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Learning AutoCAD® 2013

A Video Introduction offers a visual, hands-on way to learn the critical features and functions of AutoCAD 2013.
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Learning AutoCAD: A Video Introduction features eight hours of step-by-step video instruction on AutoCAD, Autodesk's industry leading CAD software. Available with closed captioning and viewable on tablets, smartphones, and computers, Learning AutoCAD quickly teaches viewers how to use the software's core features and functions.

Each video chapter begins with a quick overview of the lesson and then immediately moves into an approachable hands-on exercise that readers can follow to gain confidence using the software.

Topics include:

  • The interface
  • Basic 2D drawing skills
  • Editing entities
  • Working with splines and polylines
  • Using layers and objects
  • Organizing objects with groups and blocks
  • Using hatch patterns and gradients
  • Working with blocks and cross-references
  • Creating and editing text
  • Dimensioning
  • Using constraints and layouts
  • Printing
  • Editing and importing data
  • Modeling in 3D
  • Presenting the design

About the presenter: Scott Onstott (Whaletown, Canada) is a consultant, former university professor, author, and independent video producer with more than 12 years of experience teaching and writing about AutoCAD. He's a frequent contributor to such popular industry websites as, and he has authored several books and training videos. video2brain is an online video training company with more than nine years of video production experience.

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Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner to Advanced AutoCAD users
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What Will I Learn?
Learn basic 2D drawing skills, working with splines and polylines, using layers and objects, organizing objects with groups and blocks, using hatch patterns and gradients, and working with blocks and cross-references
Learn to create and edit text, dimensioning, using constraints and layouts, printing, editing and importing data, modeling in 3D, and presenting the design
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Expand All 71 Lectures Collapse All 71 Lectures 07:28:19
User Interface
3 Lectures 23:06

Take a tour of the AutoCAD user interface. Learn to navigate the tabs, ribbons and panels, and how to find the tools you need for your CAD project.

Preview 07:24

Explore the ribbon interface in more detail, and become familiar with how the tools are organized.

Preview 08:43

Get an overview of the status bar. Learn the functionality of the elements of the status bar, toggle modes, and context menus.

A Closer Look at the Status Bar
Getting Started
6 Lectures 37:25

Learn to interact with a drawing or model using commands. Use dynamic input options and modifiers to get the most out of commands.

Understanding AutoCAD Commands

Begin working with images and drawings. Understand the difference between raster and vector graphics.

Comparing Raster Data and Vector Data

Navigate 2D drawings using the Pan and Zoom commands.

Navigating in 2D with Pan and Zoom

Understand measurements and unit settings. Learn to convert between Imperial and Metric units.

Working with Units and Systems of Measurement in AutoCAD

Configuring AutoCAD Options

Use a template to create a new drawing. Alter and save a drawing as a new custom template.

Creating and Using Templates
Creating Objects
7 Lectures 51:30

Draw with the line tool. Learn to make use of drawing aids such as the Polar Coordinate system and dynamic input.

Drawing Lines

Using the Circle tool on the Draw panel, create circles, ellipses, and elliptical arcs.

Drawing Circles, Ellipses, and Elliptical Arcs

Learn how to create arcs by two methods: trimming circles using the Circle tool, and with the dedicated Arc tool on the Draw panel.

Swinging Arcs

Understand how to draw complex shapes using the Polyline tool. Edit shapes using grips.

Creating Polylines

Learn how to use Cartesian coordinates with rectangles and polygons. Explore the Fillet and Chamfer options on the command line or by using dynamic input.

Drawing Rectangles and Polygons

Use points, rays, and Xlines as "scaffolds" in your drawings. Use the Trim tool to convert temporary rays and Xlines into line objects.

Creating Points, Rays, and Xlines

Learn to create complex shapes with splines using either the Fit method or the Control Vertex (CV) method. Explore the Spline Edit options.

Drawing and Editing Splines
Learning to Draw Accurately
6 Lectures 41:47

Explore the Grid and Snap tools. Work with Grid and Snap settings such as Polar Snap and Isometric Snap.

Using Grid and Snap

Connect objects in a drawing to the geometric features of other objects using Object Snap.

Using Object Snap and Running Object Snap

Learn to use Object Snap Tracking in your drawings.

Tracking with Object Snap

Understand how coordinate systems work in AutoCAD. Switch from the default World Coordinate System (WCS) to the User Coordinate System (UCS).

Creating Coordinate Systems

Draw using the User Coordinate System aligned to a specific geometry.

Drawing with Coordinate Systems

Use QuickCalc, AutoCAD's built-in calculator, to perform numeric calculations and take measurements from the geometry of a drawing.

Making Calculations
Manipulating Objects
6 Lectures 44:27

Learn how to use the various methods for selecting objects in AutoCAD, and why certain methods are best in different circumstances.

Selecting Objects

Use the basic transformation commands Move, Copy and Rotate to change an object's position, orientation or scale. Transform objects freehand, using measurements, and by snapping them to other objects.

Moving, Copying, and Rotating

Work with the Mirror, Scale, and Offset commands. Learn how to scale objects by referring to other objects in a drawing.

Scaling, Mirroring, and Offsetting

Associate objects in arrays using Rectangular, Polar, and Path arrays.

Arraying Objects

Change the shapes in a drawing using the Deform commands Trim, Extend, Fillet, Chamfer, Stretch and Lengthen.

Deforming Objects

Learn to edit objects with grips. Stretch, lengthen, move, rotate, scale, mirror and offset objects in a drawing without using commands.

Editing Objects with Grips
Controlling Object Appearance with Layers and Properties
6 Lectures 36:52

Work with layers using the Layer tool and the Layer Properties Manager. Use layer filters and group filters in your drawings.

Creating Layers and Assigning Properties

We typically set object properties by layer (so they inherit those properties), then override them as needed for specific circumstances or as we move objects from one layer to another.

Altering Object Properties

Tools on the Layers panel make it easy to navigate layers and move or assign objects to them.

Using Layer Tools

See how to load a linetype, how to use it in your drawing, and how to adjust the linetype scale for best view.

Loading and Scaling Linetype

You can adjust the draw order of objects so that objects are shown or hidden as you wish.

Controlling 2D Draw Order

On screen, all lines are 1 pixel width by default. But printed views need to have varying lineweights, for ease of interpretation; you can set various linewidths and also choose to display them on your monitor.

Adjusting Lineweights
Understanding Blocks
7 Lectures 37:13

Define commonly used symbols as blocks so they can be used repeatedly.

Defining Blocks for Repetitive Elements

Insert locally defined blocks into a drawing. Rotate blocks at insertion to save time.

Inserting Blocks

Editing and Redefining Blocks

Combine several blocks into a single dynamic block. Add geometric and dimensional constraints to a block.

Creating Dynamic Blocks

Control which symbol is visible in a dynamic block by working with visibility states. Learn to set block visibility in the Block Editor.

Setting Block Visibility States

Continue working with dynamic blocks. Stretch, rotate and flip dynamic blocks using custom grips.

Using Dynamic Blocks

Store commonly used blocks on the Tool Palette. Insert blocks into other drawings by dragging them from the Tool Palette.

Storing Blocks on Tool Palettes
Accessing and Managing Content
4 Lectures 21:54

Get familiar with the Design Center. Find blocks and styles stored locally and import them into drawings.

Using the Design Center to Access Local Content

Work with the Content Explorer plugin to search for content locally, or search globally on Autodesk Seek.

Using the Content Explorer to Access Global Content

Group a collection of blocks. Learn to use groups to facilitate transforming related objects at the same time.

Grouping Related Content

Use external references, called Xrefs for short, to allow collaboration on large and complex drawings.

Working with External References
Using Hatch Patterns and Gradients
3 Lectures 16:08

Create hatch patterns and fill closed boundaries in a drawing with patterns of linework in order to visually differentiate the parts of a drawing.

Creating Hatch Patterns

Edit existing hatch objects. Use the Hatch Editor to select and work with boundaries, change patterns, adjust pattern scale, and set the origin of patterns.

Altering Hatch Patterns with Associated Boundaries

Create and edit hatch objects in a drawing using solid fills and gradients. Add a background color to an existing hatch pattern.

Creating Gradient Fills
Writing and Editing Text
3 Lectures 12:03

Create new text styles in addition to the default Standard and Annotative styles. Select the font and the the width of the text. Set text height in a text style or within the Text command when creating a text object.

Styling Text

Write single lines of text to create text objects suitable for simple annotations to a drawing. Work with the DDEdit command to edit existing text objects.

Writing Individual Lines of Text

Use the Multiline Text, or MText, command to add paragraphs of text to a drawing. Import blocks of text and adjust text to fit into columns or shapes in a drawing.

Writing Paragraphs of Text
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