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AutoCAD 2018 Beyond the Basics

The AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT 2018: Beyond the Basics continues on from the topics covered in the AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT 2018: Essentials course.

It covers more sophisticated techniques that extend your mastery of the software. For example, here you go beyond the basic skill of inserting a block to learning how to create blocks, and beyond the basic skill of using a template to understand the process of setting up a template.

Learning Objectives

Use more advanced editing and construction techniques.

  •   Add parametric constraints to objects.
  •   Create local and global blocks.
  •   Set up layers, styles, and templates.
  •   Use advanced plotting and publishing options.


Knowledge of AutoCAD basics as taught in AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT: Essentials, or equivalent experience.

  •   A working knowledge of basic design/drafting procedures and terminology.
  •   A working knowledge of your operating system.

Course Content

Chapter 1: Working Effectively with AutoCAD

  •   Creating a Custom Workspace
  •   Docking and Hiding Palettes
  •   Setting Up the Ribbon
  •   Practice 1a Setting Up Workspaces
  •   Using the Keyboard Effectively
  •   Command Aliases
  •   Shortcut Keys
  •   Function Keys
  •   Practice 1b Using the Keyboard Effectively
  •   Object Creation, Selection, and Visibility
  •   Object Creation
  •   Selecting Similar Objects
  •   Object Selection Cycling
  •   Object Visibility
  •   Setting Transparency
  •   Practice 1c Object Creation, Selection, and Visibility
  •   Working in Multiple Drawings
  •   File Tabs
  •   Selecting Drawings in the Application Menu
  •   Copying and Pasting Between Drawings
  •   Match Properties Across Drawings
  •   Practice 1d Working in Multiple Drawings
  •   Using Grips Effectively
  •   Changing the Base Point
  •   Copying with Grips
  •   Rotate and Scale with the Reference Option
  •   Stretching Multiple Objects
  •   Grip Settings
  •   Practice 1e Using Grips Effectively
  •   Additional Layer Tools
  •   Changing Object Layer States
  •   Isolating Layers
  •   Changing an Object’s Layer
  •   Modifying Layers
  •   Layer Walk
  •   Practice 1f Layer Tools
  •   Chapter Review Questions
  •   Command Summary
Chapter 2: Accurate Positioning
  •   Coordinate Entry
  •   Absolute Cartesian Coordinates (X,Y)
  •   Relative Cartesian Coordinates (@X,Y)
  •   Relative Polar Coordinates (@Distance< Angle)
  •   Notes on Coordinate Entry
  •   Practice 2a Drawing Using Coordinate Entry
  •   Locating Points with Tracking
  •   Object Snap Tracking Review
  •   Temporary Track Point
  •   Practice 2b Locating Points with Tracking (Mechanical)
  •   Practice 2c Locating Points with Tracking (Architectural)
  •   Construction Lines
  •   Rays
  •   Practice 2d Construction Lines
  •   Placing Reference Points
  •   Creating Groups of Points
  •   Practice 2e Placing Points
  •   Chapter Review Questions
  •   Command Summary
Chapter 3: Projects: Productivity Tools
  •   Schematic Project: Purifier Unit
  •   Mechanical Project: 2 Views
  •   Architectural/Civil Project: Formal Garden
  •   Mechanical Project: Cover Plate
  •   Architectural Project: Addition
  •   Mechanical Project: Block
  •   Mechanical Project: Plate
Chapter 4: Parametric Drawing
  •   Working with Constraints
  •   Geometric Constraints
  •   Auto Constraining Objects
  •   Specifying Geometric Constraints
  •   Constraint Bars
  •   Modifying Geometrical Constraints
  •   Deleting Constraints
  •   Constraint Settings
  •   Dimensional Constraints
  •   Modifying Dimensional Constraints
  •   Formulas in Constraints
  •   Practice 4a Working with Constraints
  •   Chapter Review Questions
  •   Command Summary
Chapter 5: Working with Blocks
  •   Creating Blocks
  •   Creating Single Named Objects
  •   Block Settings
  •   Creating Drawing Files from Objects (WBlock)
  •   Editing Blocks
  •   Practice 5a Create and Edit Blocks
  •   Removing Unused Elements
  •   Practice 5b Purging
  •   Adding Blocks to Tool Palettes
  •   Modifying Tool Properties in Tool Palettes
  •   Modifying Tool Properties
  •   Redefining Blocks in Tool Palettes
  •   Practice 5c Modifying Tool Properties
  •   Chapter Review Questions
  •   Command Summary
Chapter 6: Projects: Creating and Organizing Blocks
  •   Mechanical Project: Control Panel
  •   Architectural Project: Furniture Layout
  •   Civil Project: Utility Layout
Chapter 7: Creating Templates
  •   Why Use Templates?
  •   Drawing Standards
  •   Controlling Units Display
  •   Drawing Limits
  •   Creating New Layers
  •   Layer Properties Manager
  •   Other Layer Options
  •   Adding Standard Layouts to Templates
  •   Working in the Page Setup Manager
  •   Setting Up Layouts to Use in a Template
  •   Saving Templates
  •   Practice 7a Saving a Template
  •   Chapter Review Questions
  •   Command Summary
Chapter 8: Advanced Layouts
  •   Creating and Using Named Views
  •   Advanced Viewport Options
  •   Creating Viewports from Named Views
  •   Clipping Viewports
  •   Layer Overrides in Viewports
  •   Overriding Layer Properties in Viewports
  •   Freezing Layers in Viewports
  •   Practice 8a Viewports and Named Views
  •   Additional Annotative Scale Features
  •   Modifying Annotative Object Scales
  •   Practice 8b Additional Annotative Scale Features
  •   Chapter Review Questions
  •   Command Summary
Chapter 9: Annotation Styles
  •   Creating Text Styles
  •   Practice 9a Creating and Using Text Styles
  •   Creating Dimension Styles
  •   Modifying Dimension Styles
  •   Creating Dimension Sub-Styles
  •   Practice 9b Creating Dimension Styles (Architectural)
  •   Practice 9c Dimension Styles (Mechanical)
  •   Creating Multileader Styles
  •   Practice 9d Creating Multileader Styles
  •   Chapter Review Questions
  •   Command Summary
Chapter 10: Projects: Drawing Setup and Utilities
  •   Interiors Project
  •   Mechanical/Schematic Project
  •   Civil/Map Project
  •   Mechanical Project: Dimension Styles
Chapter 11: External References
  •   Attaching External References
  •   External References Palette
  •   Modifying External References
  •   Opening Reference Files
  •   Detaching and Unloading Reference Files
  •   Clipping Reference Files
  •   Modifying References
  •   Reference File Properties
  •   DWF Specific Adjustments
  •   Xref Specific Information
  •   Attachments vs Overlays
  •   Xref Layers
  •   Binding Drawing Reference Files
  •   Binding Drawing Reference File Components
  •   Demand Loading
  •   Practice 11a Attaching External References
  •   Chapter Review Questions
  •   Command Summary
Chapter 12: Projects: Drawing
  •   ISO A1 Title Block (36x24)
  •   Mechanical Project: Drill Press Base
  •   Architectural Project: Office Tower
  •   P&ID Project: Oil Lubrication System
  •   Civil Project: Warehouse Site
  •   Appendix A: Optional Topics
  •   Using QuickCalc
  •   Additional Zoom Commands
  •   Additional Text Tools
  •   Creating Single Line Text
  •   Editing Single Line Text
  •   Justify Text
  •   Scale Text
  •   Model Space Text and Paper Space Text
  •   Convert Text to Mtext
  •   Additional Dimensioning Tools
  •   Dimension Style Manager
  •   Inspection Dimensions
  •   Creating Boundaries and Regions
  •   Creating Boundaries
  •   Working with Regions
  •   Combining Regions
  •   Modifying Length
  •   Chapter Review Questions
  •   Command Summary
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