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AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011: No Experience Required

ISBN: 978-0-470-90144-1
920 pages
June 2010
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A step-by-step tutorial on AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT basics

AutoCAD is the leading drawing software, used by design and drafting professionals to create 2D and 3D technical drawings. This tutorial is aimed at AutoCAD novices and provides you with the essentials you need so you can acquire the necessary skills to work in AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT immediately. 

You'll begin with the basics and gradually progress to more advanced topics and features, such as grouping, elevations, hatches, and using text in drawings. Concise explanations, focused examples, and step-by-step instructions round out this hands-on tutorial.

  • Begins with the basics of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, the leading 2D and 3D drawing software
  • Progresses to more advanced topics and skill sets and covers grouping, hatches, and text in drawings
  • Introduces dimensioning, external references, layouts and printing, and using 3D Contains helpful examples and step-by-step instructions so you can get started using AutoCAD immediately

Featuring the most up-to-date techniques, tactics, industry standards, and methods, this tutorial will get you started using AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT right away.


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Table of Contents

Introduction xxi

Chapter 1 Getting to Know AutoCAD 1

Chapter 2 Learning Basic Commands to Get Started 37

Chapter 3 Set ting Up a Drawing 73

Chapter 4 Developing Drawing Strategies: Part 1 99

Chapter 5 Developing Drawing Strategies: Part 2 167

Chapter 6 Using Layers to Organize Your Drawing 241

Chapter 7 Combining Objects into Blocks 307

Chapter 8 Controlling Text in a Drawing 367

Chapter 9 Using Dynamic Blocks and Tables 439

Chapter 10 Generating Elevations 505

Chapter 11 Working with Hatches, Gradients, and Tool Palettes 555

Chapter 12 Dimensioning a Drawing 593

Chapter 13 Managing External References 657

Chapter 14 Using Layouts to Set Up a Print 699

Chapter 15 Printing an AutoCAD Drawing 781

Chapter 16 Creating 3D Geometry 831

Chapter 17 Rendering and Materials 911

Glossary 945

Index 963

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Author Information

Donnie Gladfelter is a highly visible and respected thought leader in the CAD community. He is well known for his CAD Geek blog (www.thecadgeek.com), has written many articles for the popular AUGIWorld magazine, and is a top-rated speaker at Autodesk University and other industry events. He has worked with the development team at Autodesk to help shape future versions of AutoCAD, and the company has featured him in numerous video interviews, including their popular "Ask the Expert" series. Donnie also helps empower CAD professionals by providing training and services to companies around the world as a member of the Autodesk User Group International Board of Directors.

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