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Get started using AutoCAD now with this concise course taught by a leading AutoCAD expert.
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Last updated 7/2013
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What Will I Learn?
Understand how tools are organized
Create simple 2D objects such as lines, arcs, and circles
Control drafting settings
Manage layers
Control object properties
Work with complex objects such as polylines
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Requirements
  • No prior AutoCAD experience required. A copy of AutoCAD (including the free 30-trial version downloadable from the Autodesk website) is needed if you want to open sample drawings and follow along with lessons and demonstrations.
Description

This course covers all of the essential skills you'll need to get up to speed with AutoCAD. Each lesson includes a complete video tutorial you can watch, pause, rewind, and watch again as the instructor explains the basics of the world's leading computer aided design software.

In just over 3.5 hours, you'll be able to open and save drawing files, create basic geometry, manage drawing layers, and control object properties. Most lessons include actual AutoCAD drawing files that you can download and load into your copy of AutoCAD so that you can follow along as the instructor demonstrates various concepts.

This course includes more than 50 lessons totaling 3.5 hours of video lectures, plus materials you can download and online quizzes.

If you want to learn AutoCAD, this is the course for you.

Note: This course is based on AutoCAD 2014 but can be used to learn other versions as well.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in learning to use AutoCAD (no prior experience required)
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Getting Started with AutoCAD
15 Lectures 54:34
This document provides a general course introduction as well as an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 1 and also explains some important aspects of the course, including how to download and use the AutoCAD drawing files.

This first section takes you on a tour of AutoCAD and provides an overview of the AutoCAD user interface, how to start commands, and how to open and save drawings. As you will see, there are many different ways to accomplish similar tasks in AutoCAD. As you become more familiar with the program, you will find the method that works best for you.

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Once you have started AutoCAD, you will see the AutoCAD application window. This lesson will take you on a quick tour so that you can become familiar with how that window is organized.
Preview 05:37

The Application Menu is located in the upper-left corner of the AutoCAD window. This lesson will describe the tools you'll find here for doing things such as creating a new drawing file, opening an existing drawing, and saving drawings as well as printing, sending drawing files, and using various drawing utilities.
Using the Application Menu
04:52

The Quick Access toolbar is a handy way to access commands quickly and easily. This lesson describes the tools already located in the Quick Access toolbar and also explains how you can add and remove tools.
Using the Quick Access Toolbar
03:29

The ribbon is the primary interface component used to access commands and features in AutoCAD. This lesson describes the major components of the ribbon and how to access tools using the ribbon.
Understanding Ribbon Fundamentals
01:41

The Drawing Aid Tools are located on the left side of the Status bar, at the bottom of the AutoCAD window. The tools found here help ensure that you draw accurately when using AutoCAD. This lesson explains how to access those tools.
Introducing the Drawing Aid Tools
03:46

The drawing window is where you view your drawing, create new geometry, and modify existing geometry. This lesson describes how to work within the drawing window.
Working Within the Drawing Window
01:16

The drawing window is actually made up of two different types of work environments: model space and paper space. These spaces are represented by the Model and Layout tabs, which appear at the bottom of the drawing window. This lesson describes these two environments and how to work within each to create your drawings.
Understanding Model and Layout Tabs
03:23

The Drawing File Tabs provide a fast and visual way to switch between open drawings or to create new ones. This lesson explains how to use this powerful new AutoCAD feature.
Understanding File Tabs
04:52

Many long-time AutoCAD users find that it's often faster to start commands by typing. When you type a command on the command line, the program automatically completes the entry. In this lesson, you'll learn how to leverage the power of the command line to work faster and more efficiently in AutoCAD.
Preview 05:15

A template file is an AutoCAD drawing file with a DWT file extension. AutoCAD comes with a number of pre-defined template files that have various settings - such as layers, linetypes, and drawing units - already established for particular types of drawings. In this lesson, you will learn how to use a template file to start a new drawing.
Starting a New Drawing from a Template File
03:01

When you start a new drawing, one of the first things you should do is save the drawing. In this lesson, you will learn how to save your current drawing and then save changes that you have made after working on the drawing for a while.
Saving Drawings Using SAVE and QSAVE
02:32

The in-canvas viewport controls provide access to pre-configured and customized viewports as well as other viewport settings. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use those in-canvas viewport controls to divide the drawing window into multiple viewports, switch to different 3D orientations, and change the visual style used to display your drawing.
Understanding the In-Canvas Viewport Controls
03:16

When working in AutoCAD, you will often need to pan and zoom or change the 3D orientation of your drawing. The Navigation bar provides a handy way to access all of these drawing navigation tools in one location.
Understanding the Navigation Bar
05:20

When you draw in AutoCAD, every drawing object is located based on its x,y,z-coordinates in a Cartesian coordinate system. The UCS icon, or user coordinate system icon, shows you the direction of the Cartesian coordinate system axes. In this lesson, you will learn how to use and control the UCS icon so that you can draw accurately using AutoCAD.
Understanding the UCS Icon
06:14

Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.

Section Review: Getting Started with AutoCAD
9 questions
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Creating Simple 2D Objects
16 Lectures 57:58
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 2.

Every AutoCAD drawing is composed of objects, most of them simple two-dimensional objects. This section explains how to create simple object, such as lines, arcs, circles, and rectangles. As you will see, most drawing commands present several different ways to create an object, as well as numerous options. You will also learn how to select objects so that you can modify them.

In this section, you will learn:
  • How to draw lines using the command line, dynamic input, and the right-click menu
  • How to repeat the last command you used
  • How to draw rectangles
  • How to use the Undo and Redo commands
  • How to draw circles
  • How to draw arcs
  • How to select objects by picking and using selection and crossing windows
  • How to use implied object selection

Remember some lessons include AutoCAD drawing files that you can download using the link in the Downloadable Materials area to the right of that lesson. You can also download a free trial version of AutoCAD 2014 from the Autodesk website (see the link in the introduction to Section 1). And be sure to take the quiz at the end of this section to test what you have learned.

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Lines are the most basic object you can create in AutoCAD. In this lesson, you will learn how to create lines and use the options presented on the command line to control the creation of those lines.
Drawing Lines Using the Command Line
03:51

When you create lines, in addition to the prompts on the command line, you can use dynamic input, a drawing aid that appears directly alongside your cursor, to quickly select options without having to take your eyes off the drawing.
Drawing Lines Using Dynamic Input
03:12

When a command is active, you can select from available command options by right-clicking to display a shortcut menu. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use that shortcut menu in conjunction with the LINE command.
Drawing Lines Using the Right-Click Menu
02:10

Being able to repeat a command is quite useful, because you will often find yourself doing the same thing multiple times. In this lesson, you will learn various methods for repeating commands.
Repeating the Last Command
04:01

Almost all commands have what are known as command options. An option is simply a choice that you can make while using the command. In this lesson, you will learn how to recognize when options are available and how to choose the desired option.
Understanding Command Option
03:42

Rectangles are another common type of object you can create. In this lesson, you will learn how to create basic rectangles and control their precise size as you create them.
Drawing Rectangles
03:38

UNDO and REDO are two complimentary commands that can be quite helpful when working in AutoCAD. In this lesson, you will learn how to use these commands to reverse previous actions, as well as certain restrictions that apply when using these commands.
Using the Undo and Redo Commands
03:44

Circles represent another very basic object you will often create in AutoCAD. The program provides a number of different methods you can use when creating circles. In this lesson, you will learn how to create circles using the two most often-used methods.
Drawing Circles Using Radius and Diameter
06:10

In this lesson, you will learn two additional methods often used to create circles. The lessons illustrates how to create a circle passing through two points and a circle passing through three points.
Drawing 2 Point and 3 Point Circles
03:54

This lesson demonstrates two additional methods you can use to create circles that are tangent to existing objects.
Drawing Circles Using the TTR and TTT Options
04:46

An arc is another one of the most basic objects you can create in AutoCAD and there are quite a number of different methods you can use to create arcs. In this lesson, you will learn the basic methods used to create arcs.
Drawing Arcs
03:25

There are actually 11 different methods you can use to create arcs. But don't worry if that seems a bit daunting at first. Most are simply variations of the same methods. In this lesson, you will learn several ways to create an arc that passes through three specified points.
Drawing Arcs by Specifying 3 Points
04:38

In order to modify the objects you create in AutoCAD, you will need to understand how to select existing objects. This lesson introduces you to the most basic editing command, the ERASE command, and explains how to erase objects by picking them.
Erasing Objects by Picking
02:56

In addition to simply picking objects, you can also use a window or crossing window to select the objects you want to modify. In this lesson, you will learn the difference between these two methods and how to quickly switch between them.
Selecting Objects by Window and Crossing
05:06

It is sometimes easier to select objects before you actually start a command. In this lesson, you will learn that if you select objects before actually starting a command, you can use a select method known as implied selection.
Preview 02:45

Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.

Section Review: Creating Simple 2D Objects
11 questions
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Controlling Drafting Settings
9 Lectures 38:38
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 3.

Every point in an AutoCAD drawing is identified by its X,Y coordinates. In this section, you will learn about AutoCAD’s coordinate system, drawing units, and angle measurements. You will also learn about tools such as object snap, that enable you to draw accurately when using AutoCAD.

In this section, you will learn:
  • How to locate points using Cartesian coordinates
  • How to use absolute and relative coordinates
  • How to control drawing units and angles of measurement
  • How to draw precisely by using direct distance entry and dynamic input
  • How to snap to geometry using object snap
  • How to override existing object snap modes
Remember some lessons include AutoCAD drawing files that you can download using the link in the Downloadable Materials area to the right of that lesson. You can also download a free trial version of AutoCAD 2014 from the Autodesk website (see the link in the introduction to Section 1). And be sure to take the quiz at the end of this section to test what you have learned.

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Like most CAD programs, AutoCAD uses a Cartesian coordinate system to identify the location of points in two- and three-dimensional space, and in order to draw accurately you need to understand how to work within this coordinate system.
Understanding Coordinate System Concepts
03:16

Whenever AutoCAD asks you to specify a point in space, you can do so in one of two ways. In this lesson you will learn that you can either pick the point in space or you can type in the exact or absolute coordinates of the point.
Using Absolute Coordinates
04:00

A relative coordinate allows you to specify an X- and Y- distance relative to the last point you picked in space. In this lesson, you will learn that using relative coordinates is often much easier and more convenient than entering absolute coordinates.
Using Relative Coordinates
04:45

Drawing units are a critical aspect of initially setting up any drawing or project, because the drawing units determine the values, the number of decimal places, how angles are measured, and their accuracy as you work on the drawing. In this lesson, you will learn how to control drawing units and angle measurements.
Understanding Drawing Units and Angle Measurements
04:31

Direct distance entry is a simple but powerful technique that enables you to simply type a length or distance when creating geometry. In this lesson, you will learn how to use direct distance entry and dynamic input, which are often even easier than using relative or absolute coordinates.
Using Direct Distance Entry and Dynamic Input
04:38

Object snaps are powerful drawing aids. They ensure that when you create or modify geometry, that it is created or edited accurately. In this lesson, you will learn how to use and control object snaps and why they are crucial to creating drawings using AutoCAD.
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Running object snap modes ensure that whenever the cursor is placed near a particular type of object, the cursor will search and try to find that snap type on the geometry. In this lesson, you will learn how to enable appropriate running object snaps as you work on your drawings.
Understanding Running Object Snaps
06:53

An object snap override is simply an object snap that overrides, or supersedes any running object snap modes that you currently have set. In this lesson, you will learn how and when to use object snap overrides to guarantee the accuracy of your drawings.
Using the Object Snap Overrides
07:35

Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.

Section Review: Controlling Drafting Settings
5 questions
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Managing Layers
9 Lectures 27:37
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 4.

AutoCAD helps you to organize information in your drawings for greater efficiency. For example, you can draw object representing different types of information on various layers and then use those layers to control the visibility as well as the color and linetype of those objects. In this section, you will learn how to create and manage layers and layer settings.

In this section, you will learn:
  • How to establish the current layer
  • How to control the visibility of objects by using layers
  • How to set the color assigned to each layer
  • How to use the Layer Properties Manager palette
  • How to control the linetype of a layer
  • How to freeze and thaw layers on a per-viewport basis
  • How to create new layers

Remember some lessons include AutoCAD drawing files that you can download using the link in the Downloadable Materials area to the right of that lesson. You can also download a free trial version of AutoCAD 2014 from the Autodesk website (see the link in the introduction to Section 1). And be sure to take the quiz at the end of this section to test what you have learned.

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Layers are a powerful and fundamental tool that you will use in AutoCAD every day, regardless of the type of drawing project or file that you are working in. This lessons introduces many basic layer concepts and explains why controlling layers is so important.
Introducing Layer Concepts
03:32

Layers are a fundamental tool that you use to help you organize the objects in your drawing. You can have as many layers in a drawing as you need, but only one layer can be current, or the top layer, at a time. In this lesson,you will learn how to control the current layer.
Establishing the Current Layer
03:20

You use layers to organize information in your drawings in a logical form so that you can control the visibility of objects that you want to see and not see at any particular time. In this lesson, you will learn how to turn selected layers on and off.
Understanding the On and Off Layer States
02:48

You can control the color assigned to a layer so that you can use different colors to help distinguish which objects are on which layers. In this lesson, you will learn how to control the color assigned to each layer.
Controlling the Layer Color
02:43

In addition to the Layer drop down in the Layers panel on the Home ribbon, you can also control layer states and layer settings by using the Layer Properties Manager. In this lesson, you will learn how to display and use the various tools in the Layer Properties Manager.
Introducing the Layer Properties Manager Palette
05:22

Linetypes enable you to create objects in AutoCAD that utilize different line patterns, including lines with dashes, dots, and even text and symbols as part of the line. In this lesson, you will learn how to control the linetypes of objects by adjusting the linetype assigned to the layer on which the objects are drawn.
Controlling the Linetype of a Layer
04:05

You can freeze or thaw layers in specific layout viewports without affecting other viewports. In this lesson, you will learn how to use this feature so that you can have different information displayed in each viewport in a drawing.
Controlling the Viewport Freeze Layer State
02:46

When you begin working on a drawing, it will always have a Layer 0. Depending on the template used to start the drawing, it may already contain other layers as well. But you may find that you need to add additional layers. In this lesson, you will learn how to create new layers using the Layer Properties Manager palette.
Creating a New Layer
03:01

Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
Section Review: Managing Layers
3 questions
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Controlling Object Properties
8 Lectures 27:11
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 5.

Each object you draw in AutoCAD has certain properties, such as color, linetype, lineweight, and so on. In this section, you will learn how to control and modify those object properties using tools in the ribbon as well as the Properties and Quick Properties palettes.

In this section, you will learn:
  • How to create objects that take on the color assigned to the layer on which they are created
  • How to set the linetype of objects to that of their layer
  • How to control the line weight assigned to objects
  • How to modify the properties of objects by using the Property panel and Layer panel
  • How to change object properties using the Quick Property palette
  • How to change object properties using the Properties palette
Remember some lessons include AutoCAD drawing files that you can download using the link in the Downloadable Materials area to the right of that lesson. You can also download a free trial version of AutoCAD 2014 from the Autodesk website (see the link in the introduction to Section 1). And be sure to take the quiz at the end of this section to test what you have learned.

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When you create objects in AutoCAD, it is important to distinguish how the object’s properties are assigned. In this lesson, you will learn how to use tools in the Properties panel to determine the properties for new object that you create.
Understanding ByLayer and Object Property Concepts
02:03

Objects in AutoCAD, such as lines, arcs, circles, and other geometry, can have color assigned to them in one of two ways. In this lesson, you will learn the difference between objects that have colors assigned based on the color of the layer on which they are created and those that simply have a color assigned to them.
Setting the Color ByLayer
01:46

Objects created in AutoCAD—such as lines, arcs, circles, and other geometry—can have a linetype assigned to them in one of two ways. In this lesson, you will learn the important difference betrween objects that have their linetype assigned based on the linetype of the layer on which they are created and those that simply have a linetype assigned to them.
Setting the Linetype ByLayer
03:07

Lineweight makes objects appear with thick or bold lines. Objects created in AutoCAD—such as lines, arcs, circles, and other geometry—can have lineweight assigned to them in one of two ways. In this lesson, you will learn the important difference between objects that have their lineweight assigned based on the lineweight of the layer on which they are created and those that simply have a lineweight assigned to them.
Setting the Lineweight ByLayer
05:20

It is not uncommon to create an object and then discover later that the object was created on the wrong layer or with the wrong color or the wrong linetype or with the wrong lineweight. In this lesson, you will learn how to modify the properties of objects using the Property panel and the Layer panel. 
Modifying Properties Using the Property Panel and Layer Panel
03:27

If you create an object on the wrong layer or with the wrong color or the wrong linetype, you can change its properties a couple of different ways. In this lesson, you will learn how to change the properties of objects using the Quick Property palette.
Modifying Properties Using the Quick Property Palette
04:30

If you create an object on the wrong layer or with the wrong color or the wrong linetype, you can change its properties several different ways. In this lesson, you will learn how to change the properties of an object by using the Properties palette.
Modifying Properties Using the Properties Palette
06:58

Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
Section Review: Controlling Object Properties
4 questions
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Working with Complex Objects
10 Lectures 24:22
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 6.

In addition to the simple 2D objects you learned about in Chapter 2, AutoCAD includes a more complex object called a polyline, a single object that can be comprised of a series of line and arc segments. In this section, you will learn how to create and modify this very powerful all-purpose object.

In this section, you will learn:
  • How to draw simple straight-line polylines
  • How to draw polylines that include both lines and arcs
  • How to create polylines whose width varies along each segment
  • How to create useful shapes using polylines
  • How to edit polylines
  • How to join segments to create polylines
  • How to convert existing lines into polylines
Remember some lessons include AutoCAD drawing files that you can download using the link in the Downloadable Materials area to the right of that lesson. You can also download a free trial version of AutoCAD 2014 from the Autodesk website (see the link in the introduction to Section 1). And be sure to take the quiz at the end of this section to test what you have learned.

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A polyline is a complex object that consists of a sequence of segments created as a single object. In this lesson, you will learn about the unique properties of polylines that make them different than other types of objects you create in AutoCAD.
Understanding Polyline Property Concepts
01:30

In this lesson, you will learn how to create a polyline as a series of straight line segments.
Drawing Polyline Line Segments
02:48

In this lesson, you will learn how to create polylines as a series of poly arcs or arc segments.
Drawing Polyline Arc Segments
03:17

One of the more powerful features of polylines is to be able to control the width of the polyline on a per-segment basis. In this lesson, you will learn how to create polylines whose width varies over the length of each polyline segment.
Drawing Polylines with Variable Width
03:55

You can also use polyline options in combination to create very interesting and useful shapes. In this lesson, you will learn how to use polyline options in combination.
Drawing Polylines Using Option Combinations
03:04

Because a polyline is a unique type of object—a single object that can be made up of lines and arc segments and each segment can have its own width—there is a separate special command for modifying polylines. In this lesson, you will learn how to use that command to modify polylines.
Editing Polylines Using the Close and Open Options
02:07

There may be times when you are unable to create a continuous closed polyline in a single sequence of clicks and picks. In this lesson, you will learn how to join selected individual polylines to create one continuous polyline object.
Editing Polylines to Join Selected Segments
02:37

In this lesson, you will learn how to convert existing lines and arcs into a single polyline object that can then be edited as a single object.
Converting Lines into Polylines
05:04

Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
Section Review: Working with Complex Objects
3 questions

This document provides a wrap-up at the end of the course and recommends resources you can use for continuing your AutoCAD training.

If you have reached this point, that means that you have completed all of the lectures in this course, Learning AutoCAD 2014 Drawing Essentials – Revealed!

Congratulations. What are your next steps?

You have learned the essential drawing skills you need to know in order to start using AutoCAD. But as you may imagine, there is a lot more to learn about AutoCAD if you want to truly master the software.

We suggest that you go on to the next course in the series:

Learning AutoCAD 2014 Editing Essentials – Revealed!

That course covers the important editing techniques you need to learn in order to become proficient with AutoCAD. In it, you will learn:

  • How to create annotation objects such as text and hatch patterns
  • How to move and copy existing drawing objects
  • How to modify existing objects to change their size and shape
  • How to use grips to modify objects without even having to start a command
  • How to add dimensions
  • How to print your drawings at the desired size and scale

Learning AutoCAD 2014 Editing Essentials – Revealed! is organized much like the course you just completed. I hope that you will continue your AutoCAD training by taking this next course in the series.

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David is the Technical Publishing Manager at 4D Technologies, where he develops the CADLearning courses and eBooks for AutoCAD and other Autodesk products. He has more than 25 years of hands-on experience with AutoCAD and more than 12 years with Revit as a user, developer, author and consultant and is both an AutoCAD and Revit Certified Professional. A contributing editor to Desktop Engineering magazine, he is also the former senior editor of CADalyst magazine, and the author of more than a dozen books about AutoCAD. A licensed architect, David was also one of the earliest AutoCAD third-party software developers, creating numerous AutoCAD add-on programs. As an industry consultant, David has worked with many companies, including Autodesk. He has taught college-level AutoCAD courses and has consistently been a top-rated speaker at Autodesk University.

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