I knew that the Make Line Type tool existed in the Express Tools but trying to figure them out on your own is incredibly frustrating. I finally saw them in action and they totally make sense now.
Here’s how for simple Line Segments:
- Create some lines that are in the same line with gaps…
- MAKELTYPE <enter> or on the ribbon; Express Tools tab > Tools > Make Linetype button
- Specify a name for a new .LIN (linetype) file and specify where you want it saved
- Specify a name for the new linetype that will be created in the new .LIN file
- Give the new linetype a description
- Specify the starting point of the new linetype segment
- Specify the end point of the linetype segment. Between the starting point and end point, these lines will be repeated to create the new linetype.
- Select the geometry that is between the 2 picked points.
- <enter> The new linetype has been created and is already loaded. simple select it from the properties panel and start drawing an object.
Here’s how for Lines and text (dtext):
First make a piece of DTEXT that is center-justified and then use the insert osnap to line up the dtext so that its insert osnap is in line with the line segments that will make up the new linetype
Start the Make Linetype tool and then follow the same steps as listed above
Here’s how to make a shape file to use in a linetype:
Dealing with “shapes” (.shp files) is similar to creating and inserting blocks
- Create geometry
- Start the “Make Shape” tool on the “Tools” panel of the Express Tools tab or MKSHAPE <enter>
- Give the new .shp file a name and specify where you want to save the .shp file
- give the shape a name. This name is what AutoCAD uses to look for the shape.
- Specify the resolution. I use the default value of 128…
- Select the geometry that will make up the shape file.
- Specify an insertion point
Here’s how for line segments, text and a shape (.shp) file:
Make sure that the dtext is center justified and lined up with the line segments just like the previous tip demonstrated.
- SHAPE <enter> to insert a shape file.
- Enter the name of the shape to insert <enter>
- Insert the shape so that its insertion point is in-line with the line segments.
- specify its scale (I chose the default scale)
- Specify the rotation (I chose zero rotation)
- Then start the Make Linetype tool as described above… refer to the steps above…
Notice that in the above steps, when prompted to specify the new .lin file and I selected the already-created “Gregs Lines.lin” to be where I want to save my new linetype – It says that it is going to overwrite the file. Don’t worry about that, It doesn’t actually overwrite the file but merely appends the new linetype to the end of the .lne file as seen below.