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2D line objects can be created for use as logos or annotations in a design. The topics below will cover how to draw 2D line objects as well as how to save them to a library for reuse.

How to Draw 2D Lines, Shapes and Text

This procedure will guide you through drawing 2D lines and text in PADS Maker Layout:

  1. To draw a line or shape, select the Drafting Toolbar (), then select the 2D Line icon .
  2. To control line direction or to draw a 2D shape, right-click on the canvas and select from the options in the menu.
  3. Click a location on the canvas to start the line/shape (note: do not click-and-drag). Hover the mouse to continue drawing the object, and click again to complete the object.

Follow the steps below to add text to PADS Maker Layout:

  1. To draw a line or shape, select the Drafting Toolbar, then select the Text icon  .
  2. This will open the Add Free Text Dialog. Here you can control the layer, location and font type to be placed in the design. Enter a value into the Add Free text field and press the OK button.
  3. Click a location on the place the text string

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How to Save a 2D Line Object to Library

Once you have completed drawing an image, you can save it to your library for reuse by following the steps below:

  1. Combine the 2D line objects that form the greater object. To do this, select all objects (click-and-drag to fence select all objects is the fastest way to do this), right-click, and select Combine from the dropdown menu.

  2. Once combined, make sure the object is still selected, then right-click again. Select Save to Library.

  3. Select the proper location for the object. You will now be able to load the 2D object into future designs using the From Library icon () on the Drafting Toolbar.
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