Understand the Layout Process

When you use a layout tab to prepare your drawing for plotting, you follow a series of steps in a process.

You design the subject of your drawing on the Model tab (in model space) and prepare it for plotting on a layout tab (in paper space).

There is one Model tab and one or more layout tabs at the bottom of the drawing window.

NoteThese tabs can be hidden, appearing instead as buttons on the status bar at the bottom-center of the application window.

Process Summary

When you prepare a layout, you typically step through the following process:

You can also use annotative objects if you want to annotate your drawing in model space and scale the annotations automatically. For information about using annotative objects and scaling annotations automatically, see Scale Annotations.