Are you tired of working with nodes in AutoCAD that are either too small or too large? Changing the size of nodes can greatly improve your workflow and make your designs more visually appealing. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to change the size of nodes in AutoCAD.
Method 1: Using the ‘PDMODE’ System Variable
To change the size of nodes in AutoCAD, you can utilize the ‘PDMODE’ system variable. This variable controls the display style and size of point objects, including nodes.
To access the ‘PDMODE’ variable, follow these steps:
- Open AutoCAD and navigate to the command line.
- Type ‘PDMODE‘ and press Enter.
- The ‘PDMODE’ dialog box will open, displaying a numeric value representing the current node size.
To change the node size:
- Type ‘PDMODE‘ followed by a space and then enter a numeric value for the desired node size.
- Press Enter to apply the changes.
Remember that changing the ‘PDMODE’ value affects all point objects in your drawing, including other types like points representing vertices or blocks. It is recommended to experiment with different sizes until you find one that suits your needs.
Method 2: Using Point Style Settings
If you prefer a more visual approach to changing node sizes, AutoCAD provides an easy-to-use interface called Point Style Manager. This tool allows you to create and modify point styles with custom properties like size, color, and shape.
To access Point Style Manager:
- Open AutoCAD and navigate to the Home tab in the ribbon.
- Click on the ‘Point Style‘ button in the ‘Annotation’ panel.
The Point Style Manager dialog box will appear, displaying a list of existing point styles. To create a new point style:
- Click on the ‘New‘ button.
- Enter a name for your new point style.
- Adjust the desired properties such as size, color, and shape using the available options.
- Click ‘OK‘ to save your changes and exit the dialog box.
To apply your custom point style:
- Select the desired nodes in your drawing by clicking on them or using a selection method.
- In the Properties palette, locate the ‘Point Style‘ property.
- Select your custom point style from the drop-down menu.
Method 3: Using Express Tools
If you are using an AutoCAD version that includes Express Tools, you can take advantage of additional methods to change node sizes. One such method is through the ‘PDSIZE’ command.
To use ‘PDSIZE’:
- Type ‘PDSIZE‘ in the command line and press Enter.
- The ‘PDSIZE’ dialog box will open, displaying a slider that controls node size.
- Note: This method allows you to preview node size changes in real-time before applying them to your drawing.
By utilizing these methods, you can easily change the size of nodes in AutoCAD, enhancing your productivity and improving the visual representation of your designs. Experiment with different sizes and styles to find what works best for you!