## Brian C. Benton

Language: English

Pages: 1080

ISBN: 1118862082

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The ultimate reference and tutorial for AutoCAD software

This Autodesk Official Press book employs concise explanations, focused examples, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects to help you master both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. This detailed guide works well as both a tutorial and stand-alone reference, and is the perfect resource regardless of your level of expertise.

• Part I introduces the basics of the interface and drafting tools
• Part II moves into such intermediate skills as effectively using hatches, fields, and tables
• Part III details such advanced skills as attributes, dynamic blocks, drawing curves and solid fills
• Part IV explores 3D modeling and imaging
• Part V discusses customization and integration

The supporting website includes all the project files necessary for the tutorials as well as video tutorials and other bonus content.

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title bars Tool name Description/tutorial Keyboard command equivalent Context-sensitive help If you see only the Ribbon tabs, click the arrowhead button in the Ribbon Control tool. If you don’t even see the tabs, type Ribbon↵. Move the arrow cursor onto one of the Ribbon panel tools and leave it there for a moment; you’ll see a tool tip appear just below the cursor. Hold the cursor there a bit longer and the tool tip changes to give you even more information about the tool. In most cases,

last deleted set of objects without having to undo a series of commands. The Imperial and metric distances aren’t equivalent in the exercises in this chapter. For example, 3 units in the Imperial-based drawing aren’t equal to 9 metric units. These distances are arbitrary and based on how they appear in the figures in this chapter. Specifying Polar Coordinates To enter the exact distance of 3 (or 9 metric) units to the right of the last point you selected, do the following: 1. Click the Line

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Putting on the Finishing Touches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Aligning Objects by Using Object Snap Tracking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Using the AutoCAD Modes as Drafting Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Using Grid Mode as a Background Grid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

window.) You can also right-click the title bar on the side of the Properties palette and then choose Close from the context menu. 7. You’re finished with the door drawing, so choose Close from the Application menu. 8. In the AutoCAD dialog box, click the No button. (You’ve already saved this file just as you want it, so you don’t need to save it again.) In many cases, you can open the Properties palette by double-clicking an object. Some objects, however, display a dialog box to allow you

. . . . . . . . . . . Plotter and Printer Hardware Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Understanding Your Plotter’s Limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knowing Your Plotter’s Origins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Bottom Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .