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.
Find More Symbols
Each template comes with a few relevant symbol libraries already docked. You can scroll through through them or use the carats (small black arrows to the right of the name)
to expand and collapse any library.
You can also drag libraries up and down the stack to reorder them.
If you need more symbols, click on Search symbols in blue at the top of the SmartPanel. This will open the Symbols tab with a search field where you can search for additional symbols in SmartDraw's extensive collection.
If you find a library or symbol sets you want to add, click on the three dots and choose either Add result or Add library. Or you can simply drag and drop from this view.
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.