29/11/2022

How to Insert Image in AutoCAD

Adding Photos to AutoCAD with Imageattach Command

You can use more than one method when you want to add visuals to your drawing while using the AutoCAD program. One of them is the “imageattach” command.

To use the command, just type imageattach on the command line or the main screen and press the ENTER key. (Instead of typing a command, you can choose the attach command under the insert menu.)

AutoCAD imageattack

Figure 1.1.: Entering a Command on the Command Line

Insert > Attack

AutoCAD Insert > Attack

Figure 1.2.: Choosing the Attach Command with the Insert Menu

After this process, you will be ask to select the image you want to add to the screen.

AutoCAD Choose Image

Figure 1.3.: Making Image Selection

After the image selection is made, the page where settings such as the preview image, the starting point where the image will be placed, the scale (image size), and the angle of the image to be rotated are made appears on the screen.

After the values ​​for the desired settings are write, you must press the ENTER key, then the image will be added to your drawing page. (If the picture scale is small, you may not be able to see the picture first, so pressing the Mouse Scroll button twice will help you see the picture.)

AutoCAD Image Configuration

Figure 1.4.: Visual Settings Section

You can see the steps of the sample work in the images below.

AutoCAD Image Configuration 2

AutoCAD Image Preview

Figure 1.5.: Case Study

It is also possible to manually adjust the settings such as the front view, the starting point where the picture will be placed, the picture size, and the angle of the picture to be rotated. For this, the “specify on-screen” option must be checked for the specified settings.

AutoCAD Image Configuration 3

Figure 1.6.: Manually Making Visual Settings

After pressing the OK button or the ENTER button, the starting point where the image will be placed must be selected first.

For this, you can select a certain point with the help of the MOUSE LEFT CLICK, or you can add the desired coordinates (respectively x,y,z) with a comma between them and specify the starting point, then press the ENTER key and add the image to the starting point you want.

AutoCAD Insertion Point With Mouse

Figure 1.7.: Determining the Starting Point with the Help of the Mouse

AutoCAD Insertion Point With Custom Coordinates

Figure 1.8.: Determining Starting Point by Writing Coordinate Point

After this process, the scale setting of the image should be made. For this, you can enter a value and press the ENTER key, or you can determine the size by moving your mouse and confirming with the MOUSE LEFT CLICK.

AutoCAD Specify Scale

Figure 1.9.: Manually Adjusting the Scale (Size)

After scaling, the image must be placed at the desired angle. To perform this operation, you can enter a value and press the ENTER key, or you can move your mouse to bring the image to the desired angle and confirm with the MOUSE LEFT CLICK.

You can see the steps of the sample work in the images below.

AutoCAD Specify Scale

AutoCAD Specify Scale Factor

AutoCAD Specify Scale Factor

Figure 1.10.: Case Study

All these processes ensure that the image on your computer is transferred into the AutoCAD file as an address.

When the image is moved or deleted from the address where it is located, the image does not appear because this change is not made in the AutoCAD file. Please pay attention to this matter.

Image Inside AutoCAD


Adding Photos to AutoCAD with the insertobj Command

You can use more than one method when you want to add visuals to your drawing while using the AutoCAD program. One of them is the “insertobj” command. To use the command, just type insertobj on the command line or the main screen and press ENTER. (Instead of typing a command, you can choose the OLE Object command under the insert menu.)

AutoCAD insertobj

Figure 1.1.: Entering a Command on the Command Line

AutoCAD OLE Object

Figure 1.2.: Selecting OLE Object Command with Insert Menu

After this process, the type (Object Type) of the image you want to add must be selected. Since the image is desired to be added, the “Paintbrush Picture” type should be selected as the object type and then the ENTER key or the OK button should be pressed.

AutoCAD Paintbrush

Figure 1.3.: Selecting the Object Type

After selecting the object type, a blank Paint page appears on your screen.

AutoCAD Blank Paint Page

Figure 1.4.: Paint Page

Opening the image you want to transfer to the AutoCAD file, copying the image, pasting it into the empty Paint file opened in the previous process, and closing the Paint file is enough for the image to be add to the AutoCAD file.

AutoCAD Copy

Figure 1.5.: Copying the Image

AutoCAD Paste Image

Figure 1.6.: Pasting the Image to the Paint Page

AutoCAD Paste Image

Figure 1.7.: Transferring the Image to AutoCAD Program

When it is desired to change the dimensions of the added image (when it is desired to enlarge or reduce), dimensional changes can be made through the dots that appear in the corners after left-clicking on the image. For this, it is sufficient to select the point belonging to the desired edge to be processed, left click, and after it is brought to the desired size in the preview, left click and give approval.

AutoCAD Paste Image

Figure 1.8.: Enlarging the Image After Transferring

AutoCAD Paste Image

Figure 1.9.: Reducing the Image After Transferring

If your image is a high-resolution (high pixel values) file, the “Could Not Update Client” warning appears on your screen. In this case, although the image seems to have been transferred to the AutoCAD program, when you close and open the program after saving your file, it is observed that it is not transferred.

AutoCAD Error

Figure 1.10.: Failed to Update Client Error

To solve this problem, you need to right-click on the file of the image you want to transfer and select Open With > Paint.

AutoCAD Open Image

 Figure 1.11.: Opening the Image Differently

After clicking the “Resize” option in the Home section of the opened Paint file, you will see a tab where you can adjust the size settings in percentage or pixels. When the change is desired to be made as a percentage; The horizontal and vertical values ​​have a default value of 100 because the image is in its original size. Since it is desired to reduce the dimensions, it is sufficient to change these values ​​with the desired small value. And press the OK button and then save the file. (In the example below, the value of 25 was written because the pixel value wanted to be reduced by 1/4.) (Please be careful not to change the aspect ratio of the original image while making the necessary edits.)

AutoCAD Image Dimension

Figure 1.12.: Controlling the Sizing Setting with Percentage

If the change is desired to be made in pixels, it is sufficient to write the desired pixel values ​​in the sections where the default horizontal and vertical pixels are specified, press the OK button, and save the file. (In the example below, since the pixel value was wanted to be reduced by 1/4, 1500 was written for the horizontal part and 1000 for the vertical part.) (Please be careful not to change the aspect ratio of the original image while making the necessary edits.)

AutoCAD Image Dimension

Figure 1.14.: Controlling the Resize Adjustment with Pixels

After the editing, it will be possible to add the image to the AutoCAD program by repeating the steps stated at the beginning of the article.