Embed an Image File in AutoCAD13 Jul, 2015
Attaching an image file into your AutoCAD drawing only inserts it as a reference, which means always sending the image file along with the AutoCAD drawing. (What a hassle!) Join Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen as she shows you how to embed an image file so it becomes part of the drawing file!
Hello there, this is Lynn Allen. Thank you for joining me for another AutoCAD tip, courtesy of Cadalyst magazine. Hope your week is great so far. I received an email from someone asking if there was anyway to insert an image into an AutoCAD drawing file so that it was embedded and not just attached. If you've ever done this before, you know what talking about.
When you attach an image file, it's just referenced in the drawing file, so if you need to send your DWG to somebody, you have to always send the image file with it. Otherwise they'll have a big empty space in the drawing. It's not good.
Let me just make sure we are all on the same page just to make sure you know what I'm talking about. I'm going to attach the Autodesk logo. Why not? This is the way most of us normally do it. Drop it into place. Easy enough. I'm going to go into the Xref Manager, and you will see that it's referenced. So it's not really embedded inside the drawing file. Well, that's a drag.
Let me come back out here and let's erase that, right? Then we'll go back into the Xref Manager, and so you know I have nothing up my sleeve, let's do a right-click and detach it.
The way to insert an image file and have it embedded is genius from Greg, my buddy Greg, from AutoCADTips1.com. Be sure to check it out. He has a solution that I would have never come up with. What a genius idea. What you are going to do is go to the image file, like Internet Explorer, for example. Do a right-click and you are going to go to Edit. More than likely it's going to bring it up into Paint, or you can go to Paint directly and open the file.
What I want to do is I'm going to a Ctrl-A. That selects everything, or you could do a right-click or a Select All -- whatever makes you happy. I'm going to do a right-click and I'm going a Copy -- or you can do a Ctrl-C. We all know there's lots of ways of doing it.
I'm going to go back over to my AutoCAD drawing file. Let's go over to the Home tab on the Ribbon and the Clipboard panel, and I'm going to do a Paste Special. My default is going to want to insert it as a Paintbrush Picture. Totally fine with me. Hit OK. Then simply place it just like we did before. It looks pretty simple and pretty straightforward. Now if I go into the Xref Manager, you will see that it did not come in as an attachment. It's actually physically embedded into the drawing file. Awesome! So, so clever.
Thank you so much for joining me. Thank you Greg for being a genius. I hope to see you back here in two more weeks. Give it a try!
In her easy-to-follow, friendly style, long-time Cadalyst contributing editor and Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a new feature or time-saving trick in every episode of her popular AutoCAD video tips. Subscribe to the free Cadalyst Video Picks newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!