AutoCAD Inserting / Importing Images, Scaling Images, Tracing Images

AutoCAD Inserting / Importing Images, Scaling Images, Tracing Images

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.


  • Chris La Follette

    February 15, 2013

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

  • Novedge

    February 18, 2013

    Good stuff 79Espie!


  • McYe Yuan

    March 24, 2013

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

  • Igors Krasovs

    June 11, 2013

    That was what i was looking for,thank you!

  • Jonrey dela goza

    June 18, 2013

    Thank you so much, thumbs up

  • Rory Nutter

    June 18, 2013

    Thanks mate, very helpful

  • Sherman Hunter

    June 20, 2013

    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

  • Awesome Andrew

    June 22, 2013

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

  • zethib

    September 11, 2013

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

  • Nisha C

    September 17, 2013

    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

  • Awesome Andrew

    September 17, 2013

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

  • Awesome Andrew

    September 17, 2013

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

  • Faisal Gassim

    September 25, 2013

    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

  • Awesome Andrew

    September 25, 2013

    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.

  • Rasev Putra

    September 26, 2013


  • spetnazer

    November 8, 2013

    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

  • HeavenReservation

    December 2, 2013

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

  • Lee lim

    December 2, 2013

    very helpful thanks for the tips

  • Teens Only -

    December 8, 2013

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

    Learn AutoCAD for Begineers Part 01

  • Angel Lucifer

    December 24, 2013

    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… =((  

  • pafosmar

    January 15, 2014

    thnk you!!!

  • priya tharusini

    January 19, 2014

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

  • bacona988

    March 8, 2014

    boom! thank you!

  • itolond

    March 22, 2014

    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?

  • itolond

    March 22, 2014

    ok got it – missed second point – my bad

  • dan stark

    April 7, 2014

    perfect, thanks

  • Ziad Kerba

    April 16, 2014

    not clear cant see any thing 

  • a7m266d

    April 28, 2014

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

  • Chock Bailey

    May 1, 2014


  • marcio escapa

    May 9, 2014


  • burien cox

    June 24, 2014

    Great video, Thank you for sharing. 

  • Jessel Alejo

    June 25, 2014

    Thank you.

  • Ben Hodder

    July 25, 2014

    thank you so much 🙂

  • Josh Mosby

    August 16, 2014

    Thank you very much

  • Shaun Downs

    August 23, 2014

    thank you

  • Random Preston

    September 11, 2014

    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

  • desertfox1792

    September 11, 2014

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

  • Sarah Dixon

    September 13, 2014

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

  • Mariam N

    October 1, 2014

    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!

  • xci z

    October 12, 2014

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

  • Darrengb

    October 13, 2014

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

  • Gordon Freeman

    December 2, 2014

    thank you!

  • Krunal Nimbalkar

    December 29, 2014

    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? 

  • Krunal Nimbalkar

    December 30, 2014

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

  • Armine Sargsyan

    January 11, 2015

    Great job !, very useful and helpful, THANK YOU

  • Việt Anh - Sungroup

    January 15, 2015

    thank you boss !! it really helps 😀

  • Ole Morten

    January 16, 2015

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

  • piramaniak

    February 3, 2015

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

  • Evelyn Paul

    February 11, 2015

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

  • Jackie Ng from malaysia

    February 23, 2015

    thank you very much. you are my man.

  • Herman Coetzee

    March 4, 2015

    Thank you very much, this helped a great deal! 

  • parrotfishko

    March 17, 2015

    thank you 🙂

  • Mladen Hadzija

    March 30, 2015

    How to cut tiff image in autocad?

  • Marvin Rimando

    April 2, 2015

    thank you

  • Bobmarlyrob

    April 29, 2015

    thank you so much!

  • Richard Craven

    May 3, 2015

    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.


    May 12, 2015

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

  • Balaji Duddupudi

    May 17, 2015

    excellent video it was very helpful. Thankyou

  • salma akter

    May 21, 2015

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

  • Samuel Vermeulen

    May 23, 2015

    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]

  • cluxseltoot

    May 25, 2015

    Many thanks – a useful tutorial.

  • braydon 07 wwe amd more Lucas

    September 2, 2015

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

  • Ed

    September 26, 2015

    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 🙂

  • David Dennis

    October 6, 2015

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

  • Mik G

    November 7, 2015

    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?

  • umer arshad

    April 7, 2016

    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…………

  • Stan yu

    May 18, 2016

    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…

  • mahesh shrestha

    June 12, 2016

    fuck up

  • Zuyan Tang

    August 4, 2016

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

  • Sandro Meladze

    October 9, 2016

    uwful tutorial

  • sama mahesh

    January 16, 2017

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

  • Mohamed Malek

    January 23, 2017

    Thank you so much you are great man

  • Zinc Blende

    February 3, 2017


  • Isabella Andronos

    February 7, 2017

    Thank you! Amazing

  • Harry

    February 12, 2017

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

  • Drone Vista Filmagens Aéreas com Drone

    February 14, 2017

    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.

  • Old Geezer

    February 28, 2017

    Excellent video

  • Jundoc

    March 28, 2017

    Thank you, helped me alot 😀

  • Dina Marashi

    April 25, 2017

    bless ya, saved my life

  • rahul malawat

    June 26, 2017

    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

  • Vinith Macherla

    August 18, 2017

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

  • Uji Bay

    August 23, 2017

    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.

  • Gumball

    September 3, 2017

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

  • Şantiyecinin Günlüğü

    September 10, 2017

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

  • Quinten Dande

    September 28, 2017

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

  • shakah alknday

    October 13, 2017

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

  • That's osome griefty

    October 13, 2017

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

  • Jérémy De Marco

    November 15, 2017

    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

  • Punjabi entertainment

    February 3, 2018

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

  • stefan ivanov

    February 21, 2018

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

  • Anurag dubey

    February 22, 2018

    Software name share me

  • Kifla 963

    June 5, 2018

    How do I print that on A4 paper?

  • Adish Saggar

    August 29, 2018

    Can we do tracing in autocad 2007 version

  • Tymi Tymoshi

    March 8, 2019

    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

  • Geo Tarkati

    July 29, 2019

    thanks sir


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