The Perimeter measurement tool places specialized markups that calculate the length of all sides of a given shape or of a multi-segment line. Perimeter measurements can appear to be similar to Area Measurements, but they are not closed shapes; even when they are created such that their start and end points touch, they are always treated as open shapes. Perimeter measurements can be given depth, if desired.
As with any measurement, be sure to calibrate the document first.
Go to Tools > Measure > Perimeter or press SHIFT+ALT+P.The Perimeter measurement mode is engaged.
- In the Measurements section on the Measurement panel, the Depth field becomes active. This allows for additional calculations, such as Wall Area, on the Markups list, if desired. Enter the desired value and select the units of measure from the associated menu.
Click on each point of the desired shape.
- To "close" the shape,
click the first point again.
Note: Even though their start and end points can touch, Perimeters are always considered open shapes and will behave as such. For a closed-shape measurement, see Area Measurement.
- To complete the shape without "closing" it,
double-click when placing the last point.
- Hold down SHIFT to draw lines that are at horizontal, vertical, or 45° angles.
- Click and drag to place a rectangular shape.
- Holding down SHIFT while doing so will force the rectangle into a square.
- Click the markup so it is active. In the Measurements section on the Measurement panel, certain fields are available to add detail and dimension to the markup, including:
- Depth allows for additional calculations, such as wall area or material volume, on the Markups list. To set a depth for the markup, enter a value and select a unit of measure.
- Segments of a the measurement can be split from the original markup. To do so,
CTRL-clickthe desired segment and select Split Poly. To break a the measurement into its segmented parts, select Split All.
A control point defines where two line segments meet in multi-segment markups. Control points can be added or removed from these markups.
Further, the line segments of these markups can be converted to curves or arcs at their control points, allowing them to conform to nearly any shape.
Select a markup to reveal its control handles. Each handle controls a different aspect of the markup's size and orientation.
To rotate the markup, click and drag the orange handle outside the markup (when the markup is first placed, it will be at the top). By default, the markup is rotated in increments of 15°; to rotate in increments of 1°, hold down SHIFT while dragging.
The rotation can also be entered in the Rotation field found in the Layout section of the Properties panel.
To rotate the caption, click and drag the orange handle directly over it. By default, the markup is rotated in increments of 15°; to rotate in increments of 1°, hold down SHIFT while dragging.To return a rotated caption to its original position, right-click it and select Reset Caption Position.
To move the entire markup together, click and drag a part of it other than the control handles.
To resize a segment or change its angle, click and drag the appropriate yellow handle.
To scale the markup up or down, click and drag the appropriate purple handle.
See Editing Markups for more information.
The appearance of the Perimeter measurement is configurable, including line color, style, width, and opacity, as well as the font style of the caption and whether or not to show it.
To change the appearance of a Perimeter measurement, select it and click the Properties panel. Several properties will also be available on the Properties toolbar when the markup is selected.
Color: Sets the line color.
Fill Color: Sets a fill color.
Highlight: Makes the fill color and/or hatch pattern transparent so underlying content shows through.
Opacity: Sets opacity level of the line and endpoints, from 0 (invisible) to 100 (opaque).
Fill Opacity: Sets the fill opacity, from 0 (invisible) to 100 (opaque).
Line Width: Sets the line thickness in points. A setting of 0 effectively renders the line invisible.
Style: Determines the line pattern.
Show Caption: Select to include caption text on the markup. Click Edit to choose which measurements to include.
Font Size: Sets the size of the font.
Text Color: Sets the color of text.
Font Style: These settings control the formatting of the text. Options include Bold, Italic, Underline, and Strikethrough. Generally, any combination of these styles can be applied to format the text.