How do I find my CTB folder?

How do I find my autocad CTB folder? How do I add a CTB file to autocad?!

I posted an Autodesk Help style post on the subject previously here, but for a more condensed version do as follows:

  • Open autocad.
  • This opens the folder location of your CTB files
  • Copy the desired CTB files into this folder
  • Restart autocad
  • Your available plot styles will now have your new CTB files

ctb folder

Jimmy Cauty’s Model Village Experience: The Aftermath Dislocation Principle

Bored of dystopian interzones?

Seen the destruction and mayhem?

Get ready for the utopian rebuild!


New Bedford Rising connected to the main section, via a suspension bridge, will be a massive construction site in the shape of the Tower of Babel. A spiral city where an immense solid gold pyramid is being built to usher in a new edenic era that the constabulary believe is imminent. New Bedford is rising from the wreckage; a paradise where policemen can roam free, living idyllic lives and raising their young in a crime free epoch of law and order, peace, and eternal bliss. Sponsored by Greggs and the Panacea Society.


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Submission Board 03

LSBU & Shell Hoarding Competition Entry 2015

The competition was to come up with a proposal for a section of temporary site hoarding. I decided to draw an abstract timeline highlighting events, people and buildings of the South Bank. I didn’t spend as much time on my entry as I should have, and not surprisingly I didn’t win..


Submission Board 01 Submission Board 02 Submission Board 03

Amsterdam by Frank Dresme

Psychogeographic Mapping

Psychogeographic mapping techniques and styles can produce dramatic visuals which give an understanding of an area, and can be great as part of site research. The work below of Frank Dresme and Guy Debord is very powerful, and of course very eye catching. This approach to mapping can be very playful, and can show just about any possible distraction that may take a pedestrian off a path. Pschogeographic Mapping has links to the Situationist International (SI) movement.

Paris by Guy Debord

Amsterdam by Frank Dresme

Amsterdam by Frank Dresme

Amsterdam by Frank Dresme

Amsterdam by Frank Dresme

Waterloo by Jamie Strong
Waterloo by Jamie Strong


Working with scales

Scale Factor Chart

Changing the scale of drawing can often be problematic, but using a simple chart like the one above, it is quite simple. If you are using software that scales using a factor of 1.0 as 100%, then simply adjust the figures above accordingly so for example, 10% is 0.1 and 200% is 2.0. Getting to grips with scales and moving between them takes a bit of practice, and I’ve found that when getting confused about the adjustment needed, writing down some basic calculations and figures often helps a great deal.

How do I insert an Excel spreadsheet into AutoCad?

Sometimes it can be very useful to have some additional data inside an AutoCAD drawing, so how do I insert an Excel spreadsheet into AutoCAD? It is pretty straightforward to set up and if done correctly, data that is inserted will automatically update when the original spreadsheet is updated within Excel.


Firstly, open the desired spreadsheet then select the data you want and copy it to clipboard.

In AutoCAD go to Edit > Paste Special

Inserting an excel spreadsheet into AutoCAD

In the dialog box, select Paste Link, then as Microsoft Office Excel Worksheet. If the radio bottom is grayed out and un-selectable, as below, then the data currently on the clipboard is unsuitable.

Inserting an excel spreadsheet into AutoCAD

Then click OK. The formatting of the original data should remain, and the data inserted will update inline with any updates made to the external Excel spreadsheet. This means that you won’t need to worry about updating two sets of documents if changes need to be made.


If you found this useful, why not check out some of my other AutoCAD posts?

How do I add a .CTB file to AutoCAD?

Free software for students

How to keep your XREF layers frozen


London 2012 Olympic Athlete Training Centre

10 great gyms from around the world

The range of fitness centres, gyms and other places to work out is incredibly vast. There are many people who cannot afford expensive equipment and gym memberships, who make do with what they can find around them. There are also people who will pay anything to receive the best equipment, service and surroundings. Below is a selection of rather unique places to do some exercise:

10. Muscle Beach, Venice, Ca.

Muscle Beach, Venice, Ca.

Known world wide, Muscle Beach is located on the beach in Santa Monica, and is partly responsible for the boom in physical fitness.


09. Hydropark Outdoor Gym, Kiev, Ukraine

Hydropark Outdoor Gym, Kiev, Ukraine

Another outdoor gym, although rather different to Venice Beach. The equipment in Hydropark Outdoor Gym looks like it has seen better days, most of it is from the Soviet era, but it still receives many visitors.


08. Beach Side Hut Gym, Dumaguete, Phillippines

Beach Side Hut Gym, Dumaguete, Phillippines

A simple space to work out, but offering a fantastic view.


07. EXOS (formerly Athletes Performance), Phoenix, AZ

EXOS, Phoenix, AZ

A vast centre frequented by professional athletes. The facilities are divided between training and recovery.


06. Peak Performance, NY, NY

Peak Performance, NY, NY

A huge gym in Manhattan, considered to be one of the top ten gyms in America.


05. Temple Gym, Birmingham, UK

Temple Gym, Birmingham, UK

It may not look like much, but this gym was founded by the legendary Dorian Yates.


04. Hotel ICON, Hong Kong

Hotel ICON, Hong Kong

A simple workout space, but a phenomenal view of the Hong Kong skyline.


03. London 2012 Olympic Athlete Training Centre

London 2012 Olympic Athlete Training Centre

The olympic athletes staying in London for the 2012 games needed the best facilities. Besides the free weights rooms pictured above, there was also a huge cardio centre and many social, games and relaxation rooms.


02. The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers, NY, NY

The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers, NY, NY

Another huge Manhattan gym. The facilities on offer here are some of the best available.


01. Gold’s Gym, Venice, Ca.

Gold's Gym, Venice, Ca.

The absolute Mecca of bodybuilding, Gold’s Gym!

XREF layers don’t stay frozen in AutoCAD? Simple..


When VISRETAIN is set to 0 the changes to xref-dependent layers are valid for the current session ONLY! Turn it to 1 to have the changes save.

Taken from AutoCAD help files:

0 – The layer table, as stored in the reference drawing (xref), takes precedence. Changes made to xref-dependent layers in the current drawing are valid in the current session only and are not saved with the drawing. When the current drawing is reopened, the layer table is reloaded from the reference drawing, and the current drawing reflects all of those layer property settings.

1 – Xref-dependent layer changes made in the current drawing take precedence. Layer settings are saved with the current drawing’s layer table and persist from session to session.

How do I add a .CTB file to AutoCad?

This is actually very easy and straight forward, if you know where to look…

Firstly, you need to locate your .ctb folder on your computer that AutoCad references.

Menu > Tools > Options
Menu > Tools > Options

To do this, select the Tools tab, then click options at the bottom of the list.

Now under the Printer Support File Path tab, click Plot Style Table Search Path.

Plot Styles
Plot Styles
This shows you the folder you need. Now all you need to do is copy your .ctb file into the folder and restart AutoCad. Please feel free to share this page amongst your friends and colleagues!


Is there a question you would like to ask about CTB files? Leave a comment below.
You can find a condensed, 2016 version of this post here.