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Join author Jeff Bartels as he explores the world of references—a tool that allows you to link and reuse external content in AutoCAD. The course covers creating and leveraging block symbols, linking to external drawings or Xrefs, and inserting images into projects. The final chapter includes a drawing challenge, where designers are asked to incorporate references into a drawing, and a demo where Jeff shows how to solve the challenge.
Hi! I am Jeff Bartels. Welcome to AutoCAD Essentials 5, Working With References. In this title, we'll explore how AutoCAD allows us to save time by leveraging our existing content. We'll start by looking at blocks. Blocks represent symbols that can be inserted using a couple clicks of the mouse. I'll show you how to create and edit these blocks, and I'll show you how existing blocks can be incorporated into any drawing. Next we'll create external references, such that we can link drawing files together.
I'll show you how to take advantage of this concept, so the changes made in one drawing will automatically display in all of the others. External references can also be used to incorporate images into a design. AutoCAD will then display and print these images with the same fidelity you'd expect from a photo editing program. I'll show you how to properly attach an image, and control its display in the drawing. Finally, I'll give you an opportunity to take the skills you've learned in this title, and apply them to a small project. So whenever you're ready, follow me, and we'll get started.
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