to add in a suffix, like centimeters or whatever measurement you’re using, and even tailor your dimensions to have formats like architectural or engineering.

Likewise, the Text settings allow you to choose your dimension’s Text Style and position relative to their entities. I especially like to frame my dimension’s text, because I’ve found that it enhances the clarity and precision of my designs.

Keep in mind that in order for DraftSight to set your personalized styles as the default, you must press the Activate icon located in the top right corner, before pressing OK in the Text or Dimension Style options window.

I hope this post encourages you to start creating your own Text and Dimension Styles!

Check out the video below to see what they can do!


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Rachael Crunkleton
I’m a first time CAD user with an interest in architectural design. I discovered CAD through my background in presenting applications and studying new types of software. With the help of DraftSight, I’m developing my drawing abilities and sharing my progress along the way.
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