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AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014: No Experience Required: Autodesk Official Press

Book Description

A step-by-step tutorial introduction to AutoCAD

As the only book to teach AutoCAD using a continuous tutorial which allows you to follow along sequentially or jump in at any exercise by downloading the drawing files, this Autodesk Official Press book is ideal for the AutoCAD novice. Industry expert and AutoCAD guru Donnie Gladfelter walks you through the powerful features of AutoCAD, provides you with a solid foundation of the basics, and shares the latest industry standards and techniques. The hands-on tutorial project inspired by real-world workflows that runs throughout the book helps you understand and apply the techniques and tools.

  • Introduces you to the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT interface, basic commands, and industry workflows

  • Builds upon the basics that are covered in order to gradually segue into more advanced features and skills, such as telling the story of your designs with annotation, generating elevations, and visualizing projects in 3D

  • Covers dimensioning, external references, layouts and printing, using 3D, and more

AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014: No Experience Required helps you quickly learn how to use AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT productively.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Publisher's Note
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Introduction
    1. What Will You Learn from This Book?
  7. Chapter 1: Getting to Know AutoCAD
    1. Starting AutoCAD
    2. Exploring the User Interface
    3. Putting the User Interface to Work
    4. Using the Toolbars
    5. Using the Keyboard
    6. Using the Mouse
    7. If You Would Like More Practice…
    8. Are You Experienced?
  8. Chapter 2: Learning Basic Commands to Get Started
    1. Using the Line Tool
    2. Drawing the Shape
    3. Completing the Shape
    4. If You Would Like More Practice…
    5. Are You Experienced?
  9. Chapter 3: Setting Up a Drawing
    1. Setting Up the Drawing Units
    2. Setting Up the Drawing Size
    3. Drawing with Grid and Snap
    4. Taking a Closer Look at Dynamic Input
    5. Saving Your Work
    6. Understanding AutoCAD Units
    7. Are You Experienced?
  10. Chapter 4: Developing Drawing Strategies: Part 1
    1. Laying Out the Walls
    2. Creating Doors
    3. If You Would Like More Practice…
    4. Are You Experienced?
  11. Chapter 5: Developing Drawing Strategies: Part 2
    1. Starting and Running Commands
    2. Drawing the Thresholds
    3. Drawing the Decks and Stairs
    4. Laying Out the Kitchen
    5. Constructing the Bathroom
    6. If You Would Like More Practice…
    7. Are You Experienced?
  12. Chapter 6: Using Layers to Organize Your Drawing
    1. Using Layers as an Organizing Tool
    2. Setting a Linetype Scale Factor
    3. Setting Properties of Layers and Objects
    4. Using the Action Recorder
    5. Creating Layer States
    6. If You Would Like More Practice…
    7. Are You Experienced?
  13. Chapter 7: Combining Objects into Blocks
    1. Making a Block for a Door
    2. Finding Blocks in a Drawing
    3. Inserting the Window Block
    4. Revising a Block
    5. Sharing Information between Drawings
    6. If You Would Like More Practice…
    7. Are You Experienced?
  14. Chapter 8: Controlling Text in a Drawing
    1. Setting Up Text Styles
    2. Using Annotative Text
    3. Using Multiline Text
    4. If You Would Like More Practice…
    5. Are You Experienced?
  15. Chapter 9: Using Dynamic Blocks and Tables
    1. Using Attributes for a Grid
    2. Setting Up Multiple Attributes in a Block
    3. Creating a Dynamic Block
    4. Creating a Table
    5. If You Would Like More Practice…
    6. Are You Experienced?
  16. Chapter 10: Generating Elevations
    1. Drawing the South Elevation
    2. Generating the Other Elevations
    3. Considering Drawing Scale Issues
    4. Drawing Interior Elevations
    5. If You Would Like More Practice…
    6. Are You Experienced?
  17. Chapter 11: Working with Hatches, Gradients, and Tool Palettes
    1. Hatching the South Elevation
    2. Using Hatches in the Floor Plan
    3. Modifying the Shape of Hatch Patterns
    4. Creating and Managing Tool Palettes
    5. If You Would Like More Practice…
    6. Are You Experienced?
  18. Chapter 12: Dimensioning a Drawing
    1. Introducing Dimension Styles
    2. Placing Dimensions on the Drawing
    3. Using Other Types of Dimensions
    4. Modifying Dimensions
    5. If You Would Like More Practice…
    6. Are You Experienced?
  19. Chapter 13: Managing External References
    1. Drawing a Site Plan
    2. Setting Up an External Reference
    3. Modifying an Xref Drawing
    4. Putting Xrefs to Use
    5. Exploring Additional Xref Features
    6. Exploring on Your Own
    7. If You Would Like More Practice…
    8. Are You Experienced?
  20. Chapter 14: Using Layouts to Set Up a Print
    1. Getting Ready
    2. Preparing the Title Block
    3. Setting Up a Sheet Template
    4. Creating Your First Plan Sheet
    5. Using Sheet Set Manager
    6. Setting Up Layouts
    7. Adjusting a Viewport’s Contents
    8. If You Would Like More Practice…
    9. Are You Experienced?
  21. Chapter 15: Printing a Drawing
    1. Using the Plot Dialog Box
    2. Applying Plot-Style Tables
    3. Printing a Drawing
    4. Viewing Plots in Design Review
    5. Printing a Drawing Using Layouts
    6. Going Forward
    7. If You Would Like More Practice…
    8. Are You Experienced?
  22. Chapter 16: Creating 3D Geometry
    1. Modeling in 3D
    2. Creating the Floor, Foundation, and Thresholds
    3. Getting Further Directions in 3D
    4. If You Would Like More Practice…
    5. Are You Experienced?
  23. Chapter 17: Rendering and Materials
    1. Creating Cameras to Reproduce Views
    2. Creating a Lighting Scheme
    3. Adding Materials
    4. If You Would Like More Practice…
    5. Are You Experienced?