Export a Layout to Model Space
 
 
 

You can export all visible objects from the current layout to model space.

You can export all visible objects from the current layout to the model space with the EXPORTLAYOUT command. Objects that are outside the boundaries of “paper” in the layout are also exported.

Some objects are not exported to the model space drawing. The objects are

Changes to Exported Objects

When exported, some objects become a different object type, or are modified in order to maximize visual fidelity with the layout.

Object Type Representation in Exported Drawing
Dimensions Dimensions that exceed the boundaries of the layout viewport are exploded.
Standard or dynamic block (with or without attributes) Standard or dynamic blocks, with or without attributes, that exceed the boundaries of the layout viewport will be converted to a new, anonymous block. Attributes are converted to text objects in the block.
NoteThe “Allow Exploding” setting (a setting on the block definition) is ignored if the block exceeds the boundaries of the layout viewport.
Annotative objects Objects become non-annotative.
External reference (xref) An Xref with nested objects that exceed the boundaries of the layout viewport is converted to a block reference and exploded.
Layout viewport Layout viewports are represented by either a polyline or the clipped viewport object.
Custom objects Custom objects are exploded and converted to anonymous blocks.
Xref clipped with the XCLIP command Xrefs clipped with the XCLIP command are converted to a clipped block reference.
Visual Styles The 2D wireframe visual style is used.
Perspective viewports Objects within a perspective viewport will have parallel projection.
NoteObjects that can be directly trimmed without changing their types are not listed on the table.

Visual Changes to Objects

Not all objects when displayed in a layout will display the same in the Model tab of the exported drawing. This includes (but is not limited to) the following instances:

Recommendations

When exporting a layout to model space, consider the following:

To export a layout to a model space drawing
To achieve better visual fidelity for a drawing containing AEC objects
Commands
System Variables
Utilities
Command Modifiers