Do you have an image you need to place in your 2D drawing space or Paper View? Have you received a PDF file with a base plan that you need to use? The Load image tool can import both image files (.jpg or .png) and PDFs alike. .
There are two ways to import an image or PDF. Firstly, you can drag-and-drop an image directly from your File Explorer into the drawing view in CET Designer. With this method, when you release your mouse button, you will see the frame on your cursor and you will need to set the size of the image before it shows.
Alternately, follow these steps:
- Go to the Tools component tab.
- Under Image and Text, select Load image.
- Move the cursor to the drawing area. An image component is attached to it.
- Place the frame in one of two ways:
Left-click once to set a starting point, then move the cursor until the frame is the desired size (without holding down the mouse button) and click once to set the ending point.
Click-and-drag the frame to make it the desired size.
- End the tool by pressing the Esc key or by moving the cursor outside of the drawing area.
- Double-click on the frame. The Open dialog is brought up.
- Browse for the image or PDF file that you wish to use and double-click, or select it and click Open.
- Images will be loaded immediately. If you are loading a PDF, the PDF import window opens:
- In the PDF import window, you can choose to place an entire page of the PDF, or click Images at the top to select an individual image from a page. Click to select the content that you wish to import, and then click the Insert button, or double-click on the page or image.
Click Load PDF to select a different file.
- Close the PDF import dialog window.
Select the image/page to bring up the green properties box where you have the following options:
Lock position: Prevents the image from being moved accidentally in the drawing view.
Keep aspect: Locks the ratio, preventing distortion when stretched.
Show in 3D view: Shows the image as a flat surface in the 3D drawing view.
Elevation: Height above the floor. Applies to the 3D elevation and can be used to edit layers of 2D objects.
2D Position: Set the image visibility in the 2D view. Front means that it will always be on top, while Back will place other objects on top of the image.
Brightness: Increase or decrease the brightness in the imported image in the 2D drawing view. Increasing brightness can give appearance of transparency.
Measure and scale: Use to set precise dimensions.
Activate 2D – When checked, you can snap certain tools (lines, walls, dimensions, etc.) to some lines within the image.