Have you ever tried to ‘Bind’ an image file to your DWG file and been told “you can’t do that with Images”, or done what most people do by using the IMAGEATTACH command to add an image file to your drawing such as a company logo in your title block??

The problem with this method is if you send the DWG to a recipient without sending the associated image file then of course they will not see the image when they open the DWG file at their end which is frustrating to both parties.  Yes if you use methods such as eTransmit, or make sure you send both the DWG and the image file, and the recipient saves both files to the same location at their end things will work and display properly but it’s still a hassle.


Well you may then be pleased to know it is actually possible to make an image file permanently part of your DWG file meaning you only need to send the DWG file and it is very simple to do!  The following steps outline the process to go through.

  • Save image file itself (tiff/jpeg/bmp etc) somewhere on your network or local hard drive as normal.
  • Open the Image file itself in an editing programme such as Windows ‘Paint’ that comes as part of windows operating system by default.  To do this either go Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint then browse to the image file and open it, OR using Windows Explorer browse to the Image File > right click on it > select Open With > select Paint



  • Once image file is open in Paint > on your keyboard ‘Ctrl + A’ together (shortcut to Select All) > then press ‘Ctrl + C’ (shortcut for Copy to Clipboard)
  • Open your Autocad file that image needs to go into
  • In command line type PASTESPEC > press ENTER
  • A dialog box will pop up > select ‘Paintbrush Picture’ > click OK
  • Click anywhere in your drawing to place the image file.  Once placed you can then re-position and scale image etc within Autocad as you normally would but the difference now is that the image file is not ‘attached’ to the drawing, it is permanently part of the drawing no matter who you send it to and it will always display when they open the DWG.
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