Inserting Images and Removing the Image Frame
In this tip I will show you how to insert images into your drawings and to remove the Image Frames for plotting purposes. First, we’ll start with identifying a few benefits of using this command.
Three ways to use image files in your AutoCAD drawings:
1. If you have a hardcopy and need to draw it in AutoCAD, there is no faster way than to scan it, insert the image and trace right over it. I have converted thousands of drawings for my clients and this is the best method for doing so.
2. You need the image in the drawing, but don’t need to convert it to AutoCAD. This is great for inserting renderings and logos into your drawings.
3. Aerial photo overlays. This is a popular use of images in AutoCAD. Save an image from Google Earth and insert it into your drawing to overlay your site layout.
4 ways to insert an Image:
1. Type the command “IMAGEATTACH”
2. Select the “Insert” pull down menu and then select “Raster Image Reference”
3. Bring up the “new” External Reference Dialogue box and select the icon near the upper left corner. The arrow will pull down a list and you can select “Attach Image”
4. Drag the image from Windows Explorer and drop it into AutoCAD. (Make sure no commands are active).
Once you’ve selected the image, all methods except for the 4th, will bring up the image Dialogue box where you can enter the insertion point, scale and rotation. If you drag and drop the image, it will ask you for these values at the command line.
When you insert an image, it has a frame around it so you can select it. When you go to plot your drawing, if you do not want to see the frame, simply type the command “IMAGEFRAME” to set its visibility as follows:
Setting 0 – Image frames are NOT displayed and NOT plotted
Setting 1 – Image frames are BOTH displayed and plotted (default).
Setting 2 – Image frames are displayed but NOT plotted
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