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How to get started with DraftSight

How to get started with DraftSight?

DraftSight: A 2D CAD Software for all professionals

DraftSight, while hearing this word, you may have questions such as what is DraftSight software? what it will do? what is its cost? how to use it? any cost-benefit for buying this software for me?

Let we see...

DraftSight is a 2D and 3D Cad software for engineers, architects, cad designers, and Professional cad users.

Let us see a short introduction of Draftsight, its capabilities & Its benefits in this blog.

As said, Draftsight is a 2D & 3D software that is used for 2D design and annotation & 3D Modelling. Draftsight will let you do all the operations you are doing in the present 2D software without missing the legacy. From the file extension to the user interface, you can feel the same feeling that you felt in the present 2D software.

Yes, it works with DWG/DXF format. So reuse of legacy data is easy.

The user interface is also the same, as a familiar user will take a short time to adapt to it. In other words, you will take a minimal learning curve to adapt here.

DraftSight interface

Import model to DraftSight

Some of the commands you can work with Draftsight are below:

  • Layer Management
  • Blocks
  • Mechanical Tool Box
  • Ballooning and BOM

Layer Management:

You can Use the Layer command to create new Layers, set the active Layer, and specify Layer properties and behavior.

Layer Management in DraftSight

You can create a new Layer at any time. For efficiency, it is recommended that you plan Layers in advance.



A Block is a collection of entities bound together as a single entity. After you create a Block, you can insert it whenever you need it in a drawing.

When you use the Make Block command, the Block is recognized in the current drawing only. The Export Drawing command lets you write a Block to an external drawing file for use in any drawing.

Blocks in DraftSight


Mechanical Tool Box:

DraftSight contains robust mechanical tools and symbols that will help you standardize your mechanical drafting practices and speed up your time to market. The Mechanical Toolbox allows you to choose which industry standard you want to use or create your own custom standard.

Mechanical tool box in DraftSight


Ballooning and BOM

The Ballooning system will let you give Properties of the physical entity present and extracted to BOM with a single click.

Ballooning and BOM generation in DraftSight


Power Tools available in Draftsight

  • Image Tracer
  • Drawing Compare


Image Tracer

Image Tracer in Draftsight

The Image Tracer tool lets you convert raster images in .bmp, .png, and .jpg formats to vector format. The images can be architectural plans, floor plans, logos, and curved images.

Image Tracer


Drawing Comparison

Compare to quickly identify and track changes using drawing revisions. Draw compare graphically depict differences between drawings/show entities that have been added or removed in the color of your choice.

Drawing Comparison



Benefits of using DraftSight

It’s time to expose the commercial benefit of this software over other 2D cad software.

  • Draftsight is having Perpetual cum network license type. Yes, we are providing a lifetime license with the best in price - No need for yearly renewal.
  • Also, we are providing Tech support for your license.
  • ROI – Tax depreciation against purchase.
  • API and LISP Programs are also available in Draftsight for customization.


how to use image tracer power tool in Draftsight

How to Use Image Tracer Power Tool in DraftSight

How to Use Image tracer Power Tool in DraftSight?

DraftSight is free CAD software that is easy to learn and use. It provides powerful tools for 2D and 3D design, allowing you to create complex models. One of these tools is the power tool.

A power tool is a plugin that provides an alternate way to do something in DraftSight. Power tools can help with things like rendering, text editing, and joining solids.

This post will teach you about the power tool available in Draftsight - Image tracer and how to install one if you need it in your workflow.

The Image Tracer

The image tracer power tool is a plugin that allows you to create a trace of an image. It's useful for quickly generating models from actual images instead of having to spend hours modeling them. The software reads the pixel information of the image and creates a 3D model as it processes the information. This saves time in DraftSight because you don't have to manually model everything yourself.

Image tracer is an example of a power tool. It can be found on the Plugins tab under More Tools > Image Tracer. It's easy to install; all you need to do is unpack it and then double-click the .dcr file. Installing it will automatically place a shortcut on your desktop for you to use later if you need it in your workflow.

How to install the Image Tracer?

When you open the DraftSight software, you'll notice it has a blue toolbar near the top and a ribbon across the top. If you click on that toolbar, there will be an option for plugins. Click on that and then scroll down until you find "Image Tracer."

Click on "Image Tracer" to install it in your DraftSight software. This plugin is one of many tools available (we are only focusing on this one).

After installing the plugin in your DraftSight software, you'll notice there's now an extra bar at the bottom of your screen. There will also be a new icon at the top right corner of your ribbon that represents Image Tracer.

The 3 things you need to know about the Image tracer power tool

    • Convert raster images in .bmp, png, and .jpg formats into accurate and editable lines and curves in DWG files.
    • The images can range widely from floor plans to artistic logos saving massive time and tedious effort to manually retrieve and edit the image elements.
    • Image tracer feature is available in all versions except Draftsight standard.


    1. When you select the image tracer feature, it shows the property manager of it.
    2. Here you can select the profile type to convert as.
    3. Attach an image that wants to be converted as dwg
    4. In this case, I use the SOLIDWORKS logo, so selecting the type as logo
  • After selecting the type of profile, it prompts for selecting the image
  • Select the starts converting
  • You can use the transparency option to change the transparency of the image or you can use the hide image check box to hide the image
  • As a result, here is the logo of SOLIDWORKS. Using the join command, I can join the individual lines.


    Now that you know what the power tools in DraftSight are, you’re ready to start using them.

    The Image Tracer lets you take a picture of anything and automatically converts it into a traceable, editable 2D line drawing. This is easier than drawing it all by hand, and is a great way to reuse, cut, and paste.

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