Mastering AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012: Autodesk Official Training Guide

  • 20h 42m
  • George Omura, Rick Graham
  • Sybex
  • 2011

Learn to master the AutoCAD software

This Autodesk Official Training guide is a comprehensive reference and tutorial that will help you quickly master AutoCAD software. Featuring concise explanations, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects based on real-world designs, this Autodesk Official Training Guide covers everything from interface best practices to hatches, fields, dynamic blocks, attributes, linking drawings to databases, rendering realistic views, and presenting designs. This Mastering book is recommended as a Certification Preparation study guide resource for the AutoCAD Associate and Professional exams.

  • Serves as an in-depth resource on the fundamentals, functions, and features of AutoCAD, the popular 2D and 3D drawing software, and its less expensive version AutoCAD LT
  • Describes how to effectively use hatches, fields, and tables; execute 3D modeling, imaging, and customizing; work with dynamic blocks, drawing curves, and solid fills; and more
  • Shares helpful examples, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on projects from award-winning author and CAD specialist George Omura

This detailed tutorial is mandatory reading if you're eager to become proficient with AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT.

About the Authors

George Omura is a licensed architect and Autodesk Authorized Author who has more than 30 years of experience in architecture and has been using AutoCAD for more than 20 years. He has worked on design projects ranging from resort hotels to metropolitan transit systems to the San Francisco Library project. He is the all-time bestselling AutoCAD author and was cited as favorite CAD author by members of the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) in AUGIWorld magazine's "Best of Everything CAD" issue.

Rick Graham is a CAD/IT Manager at James R. Holley & Associates, Inc. He has been using (and supporting users of) AutoCAD and other Autodesk products for over 20 years. Rick has multidiscipline experience, from architecture to civil engineering. He is currently serving as president of his local AUGI chapter and has presented various topics. He is a speaker at Autodesk University, and he coauthored Mastering AutoCAD for Mac, Introducing AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010, and Mastering AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012. Rick is involved with several blogs, social networking, beta test sites, and user groups.

In this Book

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Exploring the AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Interface
  • Creating Your First Drawing
  • Setting up and Using AutoCAD's Drafting Tools
  • Organizing Objects with Blocks and Groups
  • Keeping Track of Layers and Blocks
  • Editing and Reusing Data to Work Efficiently
  • Mastering Viewing Tools, Hatches, and External References
  • Introducing Printing, Plotting, and Layouts
  • Understanding Plot Styles
  • Adding Text to Drawings
  • Using Fields and Tables
  • Using Dimensions
  • Using Attributes
  • Copying Existing Drawings into AutoCAD
  • Advanced Editing and Organizing
  • Laying Out Your Printer Output
  • Making “Smart” Drawings with Parametric Tools
  • Using Dynamic Blocks
  • Drawing Curves
  • Getting and Exchanging Data from Drawings
  • Creating 3D Drawings
  • Using Advanced 3D Features
  • Rendering 3D Drawings
  • Editing and Visualizing 3D Solids
  • Exploring 3D Mesh and Surface Modeling
  • Customizing Toolbars, Menus, Linetypes, and Hatch Patterns
  • Managing and Sharing Your Drawings
  • Using the Express Tools
  • Exploring AutoLISP
  • Keeping a Project Organized with Sheet Sets
  • Hardware and Software Tips
  • System Variables and Dimension Styles