CLIPIT (Express Tool)

Clips xrefs or images with lines and curves.


Provides a way to clip specified portions of blocks, xref drawings, images, and wipeout objects, by clipping or removing the display of all other objects with a polyline, circle, arc, ellipse, text, mtext, or attribute definition. With the CLIPIT tool, you can use arcs, circles, or polylines to define clipping boundaries for blocks, xrefs, images, and wipeouts.

CLIPIT makes clipping to curved boundaries possible by traversing arc segments with a series of short straight segments. You control the precision with which it traverses arc segments by specifying the maximum distance between the midpoint of any given segment and the arc:

Entering a large error value results in fewer segments and faster performance, but arcs appear less smooth. Conversely, entering a very small value results in smooth clipping along arcs, but places more of a processing burden during regeneration.

Tip: To increase performance, enter relatively large values at the prompt Enter Max Error Distance for Resolution of Arcs while creating your drawing. When you are ready to plot your drawing, use CLIPIT again and specify a small error value for arc resolution at the CLIPIT prompt.


Draw a polyline, a circle, or an arc, and clip a portion of an externally referenced floor plan.

Select a circle as the clipping boundary:

Select the xref:

The xref is clipped with a circle as the clipping boundary: