DraftSight Drawing Template

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As my DraftSight journey has progressed, I often find myself inserting the same layers and text styles into each of my drawings for clarity and consistency. That said, having to set up identical work spaces every time I start a new project can feel time consuming and chore-like – discouraging me from prioritizing organization in my designs.

Thankfully, I recently discovered that I can create my own personalized DraftSight Drawing Templates and save them as .DWT files for future drawings.

In doing so, I can preset my preferred Layers, Linetypes, Dimension Styles, Text Styles, Units, Title Sheets, and Blocks, so that they’re already activated when I start a new project later on – all I have to do is open my saved Drawing Template, and voila!

Drawing Templates are created by simply setting up your usual drafting framework – including text styles, sizes, layers, and title frames according to your project needs.

Pro tip: if you draft for multiple clients, or do more than one type of CAD work, create different templates for each one, so that your work always aligns with your current task.

Once you’ve inserted your correct drawing settings, either press the Save icon in the upper left corner of your DraftSight window, or click the Save As… option under the DraftSight logo icon. This will open a Save As window, where you can name your file and change your file type to Drawing Template (*.dwt). Then, just press Save, and you’re good to go!

I hope this post encourages you to jump-start your design process with Drawing Templates!

Check out the video below to see how easily they’re made!


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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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