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Sunday, January 26, 2020

How to Fix Image Scaling Issues in 3 Steps (for ACAD users)

Notice/ Disclaimer

Your UI (User Interface) might slightly differ from the one shown in this tutorial depending on the AutoCAD version used.
Therefore it is highly advised to follow the global process as one whole knowledgeable entity (as it is) for educational purposes only.

Actually, the AutoCAD © version used in this course is the 2013 edition.

The site is not responsible for any data loss or harm of any kind, resulting from a bad usage of the commands and tools listed in this post. Therefore the information contained inside this article is as it is, and not to be modified under any condition.

Exclusively! The Lots' Maps of Koura District and many more, inside the post!

A big hello to my readers and subscribers from anywhere.

The fact that you are reading those lines right now makes me assume that you are interested in the topic of this post or at least in some other related to it -Design and Architecture- even you are a professional or just a student.
Anyway, I would like to thank you for your interest in my writings and hope you'll enjoy this another one today.
What I want to talk about this time or later on, is educational material more than another thing; kind of learning tips for achieving a specific purpose.

Let’s start from the end, from the purpose as I told previously:
What if you need to design a new construction within a particular piece of land or plot (by using the technical word here), what are the steps to follow in the preparation of a proposal?

Without costs and free of charges of course because you, as the designer, didn’t yet get paid for your sketches...

So first thing first is to have in hand a layout of the plot to implant your project within.
You might say that it’s the surveyor's job and to provide you a copy of the particular plot borders’ layout.

This is absolutely right, but in some cases, you might fail on such a client who will not pay a surveyor before having at least a glimpse at what he is going thru.

In other terms, he wants to visualize what kind of projects he will spend his money on. Which is also his total right. So what is the solution?
Of course, the solution isn't by excluding the surveyor -you will need him for your final formal documents- but to have a copy of the plot on your own and free of charge, just sitting in your office.

How to do it? Okay, I will tell you how…

2019 AutoCAD Tips and Tricks

You surely have some old copies of the surveying maps for some projects you previously worked on, mainly in your area of work.
I meant by area-of-work the area within you have the most projects and reputation of works you executed.
Good to know that the original copy of those maps from the formal department cost each one about LBP 50,000 (which is equivalent to US$ 33.33 or more) and if available. So, it's worth it!
Anyway, presuming that you have a copy of those maps and know the particular lot number, I will explain the tips or steps for getting a soft copy of them.

Step 1- Do a scan of it. Depending on the paper size of the map (usually from A0 till A4 format size) use the appropriate scanner size to fill all the drawings or just the wanted area that contains the lot.
I suggest scanning the whole paper for future use of the surrounding plots included. If you don’t own a large format scanner, you can scan it from any digital services stores; they are anywhere in the country and it only cost about US$ 5.00 for the monochrome output + the CD for the image file, .jpg or .pdf type. I am not sure if an editable copy can be done from it since the majority of the scanners available in the market produce an image output only.
The output scan settings should be set to 300 dpi for resolution if you are using the metric unit scale for drafting in the AutoCAD™ program; The distance between grid lines will be automatically set.

AutoCAD TipsThis parameter can be changed with any photo editing software later, keeping in mind your image pixelation density and the resulting file size for the setting exceeding >300 dpi.

Note: The AutoCAD™ is a registered trademark of the AutoDesk Company

The reference scale should always be the grid lines because they are here for the good homogeneity of the scaling, in both directions vertical and horizontal, eg. the X and Y-axis.

Usually, a map sheet came with a scale of 1:1000, unless some exceptions, which means a distance of 100 meters between the gridlines in both directions.

Step 2- Insert it onto your drawing. Use the drag and drop tool to do so, instead of using the classic insert image command and it provides the same options for rotating and scaling the image.

In my opinion, it is much easier and practical to manipulate also.

Don't forget to leave the same values as 1, when prompting for the rotate and scale parameters: Enter⤶ for the prompted scale value, in a way to keep the scale unchanged.

After the inserting process, always check if the result is satisfying; which means performing a check for the distance will be helpful to prevent future errors.

It should display 100 units (here, the metric) or approximate value.

An error range of < 0.2 meters is acceptable due to the map scale factor, as shown here:
AutoCAD Tips
A screenshot showing the verified distance between the guidelines

Step 3- What if the scale didn't match? In the case of non-matching results for any reason, don’t give up! It can be the scanner calibration adjustment settings that were inappropriate or something else... Anyway, it is not a problem at all because you can fix it by yourself, and here’s how:

- This procedure applies to all AutoCAD™ versions;

Use the Scale (SC) command > then the Reference (R) option as follows:
After selecting the image to edit, you will be first prompted to specify a base point:

Select any point you like but don’t forget where you did pick it because you will be prompted afterward to choose it again.

At the Specify scale factor or [Copy/Reference]: prompt, you’ll type R for the Reference option. For the Specify reference length <1.00>: prompt, you have to pick the same point selected previously as the base point. Then at the Specify second point: prompt, select a point on the original distance, and finally at the Specify new length or [Points] <1.00>: prompt, pick another point on the new desired length, which ends the command.

And that’s all! You are done in less time and cost.

In a conclusion, you can now present your proposal to the client to claim his primary approval.


Finally, it is good for an Architect Designer or related professions like surveyors, real estate brokers, engineers, and others to have their particular and own library and thus, their favorite maps.

It will be their personal and unique reference along with its original multiple items.

Koura District Survey Maps and much more!

  • As for me, I did collect some materials related to my almost areas of work during my professional career, which is mainly the Koura region in the North of Lebanon and especially for my hometown Amioun.
  • The good news is that I am sharing my files over a safe and secure online network (payhip.com) for the public utility and anyone interested in that kind of material. My online Store Link is https://payhip.com/nmaanionlineblogstore; where you can find several architectural and computer-related references available for all. Please check it out!
  • The downloadable documents within those links contain surveying maps for the regions of Koura, Zgharta, and Bsharri from different resources. Actually, we have here tens of sheet maps for each casa, divided into several towns and villages. All the documents are in .dwg file format (compressed in .rar format) with the plot number labeled inside each of the featured plots, which means an easy way to search and find any number for any plot within the selected area by using the AutoCAD™’s FIND command.
  • Before you can use any of those files, they should be decompressed (unzipped with the WinRAR software). You can find the installer of the program in the description of the product when downloaded or purchased.
  • Not to mention the editing tools and commands of the software through editable files to the fullest.
  • In addition to the above, my collection also includes scanned version of Amioun’s surveys maps (a set of 31 sheet-maps) with the formally designed zoning (النظام التفصيلي للبناء - الفرز والضم - الاستثمار وتقسيم المناظق) and planning decrees (المراسيم التظبيقية للمخططات الحديثة), which is indispensable for any architects for the well-designed project with the setback-outlines and all the related issue-free. All the documents in this section are in the .jpg format file.

You can now buy your selected items as per the Town_name by selecting them from the lists below:


  • Moreover, and for the surveyors' needs in mind, I shared this useful complete map of Koura's District. As a bonus, you can find the most used ACAD's Arabic fonts ready to download here.
Please read the readme.txt file provided within the downloaded folder, for an easy-to-follow-step-by-step guide for properly installing the fonts.
For further information or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at (+961) 3 577506- Lebanon, or email me at info@101architechprojectsandblogs.com. I'll be glad to assist you!


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