Clip ( Drawing Editor )

Tool summary :

  • Erases polygons that are inside or outside the rectangular area that you designate by dragging your mouse pointer.
  • You can optionally have a border drawn around the clipped area.
  • See the step-by-step instructions .

Also see :

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    Step-by-step instructions :

The following instructions assume that you are using a 3-button mouse, and that you use mouse bindings similar to those shown in the illustrations.

Before using this tool:

  • Use Layer Edit All or Layer Show All to show the layers in your current Drawing Editor drawing that you want to be clipped. Typically you will want to Layer Show All.
  • (optional) : On the layer selection tool , select the layer that you want the border to be drawn on (if you plan to draw a border).
  • (if applicable) : To ensure accuracy, first Unshorten the drawing (if it has been Shortened ). You can reshorten the drawing later.
1 . Invoke Clip .
2 . Skip this step if it does not apply. Press the " Unshorten " button to Unshorten . Press " Continue " to go on without shortening. Press " Cancel " to end the operation. See note 2 .
3 . Drag your mouse pointer ( ) while holding down the left mouse button ( Locate ) to form an area box . Release the mouse button when the area you want clipped is in the area box.
4 . Left-click ( Inside ) erases everything inside the area box. Right-click ( Outside ) erases everything outside of the area box.
5 . The status line prompts, "Draw a border around the clipped area?" Left-click ( Yes ) draws a border. Right-click ( No ) does not.
6 . The screen redraws to show the result of the Clip operation. Since the outside option was chosen in step 4 of this example, everything outside the area box is erased. The border is drawn as four lines, which may be edited

Note 1: To invoke Clip :

Method 1 : Click the Clip icon. The icon can be taken from the group named ' Edit -- Area Mode ' and placed on a toolbar (classic) or the ribbon (lightning).

Method 2 : If " Drawing Editor layout style " is ' Classic ', you can use the menu system to choose Edit > Clip .

Method 3, 4 or 5 : Clip can also be invoked using a keyboard shortcut , the context menu , or a mode . For the ' Lightning ' layout style, configuration of the interface is done using Customize Interface .

Method 6 : With Area Mode mouse bindings active, hold down the Shift key and right-click ( Clip ).

Note 2: The warning shown in step 2 would actually not appear on an erection view such as that shown since such drawings are not shortened. Be aware that if you do get this warning and press " Continue ," the clipped drawing cannot be Unshortened at a later time.

Note 3: Right-click ( Return ) in step 3 ends the operation. Middle-click ( Cancel ) in step 4 also ends the operation.

bindings , step 3

bindings, step 4

Tips: At this point you can still undo your changes by using Revert or Undo . If you Save to make your changes permanent, you will no longer be able to Revert , but you can still Undo . You may want to Save As to save under a new name the changes you have made using Clip . But please note that you cannot Save As if your current drawing is a submaterial or an erection view . To keep a copy of the changes made to a submaterial or erection view, use Save Standard Detail .

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