How to use and master AutoCAD for beginners (Free course online)

Welcome to our comprehensive “Free AutoCAD Course Online”! This self-paced course has been meticulously designed for both beginners with no prior experience and professionals aiming to hone their AutoCAD skills. As a leading CAD program used worldwide, AutoCAD is integral to various sectors like architecture, engineering, graphic design, and more. By taking this course, you are making a significant step towards enhancing your professional skills and expanding your opportunities.

Throughout this 28-module journey, we will start from the basics, guiding you through installation and understanding the AutoCAD interface. We’ll then delve into essential topics such as basic drawing, editing commands, precision drawings, and understanding layers, colors, and line types. You’ll learn to work with references, blocks, dimensions, and annotations, and will become skilled in creating layouts, hatching and gradient fills.

The course further develops your skills in 3D modeling, creating solids and surfaces from 2D objects, working with meshes, rendering, and visualization. You’ll also explore the world of AutoCAD customization and learn how to maintain AutoCAD standards, manage files, and use DesignCenter and tool palettes. With sections dedicated to parametric drawing, dynamic blocks, and using macros and scripts, this course equips you with diverse tools and techniques that will greatly enhance your efficiency and productivity in AutoCAD.

How to use and master AutoCAD for beginners

1. Introduction to AutoCAD

1.1. What is AutoCAD?

1.1.1. Definition of AutoCAD
1.1.2. Brief History of AutoCAD
1.1.3. The Purpose of AutoCAD
1.1.4. Who Uses AutoCAD?

1.2. Different Versions of AutoCAD

1.2.1. The Evolution of AutoCAD: An Overview of Different Versions
1.2.2. AutoCAD for Windows vs. AutoCAD for Mac
1.2.3. Full Version vs. AutoCAD LT
1.2.4. AutoCAD Mobile App

1.3. Significance of AutoCAD in Various Industries

1.3.1. Role of AutoCAD in the Construction Industry
1.3.2. Influence of AutoCAD in Mechanical Engineering
1.3.3. Importance of AutoCAD in the Fashion Industry
1.3.4. AutoCAD’s Contribution to the Aerospace Industry
1.3.5. Use of AutoCAD in Interior Design

1.4. Comparison with Other CAD Software

1.4.1. AutoCAD vs. SolidWorks Similarities Between AutoCAD and SolidWorks Differences in Design Capabilities User Interface Comparison Pricing and Value

1.4.2. AutoCAD vs. Revit Similarities Between AutoCAD and Revit Differences in BIM Capabilities User Interface Comparison Pricing and Value

1.4.3. AutoCAD vs. SketchUp Similarities Between AutoCAD and SketchUp Differences in 3D Modeling Capabilities User Interface Comparison Pricing and Value

2. Installation and Setup

2.1. System Requirements for Different Versions

2.1.1. Hardware Requirements for AutoCAD Processor and Memory (RAM) Needs Storage and Graphics Card Considerations

2.1.2. Software Requirements for AutoCAD Compatible Operating Systems Additional Software Considerations (DirectX, .NET)

2.1.3. Differences in System Requirements for AutoCAD versions
2.1.4. Meeting Requirements for AutoCAD LT and Mobile App

2.2. Installation Process

2.2.1. Downloading the Installer Accessing the AutoDesk Website Selecting the Correct AutoCAD Version Download Process

2.2.2. Running the Installer Launching the Installer Navigating the Installation Wizard Potential Installation Issues

2.2.3. Setting Up AutoCAD After Installation First-Time Setup Entering License Information Software Updates and Maintenance

2.3. Interface Setup

2.3.1. Understanding the Default Interface
2.3.2. Customizing the Workspace Choosing a Workspace Layout Adjusting Toolbars and Panels

2.3.3. Setting Up and Managing User Profiles
2.3.4. Using the Command Line and Dynamic Input

2.4. Setting Up Drawing Units

2.4.1. Understanding Drawing Units
2.4.2. Choosing Between Imperial and Metric Units
2.4.3. Setting Drawing Limits
2.4.4. Scaling Drawings and Understanding Scale Factors

3. Understanding the AutoCAD Interface

3.1. Understanding Workspaces

3.1.1. Drafting and Annotation Workspace Purpose and Use of the Drafting and Annotation Workspace Key Features and Tools in the Drafting and Annotation Workspace Customizing the Drafting and Annotation Workspace

3.1.2. 3D Basics and 3D Modeling Workspaces When to Use 3D Basics vs. 3D Modeling Workspaces Essential Tools and Commands in 3D Workspaces Customizing 3D Workspaces

3.2. The Drawing Area, Command Window, and Status Bar

3.2.1. Navigating the Drawing Area Understanding Drawing Area Functionality Setting Up the Drawing Area

3.2.2. Using the Command Window Inputting and Executing Commands Understanding Command History

3.2.3. Understanding the Status Bar Interpreting Status Bar Indicators Customizing the Status Bar

3.3. Using Navigation Tools (Zoom, Pan, etc.)

3.3.1. Understanding and Using Zoom Commands Zooming In and Out Zoom Window, Zoom Extents, and Other Variants

3.3.2. Understanding and Using Pan Panning the Drawing Using Pan with Other Tools

3.3.3. Using the ViewCube and SteeringWheels Understanding the ViewCube Understanding the SteeringWheels

3.4. The Application Menu and Toolbars

3.4.1. Navigating the Application Menu Understanding the Structure of the Application Menu Commonly Used Functions in the Application Menu

3.4.2. Understanding and Customizing Toolbars Locating and Using Toolbars Customizing Toolbars

3.4.3. Understanding Ribbon Tabs and Panels Navigating Ribbon Tabs Understanding and Customizing Ribbon Panels

4. Basic Drawing and Editing Commands

4.1. Creating Basic Geometric Objects (Lines, Circles, Rectangles)

4.1.1. Creating Lines Using the ‘LINE’ Command Specifying Points for Line Creation

4.1.2. Creating Circles Using the ‘CIRCLE’ Command Defining Center Point and Radius

4.1.3. Creating Rectangles Using the ‘RECTANGLE’ Command Specifying Corner Points for Rectangle Creation

4.2. Using Basic Editing Commands (Copy, Move, Rotate)

4.2.1. Copying Objects Using the ‘COPY’ Command Specifying Base Point and Second Point for Copying

4.2.2. Moving Objects Using the ‘MOVE’ Command Specifying Base Point and Second Point for Moving

4.2.3. Rotating Objects Using the ‘ROTATE’ Command Setting Base Point and Rotation Angle

4.3. Using Selection Methods (Window, Crossing, etc.)

4.3.1. Window Selection Using Window Selection to Select Objects Differences between Window and Crossing Selection

4.3.2. Crossing Selection Using Crossing Selection to Select Objects Benefits and Limitations of Crossing Selection

4.3.3. Other Selection Methods Using Quick Selection Using Fence Selection

4.4. Deleting Objects

4.4.1. Using the ‘ERASE’ Command
4.4.2. Deleting Selected Objects
4.4.3. Undoing Deletions

4.5. Cancelling Commands

4.5.1. Using ‘ESC’ to Cancel Commands
4.5.2. Understanding ‘UNDO’ and ‘REDO’ Commands
4.5.3. Cancelling Multiple Commands

5. Creating Precision Drawings

5.1. Inputting Precise Dimensions

5.1.1. Understanding Coordinate Systems in AutoCAD The Cartesian Coordinate System The Polar Coordinate System

5.1.2. Inputting Coordinates for Precise Drawing Using Absolute Coordinates Using Relative Coordinates

5.1.3. Using Direct Distance Entry for Accurate Measurements

5.2. Drawing with Polar Tracking and PolarSnap

5.2.1. Understanding Polar Tracking How Polar Tracking Works Setting Angles for Polar Tracking

5.2.2. Drawing with PolarSnap How PolarSnap Complements Polar Tracking Setting Increments for PolarSnap

5.3. Drawing with Object Snaps

5.3.1. Understanding the Use of Object Snaps Different Types of Object Snaps (Endpoint, Midpoint, Center, etc.) Running Object Snaps vs. Object Snap Overrides

5.3.2. Using Object Snap Tracking for Precise Positioning
5.3.3. Setting and Customizing Object Snap Options

5.4. Drawing with Ortho Mode and GridSnap

5.4.1. Understanding and Using Ortho Mode How Ortho Mode Assists in Creating Straight Lines Toggling Ortho Mode On and Off

5.4.2. Drawing with GridSnap Understanding the Purpose of GridSnap Configuring GridSnap Settings for Precision Drawing

6. Layers, Colors, Line types

6.1. Understanding the Concept of Layers

6.1.1. What are Layers in AutoCAD?
6.1.2. Importance of Layers in Organizing Drawings
6.1.3. How Layers Work Understanding Layer States The Concept of Current Layer

6.2. Creating, Editing, and Deleting Layers

6.2.1. Creating New Layers Using the ‘LAYER’ Command to Create Layers Naming and Describing New Layers

6.2.2. Editing Layers Modifying Layer Properties Renaming Layers

6.2.3. Deleting Layers Understanding Restrictions to Deleting Layers Using the ‘LAYER’ Command to Delete Layers

6.3. Assigning Properties to Layers

6.3.1. Assigning Colors to Layers Importance of Color Coding Layers How to Assign Colors to Layers

6.3.2. Assigning Line types to Layers Understanding Various Line types in AutoCAD How to Assign Line types to Layers

6.3.3. Assigning Line Weights to Layers Understanding the Importance of Line Weights How to Assign Line Weights to Layers

6.4. Freezing, Thawing, Locking, and Unlocking Layers

6.4.1. Understanding the Concept of Freezing and Thawing Layers When and Why to Freeze Layers How to Freeze and Thaw Layers

6.4.2. Understanding the Concept of Locking and Unlocking Layers When and Why to Lock Layers How to Lock and Unlock Layers

7. Object Properties and Modifiers

7.1. Identifying Object Properties

7.1.1. Understanding What Object Properties Are Definition of Object Properties in AutoCAD Examples of Common Object Properties (Color, Linetype, etc.)

7.1.2. Using the Properties Palette How to Open and Navigate the Properties Palette Interpreting Information in the Properties Palette

7.2. Modifying Object Properties

7.2.1. Selecting Objects for Modification Selecting Single Objects Selecting Multiple Objects

7.2.2. Changing Properties Using the Properties Palette Changing Colors of Selected Objects Changing Linetype of Selected Objects Changing Other Properties of Selected Objects

7.3. Using Match Properties

7.3.1. Understanding the ‘Match Properties’ Command What ‘Match Properties’ Does When to Use ‘Match Properties’

7.3.2. Applying ‘Match Properties’ to Objects Selecting Source and Target Objects Applying ‘Match Properties’ from the Toolbar or Command Line

7.4. Using Linetypes and Linetype Scale

7.4.1. Understanding Linetypes in AutoCAD Common Types of Linetypes Loading New Linetypes

7.4.2. Understanding and Adjusting Linetype Scale How Linetype Scale Affects Appearance of Lines Changing Linetype Scale of Existing Objects

8. Text and Annotations

8.1. Creating Single-Line Text

8.1.1. Understanding the ‘TEXT’ Command When to Use Single-Line Text Starting the ‘TEXT’ Command

8.1.2. Specifying Text Attributes Text Height and Angle Text Rotation

8.2. Creating Multiline Text

8.2.1. Understanding the ‘MTEXT’ Command When to Use Multiline Text Starting the ‘MTEXT’ Command

8.2.2. Specifying Multiline Text Attributes Text Box Width Text Justification

8.3. Editing Text

8.3.1. Using the ‘DDEDIT’ Command Selecting Text for Editing Making Changes in the Text Editing Window

8.3.2. Quick Text Edits with Properties Palette Changing Text Content Adjusting Text Properties

8.4. Using Text Styles

8.4.1. Understanding Text Styles What are Text Styles? Importance of Text Styles

8.4.2. Creating and Applying Text Styles Defining a New Text Style Applying an Existing Text Style

8.5. Using Fields in Text

8.5.1. Understanding Fields What are Fields? Common Applications of Fields

8.5.2. Inserting Fields into Text Using the ‘FIELD’ Command Customizing Field Information

9. Dimensioning

9.1. Understanding Dimensioning and Dimensioning Styles

9.1.1. Understanding the Concept of Dimensioning in AutoCAD Why We Use Dimensioning Common Types of Dimensions Used in AutoCAD

9.1.2. Understanding Dimensioning Styles The Role of Dimensioning Styles in AutoCAD Default Dimensioning Styles in AutoCAD

9.2. Creating Linear, Aligned, and Arc Length Dimensions

9.2.1. How to Create Linear Dimensions Using the ‘DIMLINEAR’ Command Setting the Linear Dimension Scale

9.2.2. How to Create Aligned Dimensions Using the ‘DIMALIGNED’ Command Placing Aligned Dimensions in Your Drawing

9.2.3. How to Create Arc Length Dimensions Using the ‘DIMARC’ Command Placing Arc Length Dimensions in Your Drawing

9.3. Creating Radial and Angular Dimensions

9.3.1. How to Create Radial Dimensions Using the ‘DIMRADIUS’ Command Placing Radial Dimensions in Your Drawing

9.3.2. How to Create Angular Dimensions Using the ‘DIMANGULAR’ Command Placing Angular Dimensions in Your Drawing

9.4. Creating Dimension Styles and Overriding Styles

9.4.1. How to Create Dimension Styles Understanding the ‘DIMSTYLE’ Command Creating a New Dimension Style

9.4.2. How to Override Dimension Styles Understanding When to Override Dimension Styles Applying an Override to a Dimension Style

10. Blocks and Block Attributes

10.1. Understanding Blocks and Block Definitions

10.1.1. Definition and Importance of Blocks in AutoCAD What Are Blocks in AutoCAD? The Role of Blocks in Efficient Drafting

10.1.2. Understanding Block Definitions What Are Block Definitions? How Block Definitions Affect the Use of Blocks

10.2. Creating Blocks

10.2.1. The ‘BLOCK’ Command and How to Use It Initiating the ‘BLOCK’ Command Setting Block Parameters in the Block Definition Dialog Box

10.2.2. Defining Block Base Points and Other Properties Choosing Appropriate Base Points for Blocks Adjusting Other Block Properties for Optimal Use

10.3. Adding and Modifying Block Attributes

10.3.1. Understanding Block Attributes What Are Block Attributes? How Attributes Enhance the Usability of Blocks

10.3.2. Adding Attributes to Blocks Using the ‘ATTDEF’ Command Setting Attribute Parameters in the Attribute Definition Dialog Box

10.3.3. Modifying Existing Block Attributes Using the ‘ATTE’ Command Adjusting Attribute Properties in the Edit Attribute Dialog Box

10.4. Inserting Blocks from Tool Palettes

10.4.1. Understanding AutoCAD’s Tool Palettes What Are Tool Palettes? The Role of Tool Palettes in Block Management

10.4.2. Inserting Blocks from Tool Palettes Accessing Blocks on the Tool Palettes Inserting a Block from a Tool Palette into Your Drawing

11. Working with References

11.1. Understanding External References

11.1.1. What Are External References? Purpose and Importance of External References in AutoCAD Types of Files That Can Be Used as External References

11.1.2. How External References Work in AutoCAD The Role of the Reference File Path The Impact of External References on File Size and Performance

11.2. Attaching External References

11.2.1. Using the ‘XREF’ Command to Attach External References Initiating the ‘XREF’ Command Choosing the Correct Reference Type in the Attach External Reference Dialog Box

11.2.2. Setting the Attachment Point, Scale, and Rotation Choosing an Appropriate Attachment Point Adjusting the Scale and Rotation of the Reference

11.3. Modifying External References

11.3.1. Changing the Path Type of an External Reference Understanding Full, Relative, and No Paths Using the ‘XREF’ Command to Change the Path Type

11.3.2. Detaching, Reloading, and Unloading External References When and Why to Detach, Reload, or Unload an External Reference Using the ‘XREF’ Command for Detaching, Reloading, and Unloading

11.4. Managing External References

11.4.1. Organizing External References in Your Drawing Using the External References Palette for Organization Using Layers to Manage External References

11.4.2. Troubleshooting Common Issues with External References Dealing with Missing Reference Files Correcting Path Errors

12. Hatching and Gradient Fills

12.1. Using the Hatch Command

12.1.1. Fundamentals of the Hatch Command When and Why to Use the Hatch Command Understanding Hatch Boundaries

12.1.2. Executing the Hatch Command Initiating the Hatch Command Selecting Hatch Patterns and Setting Parameters

12.2. Using the Gradient Command

12.2.1. Fundamentals of the Gradient Command Understanding the Use of Gradient Fills Difference Between Hatches and Gradients

12.2.2. Executing the Gradient Command Initiating the Gradient Command Selecting Gradient Patterns and Setting Parameters

12.3. Editing Hatches and Gradients

12.3.1. Modifying Hatch and Gradient Parameters Changing Pattern, Angle, and Scale Using the Hatch Edit Command

12.3.2. Managing Hatches and Gradients with the Hatch Editor Contextual Tab Using the Hatch Editor Ribbon Tools Setting Hatch or Gradient Properties

12.4. Using Hatch Patterns and Creating Custom Patterns

12.4.1. Exploring the Default Hatch Patterns in AutoCAD Types of Predefined Hatch Patterns Selecting Appropriate Patterns for Different Purposes

12.4.2. Creating and Implementing Custom Hatch Patterns Defining Custom Hatch Patterns Saving and Implementing Custom Hatch Patterns in Drawings

13. Working with Layouts and Viewports

13.1. Understanding Paper Space and Model Space

13.1.1. Definition and Differences of Paper Space and Model Space Conceptual Understanding of Paper Space and Model Space When to Use Paper Space and Model Space

13.1.2. Navigating Between Paper Space and Model Space Using the Status Bar to Switch Spaces Understanding the Implications of Working in Different Spaces

13.2. Creating Layouts

13.2.1. Concept and Importance of Layouts The Role of Layouts in Drawing Presentation Typical Use Cases for Layouts

13.2.2. Process of Creating Layouts Using the Layout Tab to Create Layouts Configuring Layout Settings: Size, Orientation, etc.

13.3. Creating Viewports

13.3.1. Understanding the Function of Viewports How Viewports Aid in Visualizing and Navigating Drawings Types of Viewports: Polygonal, Circular, and Object Viewports

13.3.2. Procedure of Creating Viewports Using the Viewport Toolbar to Create Viewports Managing Viewport Scale and Layers

13.4. Scaling Views in Layout Viewports

13.4.1. The Need for Scaling Views in Layout Viewports Understanding Viewport Scale Determining the Appropriate Scale for Your Drawing

13.4.2. How to Scale Views in Layout Viewports Using the Scale List to Set View Scale Locking the Viewport Scale to Prevent Unintended Changes

14. Plotting and Printing

14.1. Understanding Plot Styles

14.1.1. Basics of Plot Styles Definition and Function of Plot Styles Differences Between Color-Dependent and Named Plot Styles

14.1.2. Managing Plot Style Tables Creating and Modifying Plot Style Tables Assigning Plot Styles to Layers and Objects

14.2. Plotting Drawings

14.2.1. Overview of the Plotting Process When and Why to Plot Drawings Understanding Plotter Configuration Files (PC3)

14.2.2. Executing the Plot Command Navigating the Plot Dialog Box Setting Plot Parameters: Area, Scale, Output, etc.

14.3. Saving Plot Settings with Page Setups

14.3.1. Introduction to Page Setups Purpose and Advantages of Page Setups What Settings are Included in Page Setups

14.3.2. Creating and Implementing Page Setups Accessing the Page Setup Manager Saving and Applying Page Setups to Layouts

14.4. Plotting to PDF and DWF Files

14.4.1. Understanding the Use of PDF and DWF Formats Comparing PDF and DWF: Quality, Size, Interactivity Typical Use Cases for PDF and DWF Output

14.4.2. Process of Plotting to PDF and DWF Selecting PDF or DWF in the Plot Dialog Box Configuring PDF/DWF Plot Settings: Resolution, Layers, etc.

15. Introduction to 3D Modeling in AutoCAD

15.1. Navigating the 3D Modeling Workspace

15.1.1. Understanding the 3D Modeling Workspace Layout Interface Elements Unique to the 3D Workspace Customizing the 3D Workspace Layout

15.1.2. Manipulating the ViewCube and SteeringWheel Basics of the ViewCube: Rotation, Home View, Orbiting Basics of the SteeringWheel: Walk, Look, Up/Down

15.2. Creating Solid Primitives

15.2.1. Understanding Solid Primitives Types of Solid Primitives: Box, Cylinder, Sphere, etc. Use Cases for Different Solid Primitives

15.2.2. Procedure to Create Solid Primitives Using the Command Line to Create Solids Specifying Parameters for Solid Primitives

15.3. Creating Models from 2D Profiles

15.3.1. Techniques to Generate 3D Models from 2D Profiles Extruding 2D Profiles to Create 3D Solids or Surfaces Using REVOLVE and LOFT to Create Complex 3D Shapes

15.3.2. Practical Examples of 2D to 3D Conversion Creating a 3D Building from a 2D Floor Plan Developing a 3D Terrain from a 2D Topographical Map

15.4. Creating Composite Solids

15.4.1. Concept of Composite Solids Definition and Use of Composite Solids Difference Between Composite Solids and Simple Solids

15.4.2. Steps to Create Composite Solids Using UNION, SUBTRACT, and INTERSECT Commands Modifying and Manipulating Composite Solids

15.5. Working in 3D Views

15.5.1. Understanding Different 3D Views Distinguishing Among Top, Front, Right, Isometric Views When to Use Different 3D Views

15.5.2. Techniques to Navigate and Control 3D Views Using the ViewCube to Switch Between 3D Views Applying PAN, ZOOM, and ORBIT to Control the View

16. Creating Solids and Surfaces from 2D Objects

16.1. Extruding 2D Objects

16.1.1. Understanding the Extrusion Process Definition and Applications of Extrusion Differences Between Extruding Solids and Surfaces

16.1.2. Steps for Extruding 2D Objects Choosing a Suitable Profile for Extrusion Using the EXTRUDE Command for Solids and Surfaces

16.2. Revolving 2D Objects

16.2.1. Understanding the Revolution Process Definition and Uses of Revolution in AutoCAD How Revolution Differs from Extrusion

16.2.2. Steps for Revolving 2D Objects Selecting a Suitable Profile and Axis for Revolution Using the REVOLVE Command for Solids and Surfaces

16.3. Lofting Between 2D Objects

16.3.1. Understanding the Lofting Process Definition and Benefits of Lofting Types of Lofting: Normal, Straight, and Guide

16.3.2. Steps for Lofting Between 2D Objects Preparing Suitable Profiles and Paths for Lofting Using the LOFT Command to Create Complex Shapes

16.4. Sweeping a 2D Object Along a Path

16.4.1. Understanding the Sweep Process Definition and Applications of Sweeping How Sweeping Compares to Other 3D Operations

16.4.2. Steps for Sweeping a 2D Object Along a Path Choosing an Appropriate Profile and Sweep Path Using the SWEEP Command to Create 3D Forms

17. Working with Meshes

17.1. Creating Mesh Primitives

17.1.1. Introduction to Mesh Primitives Definition and Application of Mesh Primitives Types of Mesh Primitives: Box, Cone, Cylinder, etc.

17.1.2. Using AutoCAD Commands to Create Mesh Primitives BOX Command for Mesh Creation CONE Command for Mesh Creation

17.2. Creating Meshes from 2D Objects

17.2.1. Understanding Mesh Creation from 2D Objects Differences Between Creating Meshes from 2D and 3D Objects Use Cases of 2D to Mesh Transformation

17.2.2. Techniques for Creating Meshes from 2D Objects Using the EXTRUDE Command for 2D to Mesh Using the REVOLVE Command for 2D to Mesh

17.3. Converting Meshes to Solids

17.3.1. Why Convert Meshes to Solids Understanding the Differences Between Meshes and Solids Situations Requiring Conversion from Mesh to Solid

17.3.2. Techniques for Converting Meshes to Solids Using the CONVTOSOLID Command Troubleshooting Conversion Issues

17.4. Modifying Mesh Geometry

17.4.1. Understanding Mesh Geometry and its Modification Components of Mesh Geometry: Faces, Edges, and Vertices Purpose and Use Cases for Modifying Mesh Geometry

17.4.2. Techniques for Modifying Mesh Geometry Manipulating Faces, Edges, and Vertices Using Modelling Tools for Mesh Modification
This outline offers a detailed guide through the process of creating, converting, and modifying meshes in AutoCAD. It explains the core principles, contrasts different techniques and provides insights on when to use each one.

18. Rendering and Visualizing

18.1. Understanding Rendering

18.1.1. Definition and Importance of Rendering in AutoCAD
18.1.2. Difference Between Rendering and Modeling The Role of Lighting in Rendering Texture and Material Considerations in Rendering

18.1.3. Overview of the AutoCAD Rendering Engine

18.2. Applying Materials to Objects

18.2.1. Understanding Materials in AutoCAD Types of Materials: Standard, Generic, Metal, etc. Material Attributes: Color, Transparency, Reflectivity, etc.

18.2.2. How to Apply Materials Using the Materials Browser Using the Materials Editor

18.3. Adjusting Sunlight and Other Light Sources

18.3.1. Understanding Light Sources in AutoCAD Types of Light Sources: Point, Spot, Distant, etc. Importance of Lighting in Rendering

18.3.2. Creating and Managing Light Sources Using the Tool Palette for Light Source Creation Adjusting Light Properties: Intensity, Color, Shadows, etc.

18.4. Creating a Basic Render

18.4.1. The Rendering Process Setting Up the Viewpoint Selecting the Render Destination: Window, Viewport, etc.

18.4.2. Render Settings and Output Options Render Presets: Draft, Low, Medium, High, Presentation Render Output: Image Size, Format, etc.

18.5. Creating Rendered Animations

18.5.1. Introduction to Animation in AutoCAD Understanding Keyframes and Motion Paths Benefits of Using Animated Renders

18.5.2. Creating Basic Animations Setting Up the Motion Path Rendering the Animation and Export Options

19. AutoCAD Customization Techniques

19.1. Customizing the User Interface

19.1.1. Overview of User Interface Customization
19.1.2. Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar Adding Commands to the Quick Access Toolbar Removing Commands from the Quick Access Toolbar

19.1.3. Customizing the Workspace Changing Workspace Settings Saving and Switching Between Workspaces

19.2. Recording Action Macros

19.2.1. Understanding Action Macros Benefits of Using Action Macros Limitations of Action Macros

19.2.2. Creating Action Macros Recording an Action Macro Saving and Loading Action Macros

19.2.3. Running and Managing Action Macros Assigning Macros to User Interface Elements Editing and Deleting Action Macros

19.3. Customizing the Ribbon and Tool Palettes

19.3.1. Customizing the Ribbon Adding and Removing Ribbon Tabs Adding and Removing Ribbon Panels

19.3.2. Customizing Tool Palettes Adding and Removing Tools from a Tool Palette Creating and Managing Tool Palette Groups

19.4. Writing Scripts and Loading AutoLISP Programs

19.4.1. Understanding Scripts Benefits of Using Scripts Differences Between Scripts and Macros

19.4.2. Writing and Running Scripts Basic Syntax for Script Writing Saving and Running a Script File

19.4.3. Introduction to AutoLISP Benefits of Using AutoLISP Basic Syntax for AutoLISP Programming

19.4.4. Loading AutoLISP Programs Loading AutoLISP Files on Startup Using the Visual LISP Editor

20. Understanding and Applying AutoCAD Standards

20.1. Checking Drawings for Standards Compliance

20.1.1. The Importance of Standards Compliance Consistency in Design Communication Improved Productivity and Efficiency

20.1.2. Tools for Checking Standards Compliance Standards Checker Batch Standards Checker

20.2. Configuring Standards Settings

20.2.1. Introduction to Standards Configuration Understanding AutoCAD Design Standards Navigating the Configure Standards Dialog Box

20.2.2. Adding and Removing Standards Files Adding a Standards File Removing a Standards File

20.2.3. Configuring Object Property and Layer Standards Configuring Object Property Standards Configuring Layer Standards

20.3. Associating Standards Files with Drawings

20.3.1. Understanding the Association Process Why Associate Standards Files When to Associate Standards Files

20.3.2. Associating a Standards File with a Drawing Using the Associate Standards Dialog Box Reviewing the Association Results

20.4. Resolving Standards Violations

20.4.1. Identifying Standards Violations Using the Standards Violation Dialog Box Interpreting Standards Violation Messages

20.4.2. Resolving Detected Violations Fixing Violations Manually Using the Automatic Resolve Option

20.4.3. Rechecking the Drawing After Resolving Violations Re-running the Standards Checker Reviewing the Updated Results

21. Using DesignCenter and Tool Palettes

21.1. Accessing Blocks, Layers, Styles, and Other Named Objects

21.1.1. Understanding DesignCenter Purpose and Benefits of DesignCenter Navigating DesignCenter Interface

21.1.2. Accessing and Inserting Blocks Searching for Blocks in DesignCenter Inserting Blocks into Your Drawing

21.1.3. Accessing and Using Layers Searching for Layers in DesignCenter Applying Layers in Your Drawing

21.1.4. Accessing and Applying Styles Searching for Text and Dimension Styles in DesignCenter Applying Styles in Your Drawing

21.2. Organizing Content with Tool Palettes

21.2.1. Understanding Tool Palettes Purpose and Benefits of Tool Palettes Navigating the Tool Palettes Interface

21.2.2. Creating and Customizing Tool Palettes Creating a New Tool Palette Adding Tools and Commands to Your Palette

21.2.3. Organizing and Managing Tool Palettes Reordering and Grouping Tools on Your Palette Importing and Exporting Tool Palettes

21.3. Sharing Content Between Drawings

21.3.1. Sharing Blocks and Styles Between Drawings Using DesignCenter for Sharing Blocks Using Tool Palettes for Sharing Styles

21.3.2. Sharing Layers and Other Named Objects Transferring Layers Between Drawings Transferring Other Named Objects

21.4. Using Autodesk Seek to Find Design Content

21.4.1. Introduction to Autodesk Seek Overview and Benefits of Autodesk Seek Accessing Autodesk Seek

21.4.2. Searching for Design Content in Autodesk Seek Using Search Filters Reviewing Search Results

21.4.3. Downloading and Applying Design Content from Autodesk Seek Downloading Process Importing Downloaded Content into Your Drawing

22. AutoCAD File Management

22.1. Saving and Opening Drawings

22.1.1. Methods of Saving Drawings Save vs. Save As Saving to Different File Formats Using AutoSave and Backup Files

22.1.2. Opening Drawings Using the Open Dialog Box Using the Recent Files List Opening Different File Formats

22.2. Using File Utilities (AUDIT, RECOVER)

22.2.1. Using AUDIT What AUDIT Does How to Run AUDIT Interpreting AUDIT Results

22.2.2. Using RECOVER What RECOVER Does How to Use RECOVER What to Do After Running RECOVER

22.3. Backing Up and Restoring Drawings

22.3.1. Creating Backup Files How to Set Up Automatic Backups How to Create Manual Backups

22.3.2. Restoring Drawings from Backup Files How to Locate Backup Files How to Restore a Drawing from a Backup

22.4. Using Drawing Utilities (DWGCONVERT, eTransmit)

22.4.1. Using DWGCONVERT Purpose of DWGCONVERT How to Use DWGCONVERT Situations Where DWGCONVERT is Helpful

22.4.2. Using eTransmit Purpose of eTransmit How to Use eTransmit Advantages of eTransmit Over Other Methods

23. Introduction to Parametric Drawing

23.1. Understanding Parametric Constraints

23.1.1. Concept of Parametric Constraints What are Parametric Constraints? Importance of Parametric Constraints in AutoCAD

23.1.2. Types of Parametric Constraints Geometric Constraints Dimensional Constraints

23.2. Applying Geometric Constraints

23.2.1. Types of Geometric Constraints Coincident Concentric Perpendicular, Parallel, etc.

23.2.2. How to Apply Geometric Constraints
23.2.3. Editing and Removing Geometric Constraints

23.3. Applying Dimensional Constraints

23.3.1. Types of Dimensional Constraints Dynamic Dimensional Constraints Static Dimensional Constraints

23.3.2. How to Apply Dimensional Constraints
23.3.3. Editing and Removing Dimensional Constraints

23.4. Managing Constraints

23.4.1. Understanding the Manage Constraints Panel
23.4.2. Visibility of Constraints How to Show or Hide Constraints How to Control the Display of Constraint Bars

23.4.3. Dealing with Over-constrained and Under-constrained Drawings Identifying Over-constrained and Under-constrained Situations Strategies for Resolving Constraint Conflicts

24. Introduction to Dynamic Blocks

24.1. Creating Dynamic Blocks

24.1.1. Understanding the Concept of Dynamic Blocks What are Dynamic Blocks? Benefits of Using Dynamic Blocks in AutoCAD

24.1.2. Steps to Create a Dynamic Block Starting the Block Editor Drawing the Block Geometry

24.2. Adding Parameters and Actions to Dynamic Blocks

24.2.1. Understanding Block Parameters and Actions What are Block Parameters? What are Block Actions?

24.2.2. Adding Block Parameters Point Parameter Linear Parameter, Polar Parameter, etc.

24.2.3. Adding Block Actions Move Action Stretch Action, Array Action, etc.

24.3. Using Dynamic Blocks in Drawings

24.3.1. How to Insert a Dynamic Block
24.3.2. Manipulating a Dynamic Block in a Drawing Changing the Block’s Parameters Using the Block’s Actions

24.3.3. Common Uses of Dynamic Blocks in Designs

24.4. Editing and Sharing Dynamic Blocks

24.4.1. Editing Dynamic Blocks Editing Block Definition in Block Editor Redefining Block Instances in a Drawing

24.4.2. Sharing Dynamic Blocks Saving Blocks in a Drawing Library Using DesignCenter and Tool Palettes to Share Blocks

25. Exploring the use of Macros and Scripts

25.1. Understanding AutoLISP and Visual LISP

25.1.1. Basics of AutoLISP What is AutoLISP? Benefits of Using AutoLISP

25.1.2. Introduction to Visual LISP What is Visual LISP? How Visual LISP differs from AutoLISP Advantages of Using Visual LISP

25.1.3. AutoLISP and Visual LISP in AutoCAD

25.2. Running Scripts

25.2.1. Understanding Script Files What are Script Files? Why Use Script Files?

25.2.2. Creating a Script File Steps to Create a Script File Writing Commands in Script Files

25.2.3. Running a Script File in AutoCAD How to Run a Script File

25.3. Writing and Loading LISP Routines

25.3.1. Writing a Basic LISP Routine Understanding the Syntax of LISP Examples of Basic LISP Routines

25.3.2. Loading LISP Routines into AutoCAD Loading a LISP Routine Manually Loading a LISP Routine Automatically at Startup

25.4. Using Macro Recorder

25.4.1. Understanding the Macro Recorder Feature What is the Macro Recorder? Advantages of Using the Macro Recorder

25.4.2. Recording a Macro in AutoCAD How to Record a Macro Things to Consider When Recording Macros

25.4.3. Running Recorded Macros in AutoCAD How to Run a Recorded Macro Tips for Using Recorded Macros Efficiently

26. Troubleshooting Common Issues in AutoCAD

26.1. Resolving Common Errors

26.1.1. Understanding Common AutoCAD Error Messages Error: AutoCAD is Not Responding Error: Unhandled Exception has Occurred Error: Drawing File is not Valid

26.1.2. Best Practices to Avoid Common Errors Keeping AutoCAD Updated Regular File Maintenance

26.2. Resolving Printing and Plotting Issues

26.2.1. Common Printing and Plotting Errors in AutoCAD Error: Printer Not Configured Properly Error: Print Plot Style Missing

26.2.2. Techniques to Solve Printing and Plotting Errors Checking Printer/Plotter Configuration Verifying Plot Styles

26.3. Recovering Drawings

26.3.1. Using AutoCAD’s Automatic Save Files Understanding AutoCAD’s Automatic Save Feature How to Recover a File Using Automatic Save

26.3.2. Manual Recovery Methods Recover Command Drawing Recovery Manager

26.4. Maximizing Compatibility

26.4.1. Understanding AutoCAD’s Compatibility Issues Version Compatibility Issues Compatibility with Different Operating Systems

26.4.2. Tips for Maximizing AutoCAD Compatibility Saving Files in a Backwards-Compatible Format Using the DWG Convert Utility for Older Versions

27. Tips and Tricks for Efficiency

27.1. Using Keyboard Shortcuts and Commands

27.1.1. Understanding AutoCAD’s Keyboard Shortcuts Commonly Used AutoCAD Shortcuts Customizing Your Own Shortcuts

27.1.2. Leveraging Commands for Efficiency Essential AutoCAD Commands Commands for Speeding Up Your Workflow

27.2. Using Quick Select and Filter

27.2.1. Quick Select in AutoCAD How to Use Quick Select Practical Use Cases for Quick Select

27.2.2. Using Filters for Selection Understanding Filter Command Efficiently Using Filter for Complex Selections

27.3. Customizing the Status Bar

27.3.1. Importance of the Status Bar in AutoCAD Default Tools in the Status Bar Utilizing Status Bar for Efficient Drawing

27.3.2. How to Customize the Status Bar Adding and Removing Tools from Status Bar Custom Settings for Status Bar Tools

27.4. Using Selection Cycling

27.4.1. Understanding Selection Cycling in AutoCAD What is Selection Cycling? How Selection Cycling Enhances Efficiency

27.4.2. Using Selection Cycling in Practice Enabling and Disabling Selection Cycling Selecting Overlapping Objects with Selection Cycling

28. Overview of Industry Applications of AutoCAD

28.1. AutoCAD for Architecture

28.1.1. Architectural Modeling Creating Architectural Floor Plans Creating Elevations and Sections Working with Architectural 3D Models

28.1.2. Working with Architectural Drawings Using Architectural Scales Detailing Architectural Drawings Understanding Architectural Drawing Standards

28.2. AutoCAD for Mechanical Engineering

28.2.1. Mechanical Component Design Designing Mechanical Parts Applying Mechanical Tolerances Using Mechanical Symbols and Annotations

28.2.2. Creating Assembly Drawings Preparing Assembly Drawings from Part Models Detailing Assembly Instructions Understanding Assembly Drawing Standards

28.3. AutoCAD for Electrical Engineering

28.3.1. Creating Schematic Diagrams Understanding Electrical Schematic Symbols Drawing Circuit Diagrams Detailing and Annotating Schematic Diagrams

28.3.2. Panel Layouts Designing Panel Layouts for Electrical Systems Detailing Electrical Panel Drawings Using Electrical Engineering Standards for Panel Layouts

28.4. AutoCAD for Civil Engineering

28.4.1. Site Planning Creating Site Plans with AutoCAD Understanding Site Plan Symbols and Standards Detailing Site Plans

28.4.2. Creating Maps and Topographies Using AutoCAD for Creating Maps Working with Contours and Topographies Understanding Map and Topography Standards in Civil Engineering


Upon completion of this course, you will have gained a deep understanding of AutoCAD’s functionalities and will be capable of efficiently tackling common issues, while utilizing various tips and tricks that we’ve shared throughout the journey. The final module provides an overview of AutoCAD’s industry applications, illuminating how these skills apply directly to your future career and broadening your professional horizons.

This “Free AutoCAD Course Online” is a powerful tool, equipping you to meet and exceed industry standards. With self-paced learning, you can master each topic at your own speed, ensuring a thorough understanding and strong foundation in AutoCAD. So, gear up for an exciting and transformative learning experience that will not only build your skill set, but also increase your marketability in numerous professional sectors. Remember, learning is a journey, and every journey begins with a single step. Take that step with us today!

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