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AutoCAD 2014 Essentials

Learn crucial AutoCAD tools and techniques with this Autodesk Official Press Book Quickly become productive using AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 with this full color Autodesk Official Press guide. This unique learning resource features concise, straightforward explanations and real-world, hands-on exercises and tutorials. Following a quick discussion of concepts and goals, each chapter moves on to an approachable hands-on exercise designed to reinforce real-world tactics and techniques. Compelling, full-color screenshots illustrate tutorial steps, and chapters conclude with related and more open-ended projects to further reinforce the chapter's lessons. Starting and ending files for the exercises are also available for download, so you can compare your results with those of professionals. You'll follow a workflow-based approach that mirrors the development of projects in the real world, learning 2D drawing skills, editing entities, working with splines and polylines, using layers and objects, creating and editing text, dimensioning, modeling in 3D, and much more. * Hands-on exercises and their downloadable tutorial files are based on the real-world task of drawing a house * Covers crucial features and techniques, including 2D drawing working with layers, organizing objects with groups and blocks, using hatch patterns and gradients, using constraints and layouts, importing data, 3D modeling, and * Includes content to help prepare you for Autodesk's AutoCAD certification program AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 Essentials is the Autodesk Official Press guide that helps you quickly and confidently learn the newest version of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Get ting Started 1 Chapter 2 Basic Drawing Skills 15 Chapter 3 Using Drawing Aids 41 Chapter 4 Editing Entities 57 Chapter 5 Shaping Curves 85 Chapter 6 Controlling Object Visibility and Appearance 105 Chapter 7 Organizing Objects 129 Chapter 8 Hatching and Gradients 153 Chapter 9 Working with Blocks and Xrefs 171 Chapter 10 Creating and Editing Text 193 Chapter 11 Dimensioning 207 Chapter 12 Keeping In Control with Constraints 227 Chapter 13 Working with Layouts and Annotative Objects 241 Chapter 14 Printing and Plotting 263 Chapter 15 Working with Data 289 Chapter 16 Navigating 3D Models 317 Chapter 17 Modeling in 3D 337 Chapter 18 Presenting and Documenting 3D Design 365 Appendix Autodesk AutoCAD 2014 Certif ication 389 Index 397

About the Author

Scott Onstott is a consultant, lecturer, author, and independent video producer with 15 years of experience teaching and writing about architectural and design visualization software. He is the author of the two previous editions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Essentials and Enhancing Architectural Drawings and Models with Photoshop, and coauthor of AutoCAD: Professional Tips and Techniques.


The book provides a useful introduction to AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for the novice or experienced draughtsperson embarking on the use of AutoCAD 2014. (The Structural Engineer, February 2014).

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