How Do I Import and Scale an Image in AutoCAD?

Importing and scaling an image in AutoCAD can be a useful tool when working on projects that require visual references or integrating scanned images. In this tutorial, we will walk through the steps of importing an image into AutoCAD and scaling it to the desired size.

Importing an Image:

To import an image into AutoCAD, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Launch AutoCAD and open a new or existing drawing file.

Step 2: Navigate to the ‘Insert’ tab located on the top menu bar.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Attach’ option in the ‘Reference’ panel. This will open a file dialog box.

Step 4: Browse and select the image file you want to import, then click on the ‘Open’ button.

Scaling an Image:

Once you have imported your desired image, you may need to scale it to fit your specific requirements. Follow these steps to scale an image in AutoCAD:

Step 1: Select the inserted image by clicking on it. You will notice that small blue squares appear around the edges of the image.

Step 2: Hover your cursor over one of these blue squares until it changes into a double-headed arrow.

Step 3: Click and drag this blue square until you achieve your desired scale. A preview of the new size will be shown as you drag.


  • If you want to maintain the original aspect ratio of the image while scaling, press and hold down the ‘Shift’ key while dragging.
  • If you prefer to input specific dimensions for scaling, right-click on the selected image and choose ‘Properties’. In the properties palette, adjust the ‘Scale X’ and ‘Scale Y’ values accordingly.


Importing and scaling images in AutoCAD can greatly enhance your workflow, allowing you to incorporate visual references or scanned images into your drawings. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily import and scale an image to suit your specific needs.

Additional Tips:

– It’s always a good practice to save your AutoCAD drawing after importing an image to ensure that the image stays linked to the file.
– If you need to move or adjust the position of the imported image, select it and use the ‘Move’ command from the Modify panel.
– Remember that importing high-resolution images may increase the file size of your AutoCAD drawing, so it’s essential to optimize them for your project requirements.

Now that you’ve learned how to import and scale an image in AutoCAD, you can explore various possibilities with incorporating visual elements into your designs. Happy drafting!