How Do I Resize an Image in AutoCAD?

Resizing an image in AutoCAD is a useful skill that can enhance your design workflow. Whether you need to adjust the dimensions of an image for presentation purposes or simply want to fit it into your drawing, AutoCAD provides several methods to achieve this. In this tutorial, we will explore different ways to resize an image in AutoCAD.

Method 1: Using the Scale command

If you want to resize an image proportionally, the Scale command is your go-to option. Follow the steps below:

  1. Select the image you want to resize by clicking on it.
  2. Type “Scale” in the command line or access it from the Modify panel.
  3. Specify a base point by clicking on any point within or outside the image boundary.
  4. Drag your cursor away from or towards the base point to increase or decrease the size respectively.
  5. Click once when you are satisfied with the new size, or enter a specific scale factor in the command line.

Note: The Scale command also allows you to stretch an image non-proportionally by using different values for X and Y scaling factors.

Method 2: Using grips

If you prefer a more interactive approach, using grips can be a convenient method for resizing images. Here’s how:

  1. Select the image and notice that several grips appear around its boundary.
  2. To maintain proportions while resizing, click on any of the corner grips (marked with squares) and drag it inward or outward.
  3. If you don’t need to maintain proportions, click on any of the side grips (marked with triangles) and drag them accordingly.
  4. Release the mouse button when you achieve the desired size.

Note: Using grips is particularly useful when you want to resize multiple images simultaneously. Simply select all the images and follow the same steps as mentioned above.

Method 3: Using properties

If precision is your top priority, using the Properties palette to resize an image may be your preferred method:

  1. Select the image and right-click on it to access the context menu.
  2. Choose “Properties” from the menu, and a Properties palette will appear.
  3. In the Properties palette, locate the “Scale X” and “Scale Y” fields under the “Geometry” section.
  4. Enter new values for both X and Y scales to resize the image. Ensure that you maintain proportionality by entering equal values for both fields.

Note: The Properties palette also allows you to adjust other attributes of an image, such as rotation angle, transparency, or position. It provides a comprehensive way to fine-tune various aspects of your image.


In this tutorial, we have explored three different methods to resize an image in AutoCAD – using the Scale command, using grips, and using properties. Each method offers its own advantages depending on your specific requirements.

Experiment with these methods to find which one suits your workflow best. Remember that resizing an image can affect its quality, so it’s recommended to work with high-resolution images whenever possible.

Resize your images effortlessly in AutoCAD with these simple techniques!