AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: Autodesk Official Press

AutoCAD 2014 Essentials: Autodesk Official Press

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By (author) Scott Onstott

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 234mm x 25mm | 907g
  • Publication date: 13 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118575091
  • ISBN 13: 9781118575093
  • Illustrations note: illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (colour)
  • Sales rank: 306,148

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Learn crucial AutoCAD tools and techniques with this Autodesk Official Press Book Quickly become productive using AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 with this full color Autodesk Official Press guide. This unique learning resource features concise, straightforward explanations and real-world, hands-on exercises and tutorials. Following a quick discussion of concepts and goals, each chapter moves on to an approachable hands-on exercise designed to reinforce real-world tactics and techniques. Compelling, full-color screenshots illustrate tutorial steps, and chapters conclude with related and more open-ended projects to further reinforce the chapter's lessons. Starting and ending files for the exercises are also available for download, so you can compare your results with those of professionals. You'll follow a workflow-based approach that mirrors the development of projects in the real world, learning 2D drawing skills, editing entities, working with splines and polylines, using layers and objects, creating and editing text, dimensioning, modeling in 3D, and much more. Hands-on exercises and their downloadable tutorial files are based on the real-world task of drawing a house Covers crucial features and techniques, including 2D drawing working with layers, organizing objects with groups and blocks, using hatch patterns and gradients, using constraints and layouts, importing data, 3D modeling, and Includes content to help prepare you for Autodesk's AutoCAD certification program AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 Essentials is the Autodesk Official Press guide that helps you quickly and confidently learn the newest version of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.

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Scott Onstott is a consultant, lecturer, author, and independent video producer with 15 years of experience teaching and writing about architectural and design visualization software. He is the author of the two previous editions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT Essentials and Enhancing Architectural Drawings and Models with Photoshop , and coauthor of AutoCAD: Professional Tips and Techniques .

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"The book provides a useful introduction to AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 for the novice or experienced draughtsperson embarking on the use of AutoCAD 2014." (The Structural Engineer, February 2014).

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Learn AutoCAD Quickly and EasilyMaster the fundamentals of Autodesk's powerhouse architectural, engineering, and construction software with this practical, task-based guide. Using straightforward explanations, hands-on exercises, and full-color screenshots and examples, ""AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014 Essentials"" gets you quickly up to speed on AutoCAD's core features and functions. In addition, you'll gain a solid understanding of 3D design concepts and real-world techniques that will elevate your drawing skills. This updated new edition covers the new geolocation feature and also helps you prepare for the AutoCAD certification exams.Learn these AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT essentials--and more: 2D drawing basics--lines, circles, arcs, fillets, and moreEditing entities and shaping curvesOrganizing objects with blocks, groups, and xrefsLocating your project in the real world using geolocationDrawing and manipulating objects in 3D spaceApplying dimension styles and adding constraintsUsing 3D toolsets to build and document 3D modelsCreating photorealistic renderings and dynamic walkthroughs Learn how to draw and manipulate objects, blocks, and hatchesCreate beautiful photorealistic renderings of 3D modelsThis striking ""Essentials ""book features: Chapter-opening learning objectivesStep-by-step tutorialsFull-color screenshots and illustrationsConcise chapter summaries and suggested practice exercisesDownloadable exercise files

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Get ting Started 1 Chapter 2 Basic Drawing Skills 15 Chapter 3 Using Drawing Aids 41 Chapter 4 Editing Entities 57 Chapter 5 Shaping Curves 85 Chapter 6 Controlling Object Visibility and Appearance 105 Chapter 7 Organizing Objects 129 Chapter 8 Hatching and Gradients 153 Chapter 9 Working with Blocks and Xrefs 171 Chapter 10 Creating and Editing Text 193 Chapter 11 Dimensioning 207 Chapter 12 Keeping In Control with Constraints 227 Chapter 13 Working with Layouts and Annotative Objects 241 Chapter 14 Printing and Plotting 263 Chapter 15 Working with Data 289 Chapter 16 Navigating 3D Models 317 Chapter 17 Modeling in 3D 337 Chapter 18 Presenting and Documenting 3D Design 365 Appendix Autodesk AutoCAD 2014 Certif ication 389 Index 397