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Draw Revision Clouds Where You Want Them
Tip# 3966 By Perry Pattiz On 27-Aug-2012
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Categories : Polylines
Software type : AutoCAD 2013
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Use the Revision Cloud icon to adjust clouds and create natural-looking results.

Mechanical engineer Perry Pattiz shares a revision cloud tip for AutoCAD.

"I used to draw revision clouds freehand, and frequently they didn't end up exactly where I wanted them. Modifying the clouds afterward by moving the points or stretching the clouds is time-consuming, and doesn't produce natural-looking revision clouds. Instead, first draw an ellipse, a closed polyline shape, or spline, and outline the cloud that you want. Then click on the Revision Cloud icon, select the Object parameter, and then click on the object that you drew.

"If the size of the arcs is not what you want, select Revision Cloud again, type A for arc length, give it a new size, and press Enter; then select Object and press Enter, and select the object you drew. You can reverse the cloud or keep it as shown by pressing Enter. You can also use Properties afterward to modify the color and width of the cloud. With a little practice, you'll never draw a freehand revision cloud again."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: That's AutoCAD for you: Why make one way to do something when you can have two ways — or more! Making revision clouds is easy. Start the command and draw the cloud; just circle your revised object/text. Sometimes space is limited, or you are creating an object from a revision cloud, such as a bush, a bunch of trees, or a preserve area that you want to look fancy (and not like a bunch of boring straight lines). Draw a closed polygon, polyline, spline, ellipse, etc., and convert it into a revision cloud. This allows more precise creation of your cloud.


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Comment by BLOOM,JIM
Posted on 2012-08-27 13:55:47
If you create a macro in a tool with the major & minor arc preset, you merely have to select the object you want to turn into a cloud. i have 4 tools on a tool bar that give me a the option of normal or caligraphy & model or paperspace. Below is an example of a Model Space cloud with 12" & 18" arcs, using the Caligrophy option: (^C^CMS;_revcloud;A;12;18;S;C;)
Comment by Borodulin,Alex
Posted on 2012-08-27 14:01:58
Small program for adding clouds: http://www.nyacad.com/HA7/Multiclouds2.htm Alex Borodulin 8/27/12
Comment by Sanders,Richard
Posted on 2012-08-27 14:13:38
OK, I guess I'm "that guy" again...I learned something here. I *always* made a Revisions layer, drew a rectangle or PLine, getting my reference object lines 'exactly' where I wanted the cloud to be (and ending with the "C" command to Close the poly), then clicked the RevCloud button to turn that Object into a cloud with my preferred Arc settings... What I learned today is that you can freehand draw a cloud too! How cool is that? I never realized you could do that...lol