Learning AutoCAD 2014 Editing Essentials

Learn how to edit AutoCAD drawings with this concise course taught by a leading AutoCAD expert.
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Published 6/2013 English

Course Description

This course covers all of the essential skills you'll need to edit AutoCAD drawings, add notes and dimensions, and print your drawings. 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 modify drawing objects, create text and dimensions, add hatch patterns, and print your drawings. 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 60 lessons totaling 4 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.

What are the requirements?

  • Some prior basic AutoCAD experience recommended. 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create annotation objects including text and hatch patterns
  • Learn how to move and copy existing drawing objects
  • Modify existing objects to change their size and shape
  • Use grips to modify objects
  • Add dimensions
  • Print your drawings at the desired size and scale

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in learning to use AutoCAD (some familiarity with basic drawing commands and layers recommended)

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Curriculum

Section 1: Creating Annotation Objects
3 pages
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, such as how to download and use the AutoCAD drawing files.

In addition to the lines, arcs, and circles you will typically create, drawings generally also include annotation objects—such as text and hatch patterns—used to identify materials or provide special notations. This section describes how to create text and modify text as well as how to add hatch patterns to fill areas within your drawings.

In this section, you will learn:

  • How to create single-line and multiline text
  • How to control text justification
  • How to create text styles
  • How to add hatch patterns and control their size and appearance

03:41
Annotation objects consist of any type of object that is not actually part of the physical model that you are creating, but rather is added to the drawing to provide additional information. This lesson introduces text, dimensions, multileaders, hatches, blocks, and attributes.
03:12
Text is used to place notes or other forms of annotations in your drawing. AutoCAD has two different types of text: single-line text and multiline text. In this lesson, you will learn to create the simplest type of annotation: single-line text.
06:06
When you place single-line text in a drawing, by default the program aligns the text at the left-hand side. In this lesson, you will learn how to control the justification of single-line text so that the text.
07:25
When you place text in a drawing as either single-line text or multiline text, AutoCAD bases that text on the current text style.  The text style determines characteristics of the text, such as the font and other aspects. In this lesson, you will learn how to create text styles.
01:41
Text styles control the appearance of text objects. Each text object is created using the current text style. In this lesson, you will learn how to modify text styles and update all text already created using a particular text style.
05:33
Multiline or paragraph text consists of one or more lines of text or paragraphs that fit within a boundary that you specify. In this lesson, you will learn how to create multiline text.
05:08
When you place multiline text in a drawing, by default the program aligns the text at the left-hand side of the text bounding rectangle. In this lesson, you will learn how to control the justification of multiline text.
02:39
When you have existing text in the drawing that needs to be changed, you need to be able to edit that text. In this lesson, you will learn how to modify existing text objects in your drawing.
02:57
Another way to convey information in a drawing is to fill areas with a solid color or repetitive pattern of lines. This lesson introduces hatch patterns and gradient fills.
07:12
The hatch patterns that you apply to areas of a drawing are actually a special object called a hatch object. In this lesson, you will learn how to add hatch objects to your drawing.
05:12
When you apply a hatch pattern, you can select the hatch pattern you want to apply. In this lesson, you will learn how to select the hatch pattern to be added to your drawing.
03:18
When you apply a hatch pattern, the hatch object is typically created on the current layer and takes on the color, linetype, and transparency of that layer. In this lesson, you will learn how to control the layer on which the hatch pattern is created.
04:03
In addition to selecting the type of hatch pattern you want to add to the drawing, you can also control the appearance of the hatch pattern by changing its size or scale, and the angle at which it is applied. In this lesson, you will learn how to control the scale and angle of the hatch pattern.
04:12
This lesson introduces the concept of hatch associativity. By default, hatch objects that you add to your drawing are associative hatch objects. That means that the hatch pattern is directly related to, or associative with, the boundary objects used to create the hatch. If you subsequently change the boundary objects, the hatch will automatically update to follow those changes.
03:20
When you add a hatch to your drawing, all of the hatches you add at one time are treated as a single hatch object. In this lesson, you will learn how to control whether all hatches are one object or are created as separate hatch objects.
8 questions
Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
Section 2: Modifying Objects Using Object Manipulation
2 pages
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 2.

AutoCAD provides numerous tools for creating objects, but just as important is the ability to modify those objects after they have been created. In this section, you will learn how to modify objects without actually changing them. You will learn how to manipulate existing objects by moving, copying, and rotating those objects.

In this section, you will learn:

  • How to use the Move command and how to move objects precisely using object snap
  • How to use the Copy command and how to copy objects precisely using object snap
  • How to create mirror images of objects
  • How to copy objects in a rectangular pattern using rectangular arrays
  • How to copy objects in a circular pattern using polar arrays
  • How to copy objects along a path using a path array
  • How to modify objects created using arrays
  • How to rotate objects about a point

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.

02:00
AutoCAD provides a wealth of powerful tools for creating geometry, and controls that enable you to create that geometry very accurately. But perhaps even more important is the ability to modify objects once they have been created. This lesson introduces the editing commands used to manipulate objects you have already created without actually changing the size or shape of those objects.
04:32
The MOVE command enables you to move selected objects to a new position at a specified distance and direction from their original location. In this lesson, you will learn how to move objects.
03:14
Using modify commands in conjunction with object snap guarantees accuracy by using precise locations on objects. In this lesson, you will learn to use the MOVE command in conjunction with object snap.
06:23
When using a CAD program, one of the most fundamental concepts is that you should never draw anything twice. Draw it once, and then make copies. In this lesson, you will learn to use the COPY command.
03:02
Using modify commands in conjunction with object snap guarantees accuracy by using precise locations on objects. In this lesson, you will learn to use the COPY command in conjunction with object snap.
04:22
In this lesson, you will learn to use the MIRROR command to make mirrored copies of selected objects.
05:52
The Rectangular Array tool enables you to make copies of selected objects and arrange those copies into a rectangular pattern of rows and columns. In this lesson, you will learn how to create a rectangular array.
05:09
The Rectangular Array tool makes it easy to lay out things like furniture in a repetitive pattern. In this lesson, you will learn how to adjust the rows and columns of rectangular arrays.
03:35
By default, the Rectangular Array tool creates an associative array, which means that the copies of objects in the array are part of a single array object that can subsequently be modified by changing the array properties, such as the spacing or number of objects in the array. In this lesson, you will learn how to adjust the properties of rectangular arrays.
05:42
The Polar Array tool enables you to make copies of selected objects and arrange those copies equally in a circular pattern around a center point. In this lesson you will learn how to create a polar array.
04:22
By default, the Polar Array tool creates an associative array, which means that the copies of objects in the array are part of a single array object that can subsequently be modified. In this lesson, you will learn how to adjust polar arrays by changing its properties, such as the number of items in the array, the angle between objects, the center point of the array, or the radius of the array.
08:11
The Path Array tool enables you to make copies of selected objects and arrange those copies distributed along a path or a portion of a path. In this lesson, you will learn how to create a path array.
Using the Rotate Command
02:52
02:51
In this lesson, you will learn how to use the ROTATE command to rotate objects in your drawing around a specified base point.
09:20
In this lesson, you will learn how to use the ROTATE command in conjunction with the reference angle option to rotate objects in reference to another object, or from one angle to another, without having to actually know the angle
11 questions
Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
Section 3: Modifying Objects Using Object Alteration
2 pages
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 3.

In addition to the tools used to move and copy objects, AutoCAD provides commands that enable you to modify objects by altering their physical appearance. In this section, you will learn how to modify objects by trimming and extending those objects, adding fillets (rounds) or chamfers where they intersect, changing their length by stretching objects, and changing their size by scaling them up or down.

In this section, you will learn:

  • How to trim objects by picking and using the fence object selection method
  • How to extend objects
  • How to use trim and extend together
  • How to add fillets or rounds at the corners of objects
  • How to add chamfers to the corners of objects
  • How to stretch objects
  • How to explode complex objects back into simpler forms
  • How to change the scale of objects

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.

02:50
This lesson introduces editing commands that alter existing objects, to physically alter or change the objects from their original form.
04:59
In this lesson, you will learn to use the TRIM command to remove a portion of an object where it crosses or intersects another object.
04:04
When using the TRIM command, you may find that you need to select a large number of objects and trim them back to one cutting edge. This lesson explains how to easily do this by using the Fence selection method in conjunction with the TRIM command.
03:14
When using the TRIM command, there may be times that you want to trim objects that do not actually touch. In this lesson, you will learn how to accomplish this by controlling the Edge Extend mode.
03:57
In this lesson, you will learn to use the EXTEND command to extend objects to meet the edges of other objects.
03:50
The TRIM command and the EXTEND command are complimentary commands. In this lesson, you will learn how to work toggle between Trim and Extend as you modify objects in your drawing.
04:24
In this lesson, you will learn how to use the FILLET command to place a fillet or round between any two non-parallel or parallel objects.
02:53
In this lesson, you will learn to use a special feature of the FILLET command to quickly add fillets or rounds to multiple segments and polylines.
06:44
A chamfer is a line segment that can be placed at the corner between any two non-parallel objects. In this lesson, you will learn how to place a chamfer by specifying the distance measured back from the corner or by specifying the angle from one of the line segments.
02:25
In this lesson, you will learn to use a special feature of the CHAMFER command to quickly add chamfers to multiple segments and polylines.
06:36
The STRETCH command provides a combination of a few different commands. It enables you to move objects, while stretching and trimming any connecting objects at the same time. In this lesson, you will learn how to use the STRETCH command.
02:05
In this lesson, you will learn how to use the EXPLODE command to convert a complex object such as a block or a polyline back into its more basic objects, such as lines, arcs, and circles. 
02:55
In this lesson, you will learn how to use the SCALE command to enlarge or reduce the size of selected objects while maintaining the proportions of the objects.
02:43
In this lesson, you will learn how to use the SCALE command in conjunction with the reference option to scale objects in reference to another object based on a reference length and a specified new length.
10 questions
Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.

Section 4: Modifying Objects Using Grips
2 pages
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 4.

In addition to the specific AutoCAD commands used to modify objects, you can also edit objects by simply selecting them and then using grips—small markers that appear on the object—to change them without having to actually start an AutoCAD command. In this section, you will learn how to use this very powerful method to modify objects.

In this section, you will learn:

  • How to use grips to modify lines
  • How to use grips to modify arcs
  • How to use grips to modify hatch objects
  • How to use grips to move objects
  • How to use grips to stretch objects
  • How to change the base point after you have already begun to edit objects using grips

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.

00:55
Grips enable you to modify objects without first selecting a modify command. In this lesson, you will learn how to modify an object using grips by simply selecting the object when no command is currently active.
05:58
In this lesson, you will learn how to use grips to modify lines.
03:26
When you select an arc, the program displays a number of square grips. This lesson explains how to use grips to modify arcs and introduces the concept of multi-functional grips.
03:28
In this lesson, you will learn how to use grips to modify hatch objects in a number of ways.
02:08
In this lesson, you will learn that when modifying an object using grips, you can choose between Move, Mirror, Rotate, Scale and Stretch; and with the Copy argument, you can even create a copy of the object as you use each option.
03:57
You can use grips to stretch objects, and since the STRETCH command works like Move, Extend, and Trim all at the same time, using grips to stretch objects can be very powerful. In this lesson, you will learn the trick to using grips to stretch objects.
01:56
When using actual commands to modify objects, you might inadvertently pick the wrong base point when you start the command, in which case you’d have to start over. In this lesson, you will learn that when editing objects using grips, you can use the Base Point option to change the base point on the fly.
4 questions
Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.

Section 5: Dimensioning Your Drawing
2 pages
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 5.

Dimensions identify the size of the objects you draw, making accurate, legible dimensions one of the most important features of those drawings. In this section, you will learn how to use AutoCAD’s dimensioning tools to add linear, angular, radius, and diameter dimensions and control their appearance.

In this section, you will learn:

  • How to work with associative dimensions
  • How to create linear horizontal and vertical dimensions
  • How to create linear aligned dimensions
  • How to create linear baseline dimensions
  • How to create linear continued dimensions
  • How to create angular dimensions
  • How to dimension the radius and diameter of circles and arcs
  • How to control the appearance of dimensions using dimension styles

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.

03:23
Dimensions are annotations you add to your drawings that identify the size of the objects you draw. Being able to place accurate, legible dimensions is a very important skill. This lesson introduces you to AutoCAD’s dimensioning tools, which enable you to add virtually any type of dimensional annotation to your drawings.
01:59
This lesson introduces you to the concept of associative dimensions, which means that if you change the size of an object, its dimensions all update automatically to reflect those changes.
03:26
A linear dimension adds a linear dimension annotation with a horizontal or a vertical orientation. In this lesson, you will learn how to create linear horizontal and vertical dimensions.
02:51
An aligned dimension creates a linear dimension that aligns parallel to an object or to a line between the two points used to specify the extension line origins. In this lesson, you will learn how to create linear aligned dimensions.
04:15
A baseline dimension creates a second dimension from the same first extension line origin, or baseline, as the previous dimension, or from another dimension that you select. This method of placing dimensions is often used in mechanical drafting to reference dimensions from a common point, or in architectural drafting to indicate the total length of a series of individual dimensions. In this lesson, you will learn how to create linear baseline dimensions.
03:42
A continued dimension creates a new dimension that continues from the second extension line origin of the previous dimension or from another dimension that you select. This method of placing dimensions is often used in architectural drafting to create a string or chain of dimensions, such as those shown here to locate a series of walls in a building. In this lesson, you will learn how to create linear continued dimensions.
02:44
Angular dimensions annotate the angle measured between two non-parallel lines, the angle subtended by an arc, or the angle around a portion of a circle. You can also dimension the angle formed by three selected points: the vertex and two end points. In this lesson, you will learn how to create angular dimensions.
02:13
In this lesson, you will learn how to dimension circles and arcs to add either radius or diameter dimensions.
03:08
The actual appearance of dimensions is controlled by dimension styles. In this lesson, you will learn about the various settings that control dimension appearance and how to create and control dimension styles.
6 questions
Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.

Section 6: Plotting Your Drawing
2 pages
This document provides an introduction to the material that will be covered in Section 6.

Once you have created a drawing, you will likely want to print or plot it onto a sheet of paper. While you can simply print the drawing exactly as it appears on screen, more often you will need to create sheets of drawings containing additional information, such as title blocks. The lessons in this section explain how to create multiple sheets and control the scale of various views on those sheets as well as how to print your drawings.

In this section, you will learn:

  • How to work with paper space layouts to represent a virtual sheet of paper
  • How to select the printer to which you will print your drawing
  • How to place a title block on a layout
  • How to create layout viewports on the virtual sheet of paper
  • How to control the scale of each layout viewport
  • How to control what displays and prints in each layout viewport
  • How to add additional notes on a layout
  • How to print your drawing

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.

02:34
This lesson introduces you to the concepts of printing (or plotting) your drawings so that they are produced at the desired scale.
04:47
In this lesson, you will learn about model space and paper space and how these work environments help you control the size of the objects you create and what your drawings look like when actually output onto a sheet of paper.
05:12
You use layouts to print and plot and you can have as many layouts as you want. Think of each layout as a separate sheet of paper. In this lesson, you will learn how to create layouts and how to choose the printer used to print each layout.
05:15
In this lesson, you will learn how to prepare a layout or paper for printing or plotting by placing a title block onto a layout.
05:05
In this lesson, you will learn how to create layout viewport, a special type of window that displays your model on a paper space layout, the representation of the sheet of paper.
08:44
In this lesson, you will learn how to set the scale for the layout viewports you have placed onto the paper space layout, so that when you print your drawing, the information in the viewport prints at the proper scale.
04:45
When you create viewports on a paper space layout, you also need to control what gets displayed and plotted in each viewport. In this lesson, you will learn how to use a special feature of layers to control what is displayed and plotted on a per-viewport basis.
02:58
In this lesson, you will learn how to place additional annotations, such as text and notes, onto a layout before you actually print the sheet.
04:08
In this lesson, you will learn how to preview your drawing before you actually send it to the printer, and how to print your AutoCAD drawing.
7 questions
Use this review to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.

25 pages
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 Editing Essentials – Revealed!

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