How to create background fill for your AutoCAD text

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How to create background fill for your AutoCAD text.

Introduction

We recently been asked about how to add a white background behind text so that you can read it.

There are a couple of ways to do this and we’ll look at two.

Problem

The issue was that some lines goes through the text item as shown below. This could lead to errors in reading the text correctly.

How to create background fill for your AutoCAD text - 1 problem

Solution

The first solution is to create a Wipeout object and move the Text in front of the Wipeout. To do this you would go the Annotate ribbon tab and select Wipeout.

How to create background fill for your AutoCAD text - 2 wipeout

Then draw the shape and enter. We drew a rectangular shape around the 120 text item, hiding the text.

How to create background fill for your AutoCAD text - 3 Adding wipeout

Then select the text and Right click and move the text to the front, by changing the draw order.

How to create background fill for your AutoCAD text - 4 changing draworder

You’ll need to do this process for each text item.

The Second Solution

Another solution is to firstly convert the text item to Mtext. This is done in AutoCAD’s Express Tools. These tools are only found in the full version of AutoCAD.

How to create background fill for your AutoCAD text - 5 Change to Mtext

Once converted to Mtext select the item. Then in the Properties change the Background mask property to Yes and select both the Use Background mask and Use drawing background color options. You can change the Border factor to suit. In this example I use 1.

How to create background fill for your AutoCAD text - 6 Add background mask

This will add a background to the text item and hide the lines behind the text. Solving the problem.

How to create background fill for your AutoCAD text - 7 Result

To change the other text items you need to convert each one to Mtext separately and then you can use the Match Properties to apply the Background Mask to the other Mtext items.

Conclusion

There are other options like creating a hatch object in place of the Wipeout but using either of these processes you’ll be able to reduce the risk of the user reading incorrectly.

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