Autocad 2012 Video Tutorial

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Learning AutoCAD

Learning AutoCAD

The pull-down menus will access almost all commands, but are a slower way of doing things. Some terms have links to give you more information but it is not necessary to memorize them all now. The program now allows you to work in different workspaces depending upon what you are working on. This is a drawing mode that allows you to draw only perpendicular lines. You may be working on another employee's computer that is set up differently than what you're used to.

Now you can draw your line using polar coordinates discussed below. Switch to different panels by clicking on the tabs at the top of the ribbon.

To do this you use relative points. Info for layers and linetypes, etc are stored in this manner.

This is a drawing mode that allows you to snap your cursor to precise points laid out in a grid pattern. Move your cursor around the image above to find the names of various areas of the screen. Tools - These are the icons that start the commands you use to draw, modify, etc. Do you have a goal already?

Your cursor will change depending on what function it is performing in the program. With this information, you can figure out what angle you need. This will give a list of the most recent commands that you have used. Since you are a new user, you may as well learn the new interface. First decide which style you need to use, and then enter as shown.

Status bar - This allows to see and change different modes of drawing such as Ortho, Osnaps, Grid, Otrack, etc. Let's start at the beginning, these things you need to know, or the rest of it won't make any sense at all.

Examples would be solid, center, dashed, etc. This lesson is longer than most and not very exciting but will cover important topics. Most of the time you will not have an indication of where the origin is. Look at the example below and place your mouse on the image to find out the angle in question. Hold it longer for more info.

There are many ways to do things in most Windows programs. You may have more than one viewport visible to see different areas of your drawing at the same time. All objects are drawn with a particular linetype.

This is the common X-Y coordinate system that is the default. For example, the dimensioning toolbar is one that you will not want taking up space on your screen while drawing, but is very handy when you're dimensioning your drawing.

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Watch this line while learning. My experience in teaching is that the better a student is with coordinates, the faster they will learn. You can right click this area to toggle between icons and text for this area.


The Ribbon runs across the top of the drawing space and contains panels - each panel has a group of associated tools. This is pattern of dots displayed on the screen to guide you. The basic drawing unit set for your drawing.

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Any specific characteristic of an object such as layer, scale, linetype, start point, etc. It will be more accurate than you will ever need it to be. You can enter points directly on the command line using three different systems.

Everyone will develop a way that works best for him or her. Are you in a specific field? Tool Tip - If you hover your mouse over a tool, a tool tip will appear to give you more information. If you were to draw a line straight out to the right from the origin, this would be considered the positive X-axis. This was a long lesson that might have confused some people, but make sure you understand the concepts before moving ahead.

AutoCad 2012 tutorial

To go back to the standard display, click again on the same icon. You can easily make them go away so that you have more drawing space. To move around the drawing by dragging the drawing area around your screen.

In later tutorials you'll find out how to edit a drawing rather than start over like you would if you were hand drafting. This set of tutorials will deal with the new new workspace. Just like building a house, make up games full version your foundation in learning is very important.

You must understand this to know how to put things where you want them. It will give you a lot of information and tell you where you are in the command. It can be customized to suit your needs. In this case, D is the distance and A is the angle.

Dimensions that are associated with specific points will update as that point is moved. You can also customize them so you have the most common commands on one toolbar. You can group objects such as electrical on a single layer and organize your drawing. This is a file that contains preset values for frequently used settings. Every object is located in relation to the origin.

If you were to draw a line straight up, this would be the positive Y-axis. The toolbars are a good example of this. Make sure you have a very good understanding of this lesson before continuing. The one you use will depend on which is more applicable for the situation. Below is a diagram showing you how this system works place your mouse on the diagram for more info.

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