Introduction xxv Chapter 1 Getting to Know AutoCAD 1 Starting AutoCAD 2 Accessing the Welcome Screen 2 Understanding the Customer Involvement Program 5 Exploring the User Interface 6 Using Standard Workspaces 8 Switching the Current Workspace 9 Putting the User Interface to Work 11 Using the Ribbon 13 Using File Tabs to Manage Drawings 18 Working in the Command-Line Interface 19 Understanding the Status Bar 22 Using the Application Menu 24 Using the Toolbars 28 Using the Keyboard 29 Using the Mouse 30 If You Would Like More Practice 31 Are You Experienced? 32 Now you can 32 Chapter 2 Learning Basic Commands to Get Started 33 Using the Line Tool 34 Using Coordinates 39 Using Relative Coordinates 43 Using the Direct Distance Method 45 Drawing the Shape 46 Using Relative Cartesian Coordinates 46 Erasing Lines 48 Controlling How the Selection Tools Are Displayed 48 Using Relative Polar Coordinates 50 Using Direct Input 50 Using the Offset Command 52 Using the FILLET Command 55 Completing the Shape 59 Offsetting Lines to Mark an Opening 59 Extending Lines 60 Trimming Lines 62 If You Would Like More Practice 66 Are You Experienced? 67 Now you can 67 Chapter 3 Setting Up a Drawing 69 Setting Up the Drawing Units 70 Setting Up the Drawing Size 75 Using the Grid 75 Setting Up Drawing Limits 79 Drawing with Grid and Snap 83 Taking a Closer Look at Dynamic Input 86 Saving Your Work 88 Saving Drawings to Your Hard Drive or Network Drive 89 Saving Drawings to Autodesk 360 Storage 92 Understanding AutoCAD Units 94 Exploring Options for Linear Units 94 Exploring Options for Angular Units 95 Are You Experienced? 96 Now you can 96 Chapter 4 Developing Drawing Strategies: Part 1 97 Laying Out the Walls 98 Creating Polylines from Existing Objects 99 Creating and Editing Polylines 102 Creating the Exterior Wall Lines 105 Creating the Interior Walls 108 Cutting Openings in the Walls 121 Creating Doors 131 Drawing Swinging Doors 132 Copying Objects 143 Mirroring Objects 145 Scaling the Bathroom Door 150 Drawing a Sliding Glass Door 152 Drawing the Bifold Doors 162 If You Would Like More Practice 169 An Alternative Sliding Glass Door 169 An Addition to the Cabin 170 Three Views of a Block 171 Are You Experienced? 173 Now you can 173 Chapter 5 Developing Drawing Strategies: Part 2 175 Starting and Running Commands 176 Drawing the Thresholds 178 Drawing the Front Threshold 179 Drawing the Back Threshold 184 Drawing the Decks and Stairs 187 Drawing the Front Deck 187 Drawing the Deck Posts 191 Drawing the Stairs 195 Mirroring the Post and Railing 197 Drawing the Back Deck and Stairs 201 Using Point Filters to Finish the Deck 207 Laying Out the Kitchen 210 Drawing the Counter 210 Drawing the Stove and Refrigerator 216 Completing the Stove with Parametrics 218 Drawing the Kitchen Sink 233 Constructing the Bathroom 236 Setting Running Object Snaps 237 Drawing a Shower Unit 238 Drawing the Bathroom Sink and Mirror 240 Positioning the Toilet and Shelves 244 Drawing the Hot Tub 248 If You Would Like More Practice 252 Drawing the Cabin Again 252 Drawing Something Else 252 Drawing Furniture for the Cabin 252 Drawing a Gasket 253 Drawing a Parking Lot 255 Are You Experienced? 257 Now you can 257 Chapter 6 Using Layers to Organize Your Drawing 259 Using Layers as an Organizing Tool 260 Setting Up Layers 262 Assigning Linetypes to Layers 276 Assigning Objects to Layers 282 Turning Off and Freezing Layers 298 Drawing the Headers 302 Drawing the Roof 306 Setting a Linetype Scale Factor 312 Drawing the Ridgeline 314 Using the Layer Walk Tool 315 Setting Properties of Layers and Objects 318 Assigning a Color or a Linetype to an Object Instead of a Layer 318 Making a Color or a Linetype Current 319 Using the Action Recorder 320 Creating Layer States 323 If You Would Like More Practice 328 Experimenting with Linetypes and Linetype Scales 328 Setting Up Layers for Your Own Trade or Profession 329 Are You Experienced? 329 Now you can 329 Chapter 7 Combining Objects into Blocks 331 Making a Block for a Door 332 Inserting the Door Block 340 Using Dynamic Blocks 345 Understanding and Using Groups 347 Finding Blocks in a Drawing 350 Using Grips to Detect a Block 350 Using the List Command to Detect a Block 351 Using the Properties Palette to Examine a Block 353 Creating a Window Block 355 Inserting the Window Block 360 Rotating a Block during Insertion 361 Using Snap Tracking to Set the Insertion Point 364 Changing a Block s Scale Factor by Using Object Properties 366 Finishing the Windows 368 Revising a Block 373 Sharing Information between Drawings 375 Dragging and Dropping between Two Open Drawings 376 Copying Objects between Drawings 379 Using the AutoCAD DesignCenter 380 Using Other Ways to Share Information between Drawings 387 If You Would Like More Practice 395 Are You Experienced? 397 Now you can 397 Chapter 8 Controlling Text in a Drawing 399 Setting Up Text Styles 400 Determining Text and Drawing Scale 400 Defining a Text Style for View Titles 402 Placing Titles of Views in the Drawing 406 Using Annotative Text 411 Defining an Annotative Text Style 411 Placing Room Labels in the Floor Plan 414 Using Text in a Grid 425 Creating a Border and Title Block 437 Using Multiline Text 454 Finishing the Title Block 454 Using Mtext for General Notes 458 Using the Spell-Check Feature 467 Exploring Other Aspects of Multiline Text 471 If You Would Like More Practice 476 Are You Experienced? 477 Now you can 477 Chapter 9 Using Dynamic Blocks and Tables 479 Using Attributes for a Grid 480 Defining Blocks with Attributes 485 Inserting Blocks with Attributes 487 Editing Attribute Text 490 Setting Up Multiple Attributes in a Block 491 Defining a Block with Multiple Attributes 496 Calculating Areas 498 Inserting the Room Information Block 502 Editing Attributes 507 Controlling the Visibility of Attributes 511 Exploring Other Uses for Attributes 515 Creating a Dynamic Block 516 Setting Up Parameters and Actions 517 Fine-Tuning the Dynamic Block with the Properties Palette 521 Inserting a Dynamic Block 525 Creating a Table 531 Defining a Table Style 531 Designing a Table 535 Adding Formulas to a Table 539 Creating Tables from Attributes 544 Modifying the Table Display 549 If You Would Like More Practice 552 Are You Experienced? 552 Now you can 552 Chapter 10 Generating Elevations 553 Drawing the South Elevation 554 Creating the South Elevation 555 Setting Up Lines for the Heights 556 Using Construction Lines to Project Elevation Points 559 Copying Objects by Using Grips 560 Trimming Lines in the Elevation 564 Assigning Elevation Layers 570 Drawing the Decks in Elevation 571 Generating the Other Elevations 587 Making the Opposite Elevation 588 Revising the New South Elevation 591 Making the Front and Back Elevations 598 Considering Drawing Scale Issues 609 Drawing Interior Elevations 610 If You Would Like More Practice 610 Are You Experienced? 612 Now you can 612 Chapter 11 Working with Hatches, Gradients, and Tool Palettes 613 Hatching the South Elevation 614 Looking at Hatch Patterns 618 Hatching the Rest of the South Elevation 620 Using Hatches in the Floor Plan 633 Creating the User-Defined Hatch Pattern 634 Controlling the Origin of the Hatch Pattern 636 Finishing the Hatches for the Floors 638 Modifying the Shape of Hatch Patterns 640 Creating and Managing Tool Palettes 642 Creating a New Tool Palette 642 Setting Up a Palette for Hatches 646 Creating a Palette for Commands 648 If You Would Like More Practice 650 Creating the Hatch Patterns for the Other Elevations 650 Creating Your Hatch Palette 652 Are You Experienced? 653 Now you can 653 Chapter 12 Dimensioning a Drawing 655 Introducing Dimension Styles 656 Preparing for Dimensioning 657 Making a New Dimension Style 659 Setting Up the Symbols And Arrows Tab 661 Making Changes in the Text Tab 662 Working with Settings on the Fit Tab 664 Setting Up the Primary Units Tab (Architectural) 665 Setting Up the Primary Units Tab (Metric) 667 Completing the Dimension Style Setup 668 Exploring the Alternate Units Tab 670 Exploring the Tolerances Tab 672 Placing Dimensions on the Drawing 678 Placing Horizontal Dimensions 678 Using the Dimension Continue Command 680 Using the Dimension Baseline Command 683 Setting Up Vertical Dimensions 684 Finishing the Dimensions 688 Using Other Types of Dimensions 689 Using Radial Dimensions 690 Adding a Diameter Dimension 691 Adding an Arc Length 692 Setting Up Parent and Child Dimensioning Styles 692 Using Aligned and Angular Dimensions 695 Using Ordinate Dimensions 697 Using Leader Lines 700 Modifying Dimensions 707 Editing Dimension Text Content 708 Moving Dimensions 711 Adjusting Space between Stacked Dimensions 713 Using Dimension Overrides 714 Dimensioning Short Distances 716 If You Would Like More Practice 720 Dimensioning the Garage Addition 720 Dimensioning to a Centerline 721 Completing Further Exercises 725 Are You Experienced? 725 Now you can 725 Chapter 13 Managing External References 727 Drawing a Site Plan 728 Using Surveyor s Units 729 Drawing the Driveway 733 Setting Up an External Reference 741 Using the External References Palette 741 Organizing the Drawing Objects 747 Moving and Rotating an Xref 748 Modifying an Xref Drawing 749 Modifying an Xref by Making It the Current Drawing 750 Modifying an Xref from within the Host Drawing 753 Adding an Image to a Drawing 759 Putting Xrefs to Use 762 Exploring Additional Xref Features 764 Setting the Xref Path 764 Changing Path Types 766 Binding Xrefs 768 Exploring on Your Own 770 If You Would Like More Practice 771 Building Architectural References 771 Comparing Reference Types 772 Are You Experienced? 772 Now you can 772 Chapter 14 Using Layouts to Set Up a Print 773 Getting Ready 774 Preparing the Title Block 774 Creating the Title Block Reference 775 Defining the Attributes 780 Making the Sheet Information Block 785 Setting Up a Sheet Template 787 Setting the Layout Parameters 789 Finishing the Sheet Template 793 Creating Your First Plan Sheet 799 Using Sheet Set Manager 802 Creating a New Sheet Set 802 Adding Existing Drawings to a Sheet Set 808 Creating Drawings with Sheet Set Manager 812 Setting Up Layouts 817 Referencing the Model 817 Creating the Paper Space Viewport 820 Setting the Viewport Scale 822 Copying the Layouts 825 Adjusting a Viewport s Contents 838 Setting the Linetype Scale 839 Managing the Floor Plan Sheet File 840 Managing the Elevations Sheet File 846 Setting Up the Site Plan Sheet 850 Defining a New Viewport Scale 852 Locking and Turning Off Viewports 855 If You Would Like More Practice 857 Are You Experienced? 858 Now you can 858 Chapter 15 Printing a Drawing 859 Using the Plot Dialog Box 860 Printer/Plotter 862 Paper Size and Number of Copies 863 Plot Area 863 Plot Scale 869 Plot Offset and Plot Options 870 The Expanded Plot Dialog Box 872 Applying Plot-Style Tables 874 Introducing Plot-Style Table Files 874 Understanding How Plot-Style Table Files Are Organized 876 Assigning Plot-Style Tables to Drawings 879 Printing a Drawing 885 Determining Lineweights for a Drawing 885 Setting Other Properties of Layers 891 Setting Up the Other Parameters for the Print 892 Previewing a Print 894 Viewing Plots in Design Review 896 Printing a Drawing Using Layouts 898 Updating Model File Layer Properties in Sheet Files 898 Plotting a Single Layout 901 Printing a Drawing with Multiple Viewports 903 Printing with a Large-Format Printer 903 Publishing Multiple Layouts 905 Publishing with Sheet Set Manager 907 Going Forward 910 If You Would Like More Practice 911 Are You Experienced? 912 Now you can 912 Chapter 16 Creating 3D Geometry 913 Modeling in 3D 914 Setting Up the 3D Workspace and Environment 914 Making the Walls 919 Creating the Door and Window Block-Outs 924 Moving and Rotating in 3D 928 Using the First Right-Hand Rule 929 Cutting the Openings 933 Creating the Floor, Foundation, and Thresholds 935 Creating the Foundation and Supports 937 Building the Windows 939 Navigating with the ViewCube 954 Adding the Sliding Door 956 Building the Decks 960 Putting a Roof on the Cabin 979 Getting Further Directions in 3D 993 Using Other Solid-Modeling Tools 993 Using Mesh-Modeling Tools 996 Using Surface-Modeling Tools 997 If You Would Like More Practice 999 Are You Experienced? 1000 Now you can 1000 Chapter 17 Rendering and Materials 1001 Creating Cameras to Reproduce Views 1002 Using the Loft Tool 1002 Creating the Cameras 1007 Creating a Lighting Scheme 1011 Creating a Light Source 1011 Enabling Shadows 1014 Creating the First Render 1016 Controlling the Background of the Rendering 1020 Adding Materials 1023 Adjusting the Material Mapping 1028 Rendering to a File 1033 If You Would Like More Practice 1037 Are You Experienced? 1037 Now you can 1037 Index 1039
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