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Introduction to editing your vector file

Video Transcript
00:00: Hi everybody, Luke from Scan2CAD here. In this video, we will go over some ways in which you might edit a DXF file. So this is going to be a short video and we”ll show you how to firstly, create a DXF file, then edit the text within the DXF file, that would be vector text. Then we’re going to change the line type of a line in the DXF file. We’re going to erase and draw some lines, and then we’ll move some lines. So, as I say, this will be a short video. It’s not going to cover everything you may want to do with a DXF file, it could be endless amounts of things. So anything that you think is not covered here and you’d like to learn, you can simply go to There’s more videos, there’s articles, there’s a full user manual of the Scan2CAD software, and you can also download the free trial of Scan2CAD at our website.

00:53: Okay, great. So first thing, let’s go into Scan2CAD. What we have here is a image of a stereotypical architectural drawing, and I’m zoomed into a certain part of the image so we can see what’s going on. First thing we will do is create a DXF file. So right now this is just a raster file, a TIFF. Other raster files could be JPEG, BMP, just a file compiled of pixels basically. So we want to change this into a vector file first.

01:26: So all we have to do is just hit this “All” button, and “All” means it will convert both text and lines and shapes. And now we have the overlay of the vector on top of the raster image. So I’m gonna hit V for vector, and here we see the vector converted version of our raster image. We’ve heard that the client would like to change his bedroom here into a study. Well that’s just easy now that we’ve converted into vector as going to the vector draw mode. So I’ve hit this red pencil there. Then I’m going to the pink vector text edit mode, which is this button here. And then we’re going to simply click on the text we want to edit. And I said I want to change this room into a study so I’m just gonna write “Study” instead. Hit Enter, and there we go. We’ve changed it. We can switch between the old raster image and the vector conversion by hitting R and V on your keyboard. You can do both by hitting that button there with the… It’s the I with the two lines underneath. So we can see there that we’ve changed bedroom into a study.

02:53: Okay, great. We’ve also heard that the client would like to remove this door and we’re going to just put a wall in its place. And the way we might want to do that is first we’ll go to the erase tool. And then we’re going to choose the vector erase line. Now I’ll just click on the line here to erase it, I’m going to do the same on this vector line here. And we won’t need these two lines so I’m also going to erase those and this one here. Next, we’ll draw a line, so we can go from the vector erase mode to the vector draw mode. We’ve selected that. Now we’re going to choose, “Draw vector line.” And we can simply connect these two areas, so I’ve done that line. For the second line, I’m going to zoom in a bit so you can see better on this video. So, I’m just selecting an area like so, and I’m going to hit the zoom window tool. And we’ll do the same again. Choose the draw vector line and we’ll go from that point and straight across to that point.

04:31: Okay, great. So if we zoom back out now, we can see that we’ve put up a wall in place of what was previously a door. Let’s imagine for a second that the conversion wasn’t how we wanted. So what I’ll do is, I’ve chose the vector erase tool and I’m going to erase a line and I’m going to erase this arc here, and I’m going t choose the vector draw mode. I’m going to use the move tool which it basically moves a grab point to another area. And I’m going to move this line all the way down to here. So what I’ve done here is I’ve created a simulation of a unwanted conversion. If we view the raster image again, we can see that this is supposed to be a door symbol. But if we view the vector, we’ve now got a straight line where should be an arc. You can tell vector arcs apart from vector lines because you’ll see that there’s red lines here, convenes straight red lines, and we have pink arcs for arcs. We have, also over here, we have black dash lines. So what I want to do here is convert this line back into a pink arc. We can do that by choosing the vector draw mode.

06:00: We’ll choose change line to arc which is this tool, and we can simply click on the line. Now we’ve done it. Now we’re going to move back to the move the grab point tool. And I’m going to zoom in a little, so you can see what I’m doing. I’d like to just move this arc outwards so it’s a true arc instead of a straight line. So again, we’re gonna go to that… A vector move grab point. And we’re going to go over to this grab point and simply bend it out. Okay, that looks like a good door to me. I can also see that we’ve not got a perfectly straight line here. So, just quickly, for the purpose of this video, I’m going to grab this grab point and just move it out. Just roughly. We can see that it’s moved both the lower line and the vertical line.

07:14: So, let’s zoom back out and see what we’ve done so far. We’ve changed this text from “bedroom” to “study”. Again we can hit All to see the original. We got rid of a door here and put in a wall. We saw what it was like to change a line type from a vector line into a vector arc. And finally, we saw how we could move lines by grabbing a vector grab point and putting it to where we wanted to move it, as we did in this area here.

07:48: So I hope that’s been useful, learning about the basics of editing a DXF file. If you have any questions, the Scan2CAD support team is always here to help. You can just head over to our Contact section of the website. And as I said before, we have our learning resources at Scan2CAD/learn. Cheers. I’ll see you next time.