Adding Images to Engineering Drawings Made Simple

Written By: Tiffany Bailey

Documenting a design and communicating design intent on an engineering drawing often requires you to insert images into your drawing sheet.

These could be image files representing engineering calculation results, diagrams, rendered model images, photos, or any other information captured in an image file.


2D drawing with image files added.

Now, it’s easy to import those image files directly into a 2D drawing using Creo 4. In fact, if you’ve ever imported a picture to a PowerPoint slide or a Word document, you mostly already know how to do it.

Here are the steps:

  1. Click Layout > Images.
  2. Click Import.
  3. Locate the image file, select it, and click Open.
  4. Drag the image to where you want it placed on the drawing.
  5. If desired, adjust the image’s scale, rotation, and/or transparency.

That’s it! The imported image file becomes part of the drawing. And note, the system doesn’t require object linking and embedding (OLE). 

Import common formats like JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP, as well as PTC image formats or Creo Sketch files.  

Super simple, right? You probably don’t need it, but here’s a short video demo:

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About the Author

Tiffany Bailey

Tiffany Bailey has nearly 10 years of experience as a technical writer/editor. And over 2 years of experience writing about mechanical engineering and 3D CAD. Her work spans topics like additive manufacturing, simulation, IoT, robotics, SaaS and enterprise security. She especially enjoys interviewing product managers, customers, and thought leaders to uncover new ideas and innovations.