How to Draw Electrical Diagrams
Start with a Circuit Diagram Template
Let's start by making a circuit diagram. To find a circuit diagram template, click on the Engineering & CAD category then Circuit Panels in SmartDraw's Template Browser. Open the template called "Basic Electrical". While you'll start with a blank page, you'll notice a wide range of electrical symbols docked in the SmartPanel to the left of your drawing area. These capacitors, inductors, switches, resisters, and more will make building your circuit diagram easier.
Drag a symbol from the docked library onto the line and it will automatically insert itself. . If you need to modify the symbol, you rotate it using the circular handle that appears when you select it or stretch it using the black handles around the symbol.
If you need more symbols, click on the Symbols tab and pull down the More menu. There are three different electrical symbol libraries already docked, but you can also search SmartDraw's entire symbol collection by clicking on More Symbols. If you find a library you want to add, click on Add Library. Keep adding as many libraries as you want. Close the search window when you're done to return to your drawing area.
Add an Annotation Layer
You can adda a scale-independent annotation layer to all electrical and engineering documents to help you enhance your drawings with additional information.
This annotation layer will automatically adjust its size and position as the drawing area (or paper size) changes. You can add the scale, author and other
information about the design in this layer just like the "page view" in a traditional CAD program.
To add an Annotation Layer, click Add Annotation Layer in your SmartPanel.