DraftSight – Personalize and Disguise (Oblique, Cloud, and Mask)

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During these past few weeks of learning to draw in DraftSight, I’ve noticed that many of its features revolve around giving users the freedom to express their premature ideas in a way that stimulates growth and development. With the inclusion of multiple commands that reverse edits and revise entities, you never have to fully commit to any element of your drawing – leveraging design options and the evolution of your drafts as you go along.

Starting with the Oblique icon under the Annotate tab in the Dimension section of the ribbon, this function customizes the angle of your linear dimensions’ extension lines.

It’s operated by selecting the feature, specifying your dimension, and then the angle you want the extension lines to embody.

Keep in mind that DraftSight also gives you the option to select your dimension, and then click and drag to draw a line at your angle of choice, rather than manually typing the angle’s degree into the command window.

The Cloud feature is located under the Markup section in the Annotate tab of the ribbon and identifies sections of your designs that may need revision. It does this by inserting Rectangular, Elliptical, and Freehand shaped cloud entities over any section of your design that you want to return to later on.

Similarly, the Mask feature allows you to draw an entity that covers any portion of your drawing that you’d like to keep hidden.

I’ve found that both the Cloud and Mask features encourage me to experiment with new ideas, because I know that anyone looking at my drafts will see that certain parts are not finished or ready to be viewed.

I hope these features become part of your frequent DraftSight use!

Check out the video below to see them in action!

(0:00 Oblique, 0:14 Cloud, 0:36 Mask)


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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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