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elliot goettelman
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Borders

Does anyone have any input on creating custom borders.  Maybe a quick step by step of how you did it?  Do you have to change the drawings limits for each size border?  

 

Thank you.

Bill Wimberley
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Hey Elliot,

Per our email discussion:

My borders are all custom. I have created a different size border for each paper size. I prefer to have an outside line around the border because it makes it easy for me to determine if the project will fit on a particular paper size by just seeing if it will fit within the lines on the border. Some people prefer to not have the lines. In that case I recommend creating the lines anyway but make them with Paint Breaks. Paint Breaks show up on the screen but they don't print. That way you still have your lines to see if the project will fit but when you print the plan the lines aren't there.

It is probably easier to create your borders by modifying the borders provided by SoftPlan. Just make copies of them and place the copies in a folder such as Borders. Then when you start a new project copy the appropriate size border to the new Project folder.

The tutorial on Multi-Drawings has some discussion about borders that might be helpful too.

I change the Workspace Limits on each border to be slightly larger in each direction than the size of the border. I also set each drawing in the project to have the same Workspace Limits as the border. That makes things much easier when placing drawings in the border because the Workspace Limits also give visual clues to whether or not the Project will fit within a certain border size. Also, if you have your Workspace Limits set too large it makes things more difficult to place in a Multi-Drawing.

When creating a border keep in mind the standard size that you will be printing at. So for instance if you are creating the border to be printed at 1/4" scale you would need to draw the border 48 times the size of the paper, reduced a bit on each edge so the border does not go all the way to the edge of the paper.

The way I do this is to determine the size of the paper then multiply that times 48. So for a 24" x 36" paper the calculation is 96' x 144'. I use Paint Breaks to draw a box in the center of the page 96' x 144' and that indicates the paper size on the screen. I make the Workspace Limit slightly larger so I would make it 100' x 150'. Then draw your border inside the Paint Breaks, leaving some room for a margin around the border.

I also leave some additional space on the left side to allow for stapling the plans together. You don't want to place something way over on the left side and have to disassemble the plans to see it.

In the image below is an example of my 24" x 18" border. Click on the image to see a larger version. The outer gray line is the Workspace Limit. The red line is the Paint Breaks indicating the actual size of the paper. And the actual border is drawn inside the Paint Breaks, leaving some room for a margin. I do this for each paper size I will be using so I have several different borders.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

cbe
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I agree with Bill.  I tried

I agree with Bill.  I tried creating my own border but found it much easier to just copy and edit the sizes I needed from the 'System Drawing' folders.  I am still tweaking my border, but the ones provided by softplan give you a good starting template.

- Cory

Dennis Asher
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I also create my own borders.  For the outside lines of the border I use a 2" wide shaded wall.  That way I can overlay the border over my drawing to verify fit and alignment.

Bill Wimberley
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That's a neat idea Dennis. I had never thought of using walls like that.

elliot goettelman
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Thanks for the help!

Thanks for the help!