Chapter 5. Planning for Paper

In This Chapter

  • Setting up paper space layouts

  • Buttons or tabs for layout fashionistas

  • Looking into viewports

  • Working in paper space

Most of what the previous chapters have looked at so far revolves around setting up the model space environment — that infinitely large, three-dimensional realm wherein you create your gleaming towers, your wondrous electronic gadgetry . . . or your garden shed or your angle bracket. However, you may have picked up a hint here or there that AutoCAD has a whole different environment known as paper space.

That, of course, is only half the story. The final product of all this setup, remember, is a printed drawing on a piece of paper. Unless you're prepared to send your computer out to the work site, you're going to have to get those designs off the screen and onto paper. The first part of that process is configuring the sheet layout in paper space, which I explain in this chapter. For the actual process of outputting either model space or layouts to printer or plotter, see Chapter 16.

Chapter 2 introduces you to the two spaces — model and paper — and Chapter 4 explains how to configure model space for efficient drawing. Before you plunge into paper space, a quick recap of model space is in order.


Model space is the drawing environment that's current when the Model button on the status bar is active. Model space is where you create the "real" objects that you're drawing, so these objects are referred to as model geometry whether ...

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