Offset and Multiple Offset Constraints (Relative Construction Methods)

The Offset Constraint and Multiple Offset Constraint methods help you create elements offset from a reference line, using any tool that has a linear or polygonal input method.

1.Activate the tool with which you want to draw the new element.

2.Choose or activate the Offset command using one of the following methods:

the drop-down menu of the Drafting Aids toolbar


the Control Box

See Control Box.

3.Draw a reference line (e.g. parallel to an existing element). The cursor displays the offset or multiple offset icon.

Note: You can also create this reference line using the Magic Wand.

See Magic Wand.

4.A rubber band outline appears; drag the cursor to the final location of the new element.

5.If you are using the regular Offset command: Click once to place the element.

6.If you are using Multiple Offset: drag and click as many times as the number of elements you wish to place; double-click, or click Cancel in the Control Box, to place the final element.

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