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Drawing & Sheet Setup Instructions

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.


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.

Related Webinars

F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users Webinar Series

  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users: Learn AutoCAD best practices to establish good habits. You'll learn about opening the software, working with file types, and understanding some of the tools you see around the screen. (59 min)
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users 2: In Part 2, we’ll show you how Paper Space works with scale through viewports so you can plot what you draw to a full-scale PDF or plotter. (59 min)
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users 3: We'll take you beyond the basics and provide some valuable insights into organizing your drawings and applying a better strategy to using AutoCAD tools. (53 min)


Other Related Webinars

  • Sheet Setup: Learn some basics in proper sheet setup. We'll go over cleaning your base files, as well as best practices for Xrefing, creating templates, using the Land F/X Sheet Index, and more. (1 hr 6 min)
  • Metric Sheet Setup: This webinar covers the metric side of our recommended basic methods for setting up your drawing template, which will help prevent imported Xrefs from corrupting your drawing. You'll also learn how to set up your Model Space and Paper Space for proper scaling in metric units for many metric standards, as well as how to use our Sheet Index tool. (1 hr)
  • 101: First Steps with Land F/X: Learn what Land F/X is, how and why it works, and how you can navigate through your first steps, including sheet setup. (1 hr 1 min)
  • Xref Tips and Tricks: Looking to improve your office drawing production workflow? This webinar takes a look at a scalable setup for drawings using external references (Xrefs), showing you how and why you should use them. We also go over our fxREF tool, as well as the other Land F/X tools that improve with the use of Xrefs. (1 hr 3 min)


Step 1: Set Up Your Drawing


Open the Correct Drawing Template


Prepare & Clean Your External References (Xrefs)

Need to attach one or more Xrefs? Don't forget to clean each Xref individually before attaching it to your drawing.



Did you receive drawings from a client or other consultants that you plan to attach to your drawing? If so, you'll need to:

Protect yourself from lost work and drawing corruption. Keep each necessary sheet drawing in a separate file, and clean all your Xrefs. Keep your files safe in the future by following our steps for preventing drawing corruption.




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


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:


Set Up Your Viewports & Add Final Touches


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.


Last modified on Thursday, 30 January 2020 09:27

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