Welcome to our Drawing & Sheet Setup Instructions documentation section. Proper setup of your drawing requires much more than simply opening a CAD file and starting to design. We've outlined the entire process, providing step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your CADs file correctly.
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This page provides a guide to the essential steps of setting up your drawing, creating a Land F/X project, and preparing your layout sheets.
- Step 1: Set Up Your Drawing
- Step 2: Set Up Your Land F/X Project & Begin Your Design
- Step 3: Prepare Your Sheets
Step 1: Set Up Your Drawing
Open the Correct Drawing Template
- Open a CAD drawing template (DWT file) for the units you plan to use for your drawing.
- Need to create a template? Follow our instructions for Working With Drawing Templates (DWTs).
- Don't forget to create a new Layout template for each Layout sheet size you plan to use.
- Remember: Our software includes several handy tools for setting up your drawings and sheets.
Prepare & Clean Your External References (Xrefs)
Did you receive drawings from a client or other consultants that you plan to attach to your drawing? If so, you'll need to:
- Detach all Xrefs from these drawings.
Follow our drawing cleanup steps for:
- Each Xref
- The main drawing
- Attach each Xref to your main drawing, making sure to follow our recommendations for bringing in Xrefs.
- Consider using our fxREF tool when attaching Xrefs. We developed fxREF specifically to keep Xref attachment free of errors such as mismatched units.
- Zoom to Extents to ensure your drawing doesn't include any unwanted linework, which could lead to problems in the drafting process.
Step 2: Set Up Your Land F/X Project & Begin Your Design
Start a Land F/X Project
Starting a Land F/X project is your first step in creating any design using our software. You'll need to start a new project for each and every design you do. Don't use the same project on more than one design. If you want to be able to use the plants, RefNotes, and details you've already set up in a previous project, learn how to use project templates.
Set Your Units & Plot Scale
- Use our Scale tool to set your units and plot scale before you begin drawing linework or placing plants, site blocks, or irrigation equipment. Make sure you match the units you've set in your drawing template.
- Set your Linetype Scale (LTScale) and Paper Space Linetype Scale (PSLTScale) to ensure that your linetypes (such as dashed or dotted lines) appear correctly in your drawing.
Bring in Any Layer States
A layer state is a saved set of layer properties. If you have one, bring it into your drawing before you begin designing.
Create your plans for:
Remember to keep each sheet drawing in a separate file. You can then Xref these sheets into the main drawing. Don't forget to clean each of your drawing files, as well as each attached Xref, each time you get it back from someone else.
Step 3: Prepare Your Sheets
Set up your drawing for plotting by preparing each sheet you'll need.
Bring in Any Necessary Templates:
- Sheet/Layout Space (Paper Space) templates
- Title block templates (one for each size sheet you'll need). You can bring these in as Xrefs (recommended) or blocks.
Set Up Your Viewports & Add Final Touches
- Create a viewport on the Viewport layer on each Layout sheet.
- Set the scale for each viewport using our Scale tool.
- If necessary, create a User Coordinate System (UCS) in each viewport.
- Add any necessary items such as dimensions, details, plant labels, or Reference Note Callouts.
Set Up Your Layout Sheets
Assign each of your drawing sheets to a Layout drawing. For example, assign a separate Layout sheet to each of the following:
- Planting plans
- Site & hardscape designs
- Irrigation system designs
- Architectural drawings
- Manage and organize your layout sheets using our Sheet Index.