If you need to create a drawing on the fly without access to AutoCAD, you can use Revu to sketch proposed layouts and details. By utilizing PDF title block templates, you can standardize your sketches and your sketching processes. Title blocks include pertinent drawing information such as legal disclaimers, approvals, dates, your organization’s logo, and more.
In this article, you’ll learn how to save and create title block templates for easy access when sketching in Revu.
Use an existing document as a title block template
If you already have a standard title block to work with, you can open it in Revu and add it to your list of templates for a digital sketching workflow.
Scan hard copies as PDFs
If you only have access to a printed drawing with your title block, you can scan it to your device as a PDF. There are a couple ways to do this:
- Go to File > Create > From Scanner or Camera.
This method only works if your device is connected directly to a scanner.
- Scan the drawing as a PDF and send it to your email or a shared drive.
After scanning the document, open the PDF in Revu to edit content and save it as a template for future use.
Open PDF versions of drawing files
If you have access to digital drawings with a title block, you’ll need to make sure they’re PDFs before opening them in Revu. For more information about this, see How to convert DWG files to PDF.
Once you’ve converted the CAD drawing, you can open the file in Revu, then edit it for use as a sketch template.
Convert a drawing to a sketch template
To create a sketch template for future use, you’ll need to remove any PDF content outside the title block. To do this:
- Go to Edit > PDF Content > Erase Content.
- Select the content you’d like to erase, leaving the title block intact.
To edit existing project information inside the title block, use the Typewriter (W) tool.
- Go to the File Properties panel, and update the Title. The title you create will appear in the template dropdown list.
- To save the document as a new template, go to File > New PDF from Template… > Save as Template.
- Enter a new file name in the File Explorer dialog box, and select Save.
Now your new title block template should appear in the dropdown list when you navigate to File > New PDF from Template… to create a new sketch.
Create a new title block template
If you don’t have access to an existing title block, you can use Markup tools to create one directly in Revu.
Create page border and title block section
- Go to File > New PDF.
- Edit the page size and orientation according to your standard drawings. For Style, Blank is recommended.
- Select OK.
- Go to View > Show Grid (Shift+F9).
- To ensure straight lines while sketching, go to View > Snap to Grid (Ctrl+Shift+F9).
- Select Tools > Markup > Rectangle (R), and draw a border around the perimeter of the page.
- With the new border selected, open the Properties panel to edit the line color, line width, and more.
- Select Tools > Markup > Rectangle again to draw the sections for your title block.
- As with the page border, select the new title block sections and go to the Properties panel to edit the appearance.
Customize your title block
After outlining your title block, you can add more content to it using tools in Revu.
- To add a logo, go to Tools > Markup > Image > From File.
If your device is connected to a scanner, you can also scan a logo from a hard copy by selecting From Scanner.
- To add lines, go to Tools > Markup > Line (L).
- To add text go to Tools > Markup > Typewriter (W) or create a text box by selecting Tools > Markup > Text Box (T).
Save a new title block template
Save your new title block as a template for use with future sketches.
- Before saving the new PDF template, flatten the document to ensure the title block can’t be edited while sketching. Go to Document > Flatten (Ctrl+Shift+M).
- You can select whether to Allow Markup Recovery (Unflatten). Enable this setting only if you’ll need to edit the title block in the future.
- Select Flatten.
- Go to the File Properties panel and give the document a title. The title you create will appear in the template dropdown list.
- Select File > New PDF from Template… > Save As Template.
- Enter a file name into the File Explorer dialog box and select Save.
Your new title block will be available when you navigate to File > New PDF from Template… to start a new sketch.
For more information about how to save a new template to a shared drive, please see this article.
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