There are times when an image needs to be included in a drawing. For example, a client logo that needs to be part of the title block. It would be better to convert the logo into a block object by tracing over the image in AutoCAD and applying hatching as needed. But there are some logos that are not so simple and therefore using an embedded image is preferred.
If you have dragged and dropped the image into the drawing or used the OLE method, you realize that file is being referenced and therefore the separate picture file needs to be included when you send the file to the client.
Today’s tip shows how to bring the picture into a drawing so that it is not a reference and is therefore one less file to have manage…
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- Navigate to the picture file
- Right click on the file and select “edit”
- You could also open the picture in from the Windows Paint program
- Select either the whole picture by using Ctrl + A or select a portion of the picture by dragging a window over the area you would like to insert into your drawing.
- Copy the selected picture either using Ctrl + C or by clicking the Copy button
- To paste the image in AutoCAD, use the command PASTESPEC or click the “Paste Special” button found on the Home tab > Clipboard panel > Paste drop down list > “Paste Special”
- Accept the default option of “Paintbrush Picture” in the Paste Special dialog box
- Click OK
- Place the picture in the drawing and specify the scale
(In this example, the image is placed in paperspace)
- Verify that the image is not an XREF by entering XR <enter> or XREF <enter> in the command line