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Exporting to DWG / CAD

6.3_Exporting to DWG:CAD

0:00 As you can see from the previous two lessons, LayOut has a variety of options for sharing your work with others, either on screen or in print.

0:10 The last export format we’re going to explore is saving as a DWG or DXF - which can be opened and edited in a CAD program.

0:21 For this example, let’s use our elevation view with annotations on it.

0:27 Also double check to ensure that your model is rendered as ‘Hybrid’ this time.

0:31 Hybrid ensures our vector edges transfer over as native CAD linework.

0:38 Then go to ‘File/Export’...and choose DWG/DXF’.

0:47 Then click the options button.

0:49 We’re asked to choose a page range.

0:52 Let’s keep things simple and only export the current page we’re on.

0:56 Make sure that all the default options are checked and then then click ‘Export’.

1:03 When we open our CAD file we’ll notice a few things that LayOut did automatically for us.

1:09 First of all, our page information is placed into a Paper Space sheet layout…

1:14 …everything that is except our SketchUp model, which has been placed in Model Space at 1:1 scale.

1:22 Second, all of our layers transferred over. By default there’s no layer color applied.

1:31 If you want the colors from LayOut to transfer over as well, just uncheck ‘Export Entities as Color by Layer.’

1:39 Looking closer at our layers panel, we can see a new layer called ‘Images’ has been added.

1:46 This layer contains all the raster textures from our model.

1:50 Since we’re in CAD now and may not need these, we can simply toggle that layer off.

1:56 Note that the textures themselves are saved as a single PNG exports in a folder in the same directory that you specified for your DWG export.

2:08 Next, notice that leaders and dimension functionality has been preserved...just like when importing DWGs into LayOut.

2:20 If you instead want everything to come in as individuals lines and shapes, then you just can uncheck ‘Export as Native DWG Entities’.

2:33 Whether importing or exporting DWG linework, you can see how just how seamlessly content created in LayOut integrates with other CAD applications.

2:43 And that concludes the LayOut Essentials learning track.