AutoCad Scaling and Illustrator

If you are switching back and forth from AutoCad and Illustrator it is best to scale your AutoCad drawing to the required scale (i.e. 1/16”) before importing it into another program, such as Illustrator. This tutorial will show you how to do this. 1. Open up your AutoCad file, (the scale should be 1’ = 1’). Type Scale in the Command Console. 2. It will ask you to Select Objects, select your whole drawing and hit enter. Then Specify Base Point (choose any part of the drawing it does not matter) 3. Then Specify Scale Factor or [Copy/Reference] will appear, type in the scale factor according to what you need it to be (according to the drawing and scale factors below) and hit Enter Example : If you want your drawing to be at 1/16” type in 1/192 and hit enter. Drawing Scale 1/16”=1’-0” 3/32”=1’-0” 1/8”=1’-0” 3/16”=1’-0” 1/4”=1’-0” 3/8”=1’-0” 1/2”=1’-0” 3/4”=1’-0” Scale Factor 1/192 1/128 1/96 1/64 1/48 1/32 1/24 1/16

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Then go to File > Place and select AutoCad Interchange File (*.4. Now you are ready to manipulate your drawing in Illustrator. Now do File > Save As.dxf) 5. for the Files of Type select AutoCad 2004 DXF (. select the file you just created from AutoCAD and hit Place. . Open up Illustrator and set up your page size to how you would like.DXF) for the files of type. make sure to select Original Size 6. The DWG/DXF Dialog box will appear.