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AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015: No Experience Required: Autodesk Official Press

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Learn AutoCAD by example with this tutorial-based guide from Autodesk Official Press

Whether you are just starting out or an experienced user wanting to brush up on your skills, this Autodesk Official Press book provides you with concise explanations, focused examples, and step-by-step instructions through a hands-on tutorial project that runs throughout the book. As you progress through the project, the book introduces you to the Microsoft Windows-based AutoCAD interface and then guides you through basic commands and creating drawings. A downloadable file is available from the website so that you can compare your work to the author's, and if necessary, start fresh with an intact drawing. Once you've completed the project, you will have proficiency in AutoCAD skills including:

  • Grouping, elevations, and hatches

  • Using text in drawings

  • Dimensioning

  • External references

  • Layouts and printing

  • Using 3D

  • Author Donnie Gladfelter (aka "The CAD Geek"), is a top-rated trainer at CADD Microsystems and has worked with the Autodesk development team to help shape the product features. He is an AutoCAD Mentor All Star and has been a popular speaker at Autodesk University for more than seven years.

    Table of Contents

    1. Titlepage
    2. Copyright
    3. Credits
    4. Dedication
    5. Publisher's Note
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. About the Author
    8. Introduction
    9. Chapter 1: Getting to Know AutoCAD for Windows
      1. Starting AutoCAD for Windows
      2. Exploring the User Interface
      3. Putting the User Interface to Work
      4. Using the Keyboard
      5. Using the Mouse
      6. If You Would Like More Practice…
      7. Are You Experienced?
    10. 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?
    11. 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?
    12. Chapter 4: Developing Drawing Strategies: Part 1
      1. Laying Out the Walls
      2. Creating Doors
      3. Reviewing Drawing Strategies Used in This Chapter
      4. If You Would Like More Practice…
      5. Are You Experienced?
    13. 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?
    14. 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. If You Would Like More Practice…
      6. Are You Experienced?
    15. 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?
    16. 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?
    17. 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?
    18. 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?
    19. 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?
    20. 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?
    21. 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?
    22. Chapter 14: Using Layouts to Set Up a Print
      1. Preparing the Title Block
      2. Setting Up a Sheet Template
      3. Finishing the Sheet Template
      4. Creating Plan Sheets
      5. Creating Elevation Sheets
      6. Using Sheet Set Manager
      7. If You Would Like More Practice…
      8. Are You Experienced?
    23. Chapter 15: Printing a Drawing
      1. Using the Plot Dialog Box
      2. Assigning Lineweights to a Drawing
      3. Plotting from Model Space
      4. Plotting a Drawing Using Layouts
      5. A Few Words about Plot Styles
      6. Going Forward
      7. If You Would Like More Practice…
      8. Are You Experienced?
    24. 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?
    25. 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?
    26. End-User License Agreement