AutoCAD tutorial 20: Convert line to polyline

While we are much more focusing on AutoCAD basics here, it is necessary to learn how you can convert LINE to Polyline and vice versa.

This might not make sense to you now now, but will surely come to handy when you will come to a point where you need to convert a line to a polyline. An example where this will be needed is when you are working on a project where you need to join a series of line to make it a single object and use the resulting polyline as a PATH.

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A concrete example:

Lets say we need to create a ARRAYPATH in AutoCAD, if we create our path using the LINE command, the path will be made of many line segments, To use this command you need to have all lines converted to a single object. You will then need to convert line to polyline.

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What is a Poyline (PLINE command)?

In AutoCAD, a Polyline is a single object that is composed of lines and/or arc segments.

How is a LINE different from a Polyline?

A Polyline is made of LINEs. It is not possible to select a segment of a Polyline without selecting the whole.

How to Convert Polyline to LINE

  • Polyline: 1
  • Lines: 2

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Converting a Polyline to a line is a very easy task. it goes like this:

  1. Select the Polyline
  2. Click on the Explode icon

and that is it.

How to convert LINE to Polyline

To convert LINE to Polyline, you need to use the PEDIT command, which makes it more complicated than doing the opposite operation.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Type PEDIT and Press ENTER
  2. Type M and Press Enter
  3. Select objects and Press Enter
  4. Press Enter
  5. Type J and Press Enter
  6. Press Enter
  7. Press Esc (Escape)

Here is how the command window looks at each step

Step 2

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Type M and Press Enter

Step 3

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Select objects and Press Enter

Step 4

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Press Enter

Step 5

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Type J and Press Enter

Step 6

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Press Enter

Step 7

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Press Esc

Hope it helped you. You might also be interested in learning how to convert SPLINE to Polyline.

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