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AutoCAD Inserting / Importing Images, Scaling Images, Tracing Images

November 11, 2019

ok welcome to this tutorial, in this tutorial
we will be looking at how to import a drawing into AutoCAD, and how to scale it and how
to trace over it, so let’s get started. First thing you need to do is have an image
that you want to insert, once you’ve got that ready, in the command prompt type IM for image,
then press enter or spacebar, it opens up a window, and then click on this little arrow
here, and say attach image. Now just go to, where you have saved your image. And there�s
mine. Now here it asks what do we want to specify on screen. We’ll just leave it at
zero, zero, zero, so just untick that, and scale, we’ll just leave it as it is for now,
because we are going to scale that. So, click OK. And here it is just asking us for a scale
factor. So, press spacebar or enter, and so go ZE for zoom extents or just double click
on your middle mouse button. And as you can see, our drawing has come in. Ok, close that
window now, now what I like to do is separate this onto its own layer, so we can do that
by opening up the layers property menu, and we will create a new layer, and we’ll call
“car image”, Ok, close that window, now select the image, go back to the home tab, and select
layer car image. Ok, and we’ll change it back to zero, we’ll draw on zero. Also, another
thing I like to do is change the colour, so maybe red, something you can kind of see on
the screen a little bit better. Now here we have a dimension in millimetres, 1748, so,
its �just over 1.7 metres. Now to scale this draw a line from that line, we’ll turn
on Ortho F8 (key), to there and we’ve got a line approximately the same distance on
the 1748 line. Now what we want to do is select the image, and the line, and select a grip,
so it�s now red the hot grip and on the bottom here, we can see it says “stretch �so
press space, as we don’t want to stretch it, press space again as we don’t want to move
it, press space again as we are not rotating and here we have scale. What we want to do
we want to type “R”, down as you can see down here, “R” for reference. So, what we’re telling
here is, we’re clicking the firs point and second pint here, we’re telling it that’s
what it currently is, and now it�s asking us what we want it to be, so we can type in,
1748. ok, and ZE for zoom extents, and if we measure
that now, the distance, DI, I’ve got my set a little differently, but DI for distance,
and we measure exactly 1748. That is now scaled. Pretty close, maybe not 100% accurate, but
it’s pretty close to what it should be. Now to draw the car, I usually start in plan.
Now I’ll draw a line right down the centre, because there is no point drawing twice, just
draw it on one side and then mirror over. What I generally like to do as well is use
a “polyline” to keep all the lines together as much as possible. So, to start the polyline,
“PL”, space or enter, and we want to start at that point there. Now as you can see it’s
not really a straight line, we could draw that with polyline but it would be very jaggedy,
so down the bottom here as you can see in the command prompt, arc, halfwidth, length,
undo, width, what we are going to do is where going to create an arc. So �A� for arc,
we can see arc coming out now, but that is no good to us, so what we want to do is tell
it the second point, so it asks for the second point of the arc, so we click there, and then
we look for the end point. and there. And we can do that again, “S” for second point,
because we haven’t gotten out of the command it’s still in arc mode polyline. So, we can
just trace up over these, and there, you can always adjust these a little bit later on
this, yeah, it’s pretty easy to edit the vertices once you’ve got it all down. All I’m doing
is, pressing “s” each time, so that was the end point, “s” now for the second point, and
left click again for the end point, “s” again for second point, so do that all away around
the outer body, ok, snap it on there. I’ll go a little bit over, it’s not going where
i want it to go. Ok, escape, escape, to get out of the command, “TR” for trim, and we’ll
trim that off. As you can see we have an outline already, sometimes what can happen is, you
can have the image in front of your lines and that isn’t very helpful, so to get around
that, select the image, type “DR”, and that’s for draw order, and “B” for back. So, it sends
it to the back. So, the line is now on top. We already had that before, but I thought
I would just show you that because some times that gets in the way. Igo through and model
up all this car now, but what I basically want to show you is the basic outline and
then what we could do, about mirroring. So, we’ve got our mirror line, which is the centre
line, you drew in at the beginning, so select that and select the outer outline of the car,
make a hot grip on the median line and scroll through, on the command prompt, and select
mirror, and, should be able to mirror this around. Yep here we go, just pull it to the
right, click. Now the problem here is, it’s just mirrored it, without copying it. So,
do that again, select the outline of the car, our mirror line, make it a sot grip again,
scroll through to mirror, and this time, hit “c” for “copy, and now drag the mouse out
to the right, left click and we have an outline of our car. Hopefully that tutorial has been
helpful for you, another thing you can do as well is turn off your car layer if you
want to see what�s going on, you can also go back to Image window IM and select the
image, right click on it and say unload, it will turn it off, it is still there, so you
can reload it, if you want to get rid of it you can just detach it or erase it, I think
best method is to just detach it if you want to get rid of it because if we just delete
it like so, it�s just becomes unreferenced, so it�s still in there so in the window
so detaching it is the way to go. so hopefully you have found that helpful, and stay tuned
for more.


  • Reply Chris La Follette February 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    That was just the information I was looking for. Thanks for posting!

  • Reply Novedge February 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Good stuff 79Espie!


  • Reply McYe Yuan March 24, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Thank you soooo much, this video is exactly what I'm looking for. very helpful, especially for a beginner. Thumb up

  • Reply Igors Krasovs June 11, 2013 at 6:37 am

    That was what i was looking for,thank you!

  • Reply Jonrey dela goza June 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you so much, thumbs up

  • Reply Rory Nutter June 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks mate, very helpful

  • Reply Sherman Hunter June 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Can I Get these Images of the car so I can use them with my autocad Raster Design 2014? If so send me a message on this board please. Thanks

  • Reply Awesome Andrew June 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

    goto a website called smcars dot net and you will find hundreds, if not thousands of drawings of vehicles

  • Reply zethib September 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    thanks for the video, i got a question : Would Raster Design 2014 make it easier and faster to outline the part you did ?

  • Reply Nisha C September 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Very clear tuturial on how to scale. You'd be surprised how many people have confused the crap outta me on how to do this. Thanks x

  • Reply Awesome Andrew September 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

    hi, I haven't used Raster Design so I don't know

  • Reply Awesome Andrew September 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

    thanks for the positive feedback, glad I could be of help.

  • Reply Faisal Gassim September 25, 2013 at 3:30 am

    im new to autocad so my question might not make sense. when you finished tracing, it seemed to me like the lines were not very smooth, is there any way to fix that? or is the solution to go slower and try to be more precise while tracing

  • Reply Awesome Andrew September 25, 2013 at 5:54 am

    hi, yeah spending more time on making it smooth is the way to go. Also, if arcs or circles don't look smooth on screen type 're' or 'regen' at the command prompt to smooth out the lines visually.

  • Reply Rasev Putra September 26, 2013 at 4:14 pm


  • Reply spetnazer November 8, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Hi … glad to find that you create AutoCAD tutorial. I was a newbie and a lot of questions in my head. I am currently trying to create a design RC Plane using 3 plans view. if you do not mind, please give a tutorial on how to make the design of the aircraft … ranging from improt image, partially separated parts, then convert the image into a PDF file of the original size of the paper into the paper (non tiled to Tiled). I hope you have time to share your knowledge. Thank u very Much

  • Reply HeavenReservation December 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Hi, my friend Marlon has some questions for you soon. thanks

  • Reply Lee lim December 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    very helpful thanks for the tips

  • Reply Teens Only - December 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Friends i Searched an another Series of AutoCAD Tutorial It is too cool 

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  • Reply Angel Lucifer December 24, 2013 at 5:03 am

    I desperately need your help my dwg drawing i think it's corrupted. I can't open it I'm working with my backup pc windows XP. the dwg files changed into a … a how to say this a pirate logo i don't know. it's like a pirate logo It's crazy. And i transfer it in my Main pc windows 7 nothings happen good… =((  

  • Reply pafosmar January 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    thnk you!!!

  • Reply priya tharusini January 19, 2014 at 4:39 am

    omg..thank you so so so so much. This really saved a lot of time for me. Thank you so much.

  • Reply bacona988 March 8, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    boom! thank you!

  • Reply itolond March 22, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I tried this on the mac version without much success – think i am missing something. when i scale for 100mm and measure [Di] i get 109.876 so similar – what have i missed here?

  • Reply itolond March 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

    ok got it – missed second point – my bad

  • Reply dan stark April 7, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    perfect, thanks

  • Reply Ziad Kerba April 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    not clear cant see any thing 

  • Reply a7m266d April 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Very helpful exactly what I needed to learn from!  Thanks a million!

  • Reply Chock Bailey May 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm


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  • Reply burien cox June 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Great video, Thank you for sharing. 

  • Reply Jessel Alejo June 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you.

  • Reply Ben Hodder July 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    thank you so much 🙂

  • Reply Josh Mosby August 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Thank you very much

  • Reply Shaun Downs August 23, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    thank you

  • Reply Random Preston September 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    When I type 100 for my r in length like you did at 3:07 the distance ends up being 0.002 Why? Please help

  • Reply desertfox1792 September 11, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Would this be the same procedure for importing CAD blocks (kitchen / bedroom / bathroom ) drawings?

  • Reply Sarah Dixon September 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks so much 🙂 the scaling has been a tonne of help!

  • Reply Mariam N October 1, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I drew the line on my drawing and then typed R and clicked to end point etc as you said and then once I typed in the measurement I wanted it to be & clicked enter, it didn't scale my whole image, it just scaled the line i drew :/ … please help!

  • Reply xci z October 12, 2014 at 11:33 am

    How did you choose from where to draw the middle line from 3:40?
     And thanks a lot for the video, its really helpful.

  • Reply Darrengb October 13, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Yes very helpful, and thank you for going to the trouble, great tutorial

  • Reply Gordon Freeman December 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    thank you!

  • Reply Krunal Nimbalkar December 29, 2014 at 11:05 am

    i have 1 question for autocad 2007. i use autocad 2007. e.g. i made 5 different .dwg file.  file name is like part1 to part 4 and last file is all the parts assembly. if i make change in part file like any dimension or width. then i save this file. this change is shown in assembly. is this possible? 

  • Reply Krunal Nimbalkar December 30, 2014 at 5:45 am

    thank you very much. i saw your tutorial. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  • Reply Armine Sargsyan January 11, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Great job !, very useful and helpful, THANK YOU

  • Reply Việt Anh - Sungroup January 15, 2015 at 2:42 am

    thank you boss !! it really helps 😀

  • Reply Ole Morten January 16, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Wow. Thank you very much. Very useful and understandable. Thank you.

  • Reply piramaniak February 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    One of the best CAD tutorials I have seen, there are so many awful ones so cheers for the info mate 🙂

  • Reply Evelyn Paul February 11, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Thanks so much!!! I spent so long trying to just drag and drop or using the export option. This was very helpfull!!!

  • Reply Jackie Ng from malaysia February 23, 2015 at 3:53 am

    thank you very much. you are my man.

  • Reply Herman Coetzee March 4, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Thank you very much, this helped a great deal! 

  • Reply parrotfishko March 17, 2015 at 5:10 am

    thank you 🙂

  • Reply Mladen Hadzija March 30, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    How to cut tiff image in autocad?

  • Reply Marvin Rimando April 2, 2015 at 6:54 am

    thank you

  • Reply Bobmarlyrob April 29, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    thank you so much!

  • Reply Richard Craven May 3, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    THANK YOU! I'm an interior design student in the 2nd quarter of CAD. So my understanding and abilities with this program are very limited. For my Historical Preservation class (and for a local group) I'm trying to work from a scan of a 1929 set of blue prints. I knew how to import the image. But until I found your tutorial I had no idea how to scale it to the right size.

  • Reply DISS TRACK DONT LOOK May 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Already zoomed out as far as possible, afther scaling i can see only small section of image, what shoul i do Sir?

  • Reply Balaji Duddupudi May 17, 2015 at 10:03 am

    excellent video it was very helpful. Thankyou

  • Reply salma akter May 21, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Nice Video tutorial.It`s so useful thing ,,,What a idea………

  • Reply Samuel Vermeulen May 23, 2015 at 10:40 am

    can this softwear put drawing and pic on scale 1/25 1/50 1/15 if you dawnload them
    you can cotact me by email  [email protected]

  • Reply cluxseltoot May 25, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Many thanks – a useful tutorial.

  • Reply Lucas 77 September 2, 2015 at 6:00 am

    what kind of classes could I take to make model cars for myself

  • Reply Ed September 26, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I wonder how to convert the lines in an image to poly lines in Autocad, something like raster to vector conversion. Great Kiwi accent BTW 🙂

  • Reply David Dennis October 6, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    PERFECT! I feel like now I"m an expert. Thanks

  • Reply Mik G November 7, 2015 at 7:32 am

    if i have a plan on an a2 and its scaled 1:200 when inserting the image, i write the scale down or i do it in the drawing?

  • Reply umer arshad April 7, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Sir i am beginner and looking for a complete shoe model to impart u image or draw on autocad . i m waiting for your video…………

  • Reply Stan yu May 18, 2016 at 10:59 am

    actually you can open the image in AI and "image trace" it to "line art" or only line and export to dwg file and re scale it in cad…

  • Reply mahesh shrestha June 12, 2016 at 11:22 am

    fuck up

  • Reply Zuyan Tang August 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Hi,I want to know what you are doing with this reference map,Can you tell me?Thank you very mush.

  • Reply Sandro Meladze October 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    uwful tutorial

  • Reply sama mahesh January 16, 2017 at 4:53 am

    can you send the drawing image to me [email protected]

  • Reply Mohamed Malek January 23, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you so much you are great man

  • Reply Zinc Blende February 3, 2017 at 8:50 am


  • Reply Isabella Andronos February 7, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Thank you! Amazing

  • Reply Harry February 12, 2017 at 12:20 am

    thank you. Finally I figured what I was doing wrong. awesome.

  • Reply Drone Vista Filmagens Aéreas com Drone February 14, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Very nice!!!
    So Please, I try use one image.tif, size of 1Gb, but I can´t load..Please can you help me? Thanks a lot.

  • Reply Old Geezer February 28, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Excellent video

  • Reply Jundoc March 28, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you, helped me alot 😀

  • Reply Dina Marashi April 25, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    bless ya, saved my life

  • Reply rahul malawat June 26, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    please make a video on ATV design and car design for SAE or RCDC LIKE competition , and make a whatsapp group for learners and add me
    my whatsapp no. is +918107557373

  • Reply Vinith Macherla August 18, 2017 at 11:58 am

    thanks for helping me understand in quick and simple way!!!

  • Reply Uji Bay August 23, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Great video, would have liked to have seen you trace all of the outlines and make a 3D model of the car though (as a series I guess) but I did learn stuff which is great.

  • Reply Gumball September 3, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    What did you press (several times) at 2:38 to get to "Specify scale factor" ?

  • Reply Şantiyecinin Günlüğü September 10, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    There is too much videos in my channel about civil engineering and Architecture

  • Reply Quinten Dande September 28, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Best video, great help. Now I can start tracing like a pro 🙂

  • Reply shakah alknday October 13, 2017 at 7:34 am

    very bad explanation, you must care about your watcher not just like talking to yourself..

  • Reply That's osome griefty October 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Hi sir, thanks for your efforts how can i contact you for some autocad issues plz ???

  • Reply Jérémy De Marco November 15, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Hi, I want to know how to make a basic wireframe to import in 3dsmax or solidworks to create à 3d mesh from this wireframe, thanks

  • Reply Punjabi entertainment February 3, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Sir please make the complete video for draw the tractor in auto cad

  • Reply stefan ivanov February 21, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    how to see my new layer?i see them top of each other…

  • Reply Anurag dubey February 22, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Software name share me

  • Reply Kifla 963 June 5, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    How do I print that on A4 paper?

  • Reply Adish Saggar August 29, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Can we do tracing in autocad 2007 version

  • Reply Tymi Tymoshi March 8, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Hi. Can you tell me why I Can not draw a line on jpg. The line is always on the egde of image, not inside

  • Reply Geo Tarkati July 29, 2019 at 10:20 am

    thanks sir

  • Reply Binners Ph September 17, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Where to download the image you use?

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