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AutoCAD Training in brief

We welcome you in beginning the process of learning AutoCAD. This training will give you great satisfaction to learn such a complex program and use it to design and document whatever you
dream up. In this course you’ll find step-by-step learning method that reveal a wide variety of techniques built on many years in real-world projects. This course is for students, professional architects, industrial designers, engineers, builders, landscape architects, or anyone who communicates through technical drawings as part of their work. Learning AutoCAD, requires a significant commitment of time and attention and, to some extent, a tolerance for repetition. However, to become an expert in AutoCAD, you must also use the commands enough times to gain an intuitive sense of how they work and how parts of a drawing are constructed.

Who should learn AutoCAD?

If you have your eyes on going into Engineering, Architecture, Manufacturing, Interior Design, and Project management, then gaining the technical expertise of using AutoCAD is a must. Having a knowledge of AutoCAD is a craft that will position you in the future. If you have hobbies such as furniture design, building architectural miniatures and interior designing, AutoCAD will go a long way to boost your hobby into a passion.


At VIVID, we have genius AutoCAD instructors with all the certifications you can acquire as an instructor. We have positioned of AutoCAD unit to benefit those in the Engineering, Construction, and Architecture industries. We also have our eye on building you into an all-around AutoCAD user with the use of collaboration tools.

Topics Include:

Module 1 • Exploring the Interface

Taking a Guided Tour AutoCAD
Launching AutoCAD
The AutoCAD Window
Using the Application Menu
Using the Ribbon
Picking Points in the Drawing Area
Using the UCS Icon
Working in the Command Window
Working with AutoCAD
Opening an Existing File in AutoCAD
Getting a Closer Look
Saving a File as You Work
Making Changes
Working with Multiple Files in AutoCAD
Adding a Predawn Symbol with the Tool Palettes

Module 2 • Creating Your First Drawing

Getting to Know the Home Tab’s Draw and Modify Panels
Starting Your First Drawing in AutoCAD
Specifying Exact Distances with Coordinates
Specifying Polar Coordinates in AutoCAD
Specifying Relative Cartesian Coordinates
Interpreting the Cursor Modes and Understanding Prompts
Understanding Cursor Modes in AutoCAD
Choosing Command Options
Selecting Objects in AutoCAD
Providing Base Points
Using Noun/Verb Selection
Editing with Grips
Stretching Lines by Using Grips in AutoCAD
Moving and Rotating with Grips
Understanding Dynamic Input
Displaying Data in a Text Window
Displaying the Properties of an Object
Getting Help
Using the Info Center
Finding Additional Sources of Help

Module 3 • Setting Up and Using the Drafting Tools

Setting Up a Work Area
Specifying Units
Fine-Tuning the Measurement System
Setting Up the Drawing Limits
Looking at an Alternative to Limits
Understanding Scale Factors
Using Polar Tracking
Setting the Polar Tracking Angle
Exploring the Drawing Process
Locating an Object in Reference to Others
Getting a Closer Look
Modifying an Object
Planning and Laying Out a Drawing
Making a Preliminary Sketch
Using the Layout
Erasing the Layout Lines
Putting on the Finishing Touches
Aligning Objects by Using Object Snap Tracking
Using the AutoCAD Modes as Drafting Tools
Using Grid Mode as a Background Grid
Using Snap Modes

Module 4 • Organizing Objects with Blocks and Groups

Creating and Using a Symbol
Understanding the Block Definition Dialog Box
Inserting a Symbol
Scaling and Rotating Blocks
Using an Existing Drawing as a Symbol
Modifying a Block
Unblocking and Redefining a Block
Saving a Block as a Drawing File
Replacing Existing Files with Blocks
Understanding the Write Block Dialog Box Options
Other Uses for Blocks
Understanding the Annotation Scale
Grouping Objects
Modifying Members of a Group
Ungrouping, Adding, and Subtracting from a Group
Working with the Object Grouping Dialog Box
Working with the AutoCAD LT Group Manager

Module 5 • Keeping Track of Layers and Blocks

Organizing Information with Layers
Creating and Assigning Layers
Working on Layers
Controlling Layer Visibility
Finding the Layers You Want
Taming an Unwieldy List of Layers
Assigning Line types to Layers
Adding a Line type to a Drawing
Controlling Line weights
Keeping Track of Blocks and Layers
Getting a Text File List of Layers or Blocks

Module 6 • Editing and Reusing Data to Work Efficiently

Creating and Using Templates
Creating a Template
Using a Template
Copying an Object Multiple Times
Making Circular Copies
Making Row and Column Copies
Fine-Tuning Your View
Finishing the Kitchenette
Array along a Path
Making Changes to an Associative Array
Developing Your Drawing
Importing Settings
Using Osnap Tracking to Place Objects
Finding an Exact Distance along a Curve
Changing the Length of Objects
Creating a New Drawing by Using Parts from another Drawing
Eliminating Unused Blocks, Layers, Line types, Shapes, Styles, and More

Module 7 • Mastering Viewing Tools, Hatches, and External References

Assembling the Parts
Taking Control of the AutoCAD Display
Understanding Regeneration and Redrawing
Saving Views
Understanding the Frozen Layer Option
Using Hatch Patterns in Your Drawings
Placing a Hatch Pattern in a Specific Area
Adding Predefined Hatch Patterns
Positioning Hatch Patterns Accurately
Updating a Block from an External File
Changing the Hatch Area
Modifying a Hatch Pattern
Understanding the Boundary Hatch Options
Controlling Boundaries with the Boundaries Panel
Fine-Tuning the Boundary Behavior
Controlling Hatch Behavior with the Options Panel
Controlling Hatch Default Layer, Layout Scale, and ISO Line Weight
Using Additional Hatch Features
Using Gradient Shading
Tips for Using Hatch
Space Planning and Hatch Patterns
Using External References
Attaching a Drawing as an External Reference
Other Differences Between External References and Blocks
Other External Reference Options
Clipping Xref Views and Improving Performance
Editing Xrefs in Place
Using the External Reference Tab
Adding and Removing Objects from Blocks and Xrefs
Understanding the Reference Edit Dialog Box Options

Module 8 • Introducing Printing, Plotting, and Layouts

Plotting the Plan
Understanding the Plotter Settings
Paper Size
Drawing Orientation
Plot Area
Plot Scale
Shaded Viewport Options
Plot Offset
Plot Options
Exit Options
Plotting Using Layout Views
Setting Plot Scale in the Layout Viewports
Adding an Output Device
Editing a Plotter Configuration
Storing a Page Setup
Using Electronic Plots
Exporting to PDF Through the Plot Dialog Box
Exporting to PDF Through the Export To DWF/PDF Ribbon Panel
Exporting Autodesk DWF and DWFx Files

Module 9 • Adding Text to Drawings

Preparing a Drawing for Text
Organizing Text by Styles
Getting Familiar with the Text and Annotation Scale Control Panels
Setting the Annotation Scale and Adding Text
Inserting Text
Exploring Text and Scale
Understanding the Text Style Dialog Box Options
Set Current/New/Delete
Exploring Text Formatting in AutoCAD
Adjusting the Text Height and Font
Understanding the Text Editor Tab
Adding Symbols and Special Characters
Setting Indents and Tabs
What Do the Fonts Look Like?
Adding Simple Single-Line Text Objects
Justifying Single-Line Text Objects
Using Special Characters with Single-Line Text Objects
Using the Check Spelling Feature
How Check Spelling Works
Choosing a Dictionary
Substituting Fonts
Finding and Replacing Text

Module 10 • Using Fields and Tables

Using Fields to Associate Text with Drawing Properties
Adding Tables to Your Drawing
Creating a Table
Adding Cell Text
Adjusting Table Text Orientation and Location
Editing the Table Line Work
Adding Formulas to Cells
Using Formulas Directly in Cells
Using Other Math Operations
Importing and Exporting Tables
Importing a Table
Exporting Tables
Creating Table Styles
Adding or Modifying a Table Style
The Table Style Options

Module 11 • Using Dimensions

Using Fields to Associate Text with Drawing Properties
Adding Tables to Your Drawing
Creating a Table
Adding Cell Text
Adjusting Table Text Orientation and Location
Editing the Table Line Work
Adding Formulas to Cells
Using Formulas Directly in Cells
Using Other Math Operations
Importing and Exporting Tables
Importing a Table
Exporting Tables
Creating Table Styles
Adding or Modifying a Table Style
The Table Style OptionsUnderstanding the Components of a Dimension
Creating a Dimension Style
Setting Up the Primary Unit Style
Setting the Height for Dimension Text
Setting the Location and Orientation of Dimension Text
Choosing an Arrow Style and Setting the Dimension Scale
Setting Up Alternate Units
Setting the Current Dimension Style
Modifying a Dimension Style
Drawing Linear Dimensions
Understanding the Dimensions Panel
Placing Horizontal and Vertical Dimensions
Continuing a Dimension
Drawing Dimensions from a Common Base Extension Line
Adjusting the Distance Between Dimensions
Editing Dimensions
Appending Data to Dimension Text
Using Grips to Make Minor Adjustments to Dimensions
Changing Style Settings of Individual Dimensions
Editing Dimensions and Other Objects Together
Associating Dimensions with Objects
Adding a String of Dimensions with a Single Operation
Adding or Removing the Alternate Dimensions
Dimensioning Nonorthogonal Objects
Dimensioning Nonorthogonal Linear Distances
Dimensioning Radii, Diameters, and Arcs
Skewing Dimension Lines
Using the Dimension Tool
Adding a Note with a Leader Arrow
Creating Multileader Styles
Editing Multileader Notes
Breaking a Dimension Line for a Leader
Applying Ordinate Dimensions
Adding Tolerance Notation
Inserting Tolerance and Datum Values
Adding Inspection Dimensions

Module 12 • Using Attributes

Creating Attributes
Adding Attributes to Blocks
Copying and Editing Attribute Definitions
Turning the Attribute Definitions into a Block
Inserting Blocks Containing Attributes
Editing Attributes
Editing Attribute Values One at a Time
Editing Attribute Text Formats and Properties
Making Global Changes to Attribute Values
Making Invisible Attributes Visible
Making Global Format and Property Changes to Attributes
Other Block Attribute Manager Options
Redefining Blocks Containing Attributes
Extracting and Exporting Attribute Information
Performing the Extraction
Extracting Attribute Data to an AutoCAD Table

Module 13 • Copying Existing Drawings from Other Sources

Methods for Converting Paper Drawings to AutoCAD Files
Importing a Raster Image
Working with a Raster Image
Scaling a Raster Image
Controlling Object Visibility and Overlap with Raster Images
Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Fade
Clipping a Raster Image
Turning Off the Frame, Adjusting Overall Quality, and Controlling Transparency
Working with PDF Files
Importing a PDF
Scaling and Osnaps with PDFs
Controlling the PDF Display
Importing a PDF as an AutoCAD Drawing
Reconstructing Imported AutoCAD SHX Fonts
Coordinating Geographic Locations
Making Adjustments to the Map
Finding Measurements and Distances

Module 14 • Advanced Editing and Organizing

Using External References
Preparing Existing Drawings for External Referencing
Assembling Xrefs to Build a Drawing
Updating Blocks in Xrefs
Importing Named Elements from Xrefs
Controlling the Xref Search Path
Managing Layers
Saving and Recalling Layer Settings
Other Tools for Managing Layers
Using Advanced Tools: Filter and Quick Select
Filtering Selections
Using Quick Select
Using the QuickCalc Calculator
Adding Foot and Inch Lengths and Finding the Sum of Angles
Converting Units with QuickCalc
Using QuickCalc to Find Points
Finding Fractional Distances between Two Points
Using QuickCalc While in the Middle of a Command
Storing Expressions and Values
Guidelines for Working with QuickCalc

Module 15 • Laying Out Your Printer Output

Understanding Model Space and Paper Space
Switching from Model Space to Paper Space
Setting the Size of a Paper Space Layout
Creating New Paper Space Viewports
Reaching Inside Viewports
Working with Paper Space Viewports
Scaling Views in Paper Space
Setting Layers in Individual Viewports
Creating and Using Multiple Paper Space Layouts
Creating Odd-Shaped Viewports
Understanding Lineweights, Linetypes, and Dimensions in Paper Space
Controlling and Viewing Lineweights in Paper Space
The Lineweight Settings Dialog Box
Linetype Scales and Paper Space
Dimensioning in Paper Space Layouts
Other Uses for Paper Space

Module 16 • Making “Smart” Drawings with Parametric Tools

Why Use Parametric Drawing Tools?
Connecting Objects with Geometric Constraints
Using AutoConstrain to Add Constraints Automatically
Editing a Drawing Containing Constraints
Using Other Geometric Constraints
Using Constraints in the Drawing Process
Controlling Sizes with Dimensional Constraints
Adding a Dimensional Constraint
Editing a Dimensional Constraint
Using Formulas to Control and Link Dimensions
Adding a Formula Parameter
Testing the Formula
Using Other Formulas
Editing the Constraint Options
Putting Constraints to Use

Module 17 • Using Dynamic Blocks

Exploring the Block Editor
Opening the Block Editor
Editing a Block and Creating New Blocks
Creating a Dynamic Block
Adding a Parameter
Adding an Action
Adding an Increment Value
Editing Parameters and Actions
Keeping an Object Centered
Using Constraints in Dynamic Blocks
Adding a List of Predefined Options
Creating Multiple Shapes in One Block
Rotating Objects in Unison
Filling in a Space Automatically with Objects
Including Block Information with Data Extraction

Module 18 • Drawing Curves

Introducing Polylines
Drawing a Polyline
Setting Polyline Options
Editing Polylines
Setting Pedit Options
Smoothing Polylines
Editing Vertices
Creating a Polyline Spline Curve
Using True Spline Curves
Drawing a True Spline
Understanding the Spline Options
Fine-Tuning Spline Curves
Marking Divisions on Curves
Dividing Objects into Segments of Equal Length
Dividing Objects into Specified Lengths

Module 19 • Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings

Finding the Area of Closed Boundaries
Finding the Area of an Object
Using Hatch Patterns to Find Areas
Adding and Subtracting Areas with the Area Command
Getting General Information
Determining the Drawing’s Status
Keeping Track of Time
Getting Information from System Variables
Keeping a Log of Your Activity
Capturing and Saving Text Data from the AutoCAD Text Window
Understanding the Command Window Context Menu
Storing Searchable Information in AutoCAD Files
Searching for AutoCAD Files
Recovering Corrupted Files
Using the DXF File Format to Exchange CAD Data with Other Programs
Exporting DXF Files
Opening or Importing DXF Files
Using AutoCAD Drawings in Page Layout Programs
Exporting Raster Files
Exporting Vector Files
Using OLE to Import Data
Editing OLE Links
Importing Worksheets as AutoCAD Tables
Understanding Options for Embedding Data
Using the Clipboard to Export AutoCAD Drawings

Module 24 • Customizing Toolbars, Menus, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns

Using Workspaces
Customizing the User Interface
Taking a Quick Customization Tour
Understanding the Customizations In All Files Panel
Getting the Overall View
Finding Commands in the Command List
Opening Preview, Button Image, and Shortcuts
Getting to the Core of Customization in the Properties Group
Creating Your Own Ribbon Panels and Menus
Customizing Ribbon Panel Tools
Creating Macros in Tools and Menus
Pausing for User Input
Opening an Expanded Text Box for the Macro Option
Editing Keyboard Shortcuts
Saving, Loading, and Unloading Your Customizations
Understanding the DIESEL Macro Language
Using DIESEL at the Command Line
Using DIESEL in a Custom Menu Macro
Using DIESEL as a Menu Bar Option Label
Using DIESEL and Fields to Generate Text
Creating Custom Linetypes
Viewing Available Linetypes
Creating a New Linetype
Understanding the Linetype Code
Creating Complex Linetypes
Creating Hatch Patterns

Module 25 • Managing and Sharing Your Drawings

Sharing Drawings Online
Sharing Project Files with eTransmit
Protecting AutoCAD Drawing Files
Publishing Your Drawings
Exchanging Drawing Sets
Exploring Other Publish Options
Creating a PDF or DWF File by Using the Plot Dialog Box
Sharing Files with A360 Drive
Getting Started with A360 Drive
Viewing Files and Adding Comments
Sharing Files
Opening and Saving Files Directly to A360 Drive
Collaborating with Others Using Design Feed
Adding Hyperlinks to Drawings
Creating Hyperlinks
Editing and Deleting Hyperlinks
Taking a Closer Look at the Hyperlink Options
Managing Your Drawings with DesignCenter and the Tool Palettes
Getting Familiar with DesignCenter
Opening and Inserting Files with DesignCenter
Finding and Extracting the Contents of a Drawing
Exchanging Data between Open Files
Loading Specific Files into DesignCenter
Customizing the Tool Palettes with DesignCenter
Establishing Office Standards
Establishing Layering and Text Conventions
Checking Office Standards
Converting Multiple Layer Settings
Exploring Other Layer Translator Options

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