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AutoCAD® 2012 FOR DUMMIES® by David Byrnes

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More Manipulations

The commands in this section — MIRROR, ROTATE, SCALE, ARRAY, and OFFSET — provide other ways (in addition to MOVE, COPY, and STRETCH) of manipulating objects or creating new versions of them. The procedures for each command assume that you're familiar with the object selection and editing precision techniques presented in the MOVE, COPY, and STRETCH procedures (see Chapter 10 and the previous sections in this chapter).

Mirror

The MIRROR command creates a reverse copy of one or more objects. After you select your objects, AutoCAD prompts you to select two points that define a line about which the objects will be mirrored. You then have the option to retain or delete the source objects. Follow these steps to use the MIRROR command:

  1. Press Esc to make sure that no command is active and no objects are selected.
  2. image Click the Mirror button on the Home tab's Modify panel.
  3. Select one or more objects, and then press Enter to end object selection.

    AutoCAD prompts you to define the mirror line by picking points:

    Specify first point of mirror line:
  4. Specify the start of the mirror line by clicking a point or typing coordinates.

    AutoCAD prompts

    Specify second point of mirror line:
  5. Pick a second point.

    Most of the time you'll want to have Polar Tracking or Ortho Mode enabled so you can mirror your objects precisely. The mirrored copies temporarily disappear and AutoCAD prompts ...

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