AutoCAD 2016 and AutoCAD LT 2016 Essentials

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AutoCAD 2016 and AutoCAD LT 2016 Essentials

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Contents at a Glance

Introduction xi
CHAPTER 1 Getting Started …………………………………………….1
CHAPTER 2 Gaining Basic Drawing Skills …………………………………………….15
CHAPTER 3 Using Drawing Aids …………………………………………….41
CHAPTER 4 Editing Entities …………………………………………….57
CHAPTER 5 Shaping Curves……………………………………………. 83
CHAPTER 6 Controlling Object Visibility and Appearance …………………………………………….103
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 …………………………………………….195
CHAPTER 11 Dimensioning …………………………………………….211
CHAPTER 12 Keeping In Control with Constraints …………………………………………….231
CHAPTER 13 Working with Layouts and Annotative Objects …………………………………………….245
CHAPTER 14 Printing and Plotting …………………………………………….267
CHAPTER 15 Working with Data …………………………………………….291
CHAPTER 16 Navigating 3D Models …………………………………………….321
CHAPTER 17 Modeling in 3D …………………………………………….341
CHAPTER 18 Presenting and Documenting 3D Design……………………………………………. 373
APPENDIX Autodesk® AutoCAD 2016 Certifi cation …………………………………………….397
Index …………………………………………….401

Introduction

The staying power of the AutoCAD® program is legendary in the ever-changing software industry, having been around for 34 years by the 2016 release. You can rest assured that spending your time learning AutoCAD will be a wise investment, and the skills you obtain in this book will be useful for years to come. I welcome you in beginning the process of learning AutoCAD. It will give you great satisfaction to learn such a complex program and use it to design and document whatever you dream up. You’ll find step-by-step tutorials that reveal a wide variety of techniques built on many years of real-world experience. The first 14 chapters apply to both AutoCAD® 2016 and AutoCAD LT® 2016. AutoCAD LT is Autodesk’s lower-cost version of AutoCAD, and it has reduced capabilities. Chapters 15 through 18 are for full AutoCAD users only, because they cover advanced tools not available in AutoCAD LT, including attributes, 3D navigation, 3D modeling, and rendering.

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