Improving Dimension Visibility in AutoCAD

Posted on September 5, 2013 by Jim Swain, Synergis Project Manager for Manufacturing Solution:

On a busy drawing it can be challenging to read the dimension text.  Here the red dimension is lost in the green duct work.

To make the text easier to read the dimension style can be edited or the individual dimension’s properties can be tweaked.

In the Modify Dimension Style dialog box choose Background for the Fill Color.

The Fill color is also available in the Text section of the Properties window.

In either case the text box will now mask objects behind it.

Just a little tip to save your eyes from trying to make out all the information.  I hope it helps.  Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you stay ahead.

Until next time,

Jim

Jim is Synergis’ Project Manager for Manufacturing Solutions and has been with Synergis since 1997.  Prior to joining Synergis he worked in the consumer electronics and automotive industries as a design engineer, a test engineer, and as a CAD administrator. He has also taught design classes at the college level. Jim’s broad knowledge base helps him to understand customers’ problems and offer appropriate solutions. Jim earned BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. Jim is a certified Inventor Expert, having been in the first group of people to take and pass the Autodesk Inventor Certified Expert Exam at Autodesk University in 2003. He has also presented classes at Autodesk University since 2003. Email Jim with a question or request.

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