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Drawing rectangles

From: AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

Video: Drawing rectangles

In this lesson, we're going to learn how to draft a little bit faster. We're going to take a look at AutoCAD's Rectangle command. Rectangle allows us to create rectangular shapes in just a couple of steps. Now, the Rectangle Tool is in the Draw panel of our Ribbon. I'm going to move up and click the icon to launch the command. Now, what does AutoCAD need to create a rectangle? Well, it needs the location of the opposite corners. Watch this. I'll click a point on screen to start my rectangle and then I'm going to move to the upper-right and click again to finish it. Now that my rectangle is finished, I'm going to click to select it and notice that AutoCAD views this geometry as a single entity.

Drawing rectangles

In this lesson, we're going to learn how to draft a little bit faster. We're going to take a look at AutoCAD's Rectangle command. Rectangle allows us to create rectangular shapes in just a couple of steps. Now, the Rectangle Tool is in the Draw panel of our Ribbon. I'm going to move up and click the icon to launch the command. Now, what does AutoCAD need to create a rectangle? Well, it needs the location of the opposite corners. Watch this. I'll click a point on screen to start my rectangle and then I'm going to move to the upper-right and click again to finish it. Now that my rectangle is finished, I'm going to click to select it and notice that AutoCAD views this geometry as a single entity.

In fact, if you want to be good technical, this entity is considered a poly line, meaning, it's a multi-segmented line. Now, this rectangle's nice, but it doesn't have any geometric value. Let's create another rectangle, and this time we'll be entering real dimensions. I'm going to hit my Escape key to deselect this rectangle and let me mention that this drawing is an architectural example. We can see that by opening up the Application menu. I'll come down to Drawing Utilities and I'll select Units. We can see Architectural right here. Since this drawing is set to Architectural, I'll need to enter the apostrophe and quotes in my distances to identify feet and inches.

I'm going to click OK to close this. Then I'll move up and relaunch the Rectangle command and let's see if we can use the tool to replicate the rectangular shape of this Ping-Pong table. I'm going to start my rectangle by clicking right here and now, take a look at the command line. Notice there's a sub- option here called Dimensions. I'm going to right-click to access the sub-options, I'll select Dimensions and now all I have to do is answer AutoCAD's questions. First of all, AutoCAD wants the length of my rectangle. The length is the East-West direction or the direction along the X-axis.

In this case, I'm going to type 5 feet, Enter. Now, what's the width for my rectangle? That's going to be the North-South distance or the distance along the Y-axis. I'll type 9 feet, Enter, and notice I'm still on the command. That's because AutoCAD still needs to know where the opposite corner is. Based on the dimensions I gave from my starting corner, the opposite corner could be over here to the upper-left, could be over here to the upper-right, lower-right or lower-left. So, I'm going to place my cursor in this area and click to finish the rectangle.

Knowing what we know now, let's pan the drawing over and we'll try and use this tool in a practical example. This geometry we see over here to the right represents a couch. Let's see if we can create a similar couch positioned on the other side of the ping-pong table. First of all, I can see this couch measures 3 feet from the middle of the table. So, I'm going to launch the Rectangle command and let's find that location using temporary tracking. I'm going to type TK, Enter. Now, my first tracking point is going to be the Shift+Right-click, I'll select Intersection from the Object Snap menu, I'll click the Intersection right here, and then I'll pull to the left and I'll type a distance of 3 feet, Enter.

Now that I'm at my desired location, I'll hit Enter to start my rectangle. I'm going to draw this lower seat cushion first. So, let's right-click, select Dimensions from the menu and this seat cushion has a length of 1 foot, 11 inches, Enter and it has a width of 2 feet, 6 inches, Enter. Finally, I'll move my cursor down here so my rectangle is in the right location, and I'll click to accept it. Let's create another rectangle. I'm going to press the Spacebar to relaunch the command. I'll start the next rectangle from this endpoint.

I'll right-click and select Dimensions, and notice that AutoCAD is remembering my previous measurements, which is perfect, because the next rectangle is the same size as the last one. So, I'm going to hit Enter to accept the length and the width, and then I'll click on screen to finish the shape. Now, let's draw this rectangle that represents the lower backrest. I'm going to relaunch the command by pressing the Spacebar, I'll start my rectangle at this endpoint, right- click and select Dimensions, this rectangle has a length of 7 inches, Enter, and it has a width of 2 feet, 6 inches, I'm going to hit Enter to accept the default, and then I'll click on screen to finish the shape.

Let's go right back into the command, I'll start my rectangle from right here and in this case, I don't have to enter dimensions. I want my rectangle to go to this endpoint. Remember that AutoCAD is really only interested in the location of the opposite corners, and in this case, I had an object snap at both places. I'm going to relaunch the Rectangle command, I'd like to start my next rectangle from this corner, I'll right-click, select Dimensions and this armrest has a length of 1 foot, 11 inches, Enter and it has a width of 7 inches, Enter. I will then move my cursor up to make sure that my rectangles are on the appropriate side and I'll click to finish.

Let's do one more, I'll hit the Spacebar to go back into the command, I'll start with the rectangle from this endpoint, I'll access my Dimensions sub-option and then I'll hit Enter to accept the last couple dimensions. Finally, I'll move outside and click to finish the rectangle. Rectangular shapes are a huge part of two-dimensional drafting and I'm sure you'll agree that the Rectangle command allows us to draw these shapes four times faster than the Line command.

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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding model space
      3m 44s
    2. Accessing AutoCAD's tools
      3m 2s
    3. Leveraging dockable palettes
      3m 1s
    4. Monitoring the Status bar
      1m 28s
    5. Understanding the anatomy of a command
      2m 14s
    6. Customizing AutoCAD's preferences
      3m 13s
    7. Accessing help
      3m 38s
    8. Saving a workspace
      3m 13s
  3. 19m 42s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 2s
    2. Understanding mouse functions
      2m 44s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      4m 24s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      2m 39s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 29s
    6. Saving time with templates
      4m 24s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Constructing lines
      2m 20s
    2. Locking angles with the Ortho and Polar modes
      4m 49s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 10s
    4. Activating the Heads-Up Display
      3m 16s
  5. 14m 48s
    1. Defining a unit of measure
      6m 28s
    2. Constructing geometry using architectural measurements
      4m 6s
    3. Working with metric units
      4m 14s
  6. 23m 45s
    1. Understanding the Cartesian coordinate system
      4m 53s
    2. Locking to geometry using object snaps
      7m 42s
    3. Automating object snap selection
      7m 26s
    4. Using temporary tracking to find points in space
      3m 44s
  7. 19m 30s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 56s
    2. Drawing polygons
      3m 4s
    3. Creating an ellipse
      5m 9s
    4. Organizing with hatch patterns
      6m 21s
  8. 29m 46s
    1. Making geometric changes using the property changer
      3m 38s
    2. Moving and copying elements
      4m 28s
    3. Rotating elements
      3m 48s
    4. Trimming and extending geometry
      5m 10s
    5. Creating offsets
      6m 16s
    6. Erasing elements
      2m 46s
    7. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 40s
  9. 11m 52s
    1. Selecting objects using windows
      3m 46s
    2. Adding and removing from selections
      3m 43s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      4m 23s
  10. 51m 12s
    1. Creating fillets
      3m 52s
    2. Creating chamfers
      3m 51s
    3. Copying objects into a rotated pattern
      4m 20s
    4. Copying objects into a rectangular pattern
      4m 58s
    5. Stretching elements
      4m 4s
    6. Creating mirrored copies
      2m 12s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 0s
    8. Leveraging grips
      7m 20s
    9. Exploding elements
      5m 47s
    10. Joining elements together
      3m 44s
    11. Editing hatch patterns
      6m 4s
  11. 32m 19s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 43s
    2. Creating and adjusting layers
      7m 20s
    3. Using layers to organize a drawing
      9m 17s
    4. Changing popular settings using the layer control
      3m 30s
    5. Understanding the BYLAYER property
      3m 37s
    6. Restoring previous layer states
      3m 42s
    7. Using existing geometry to set the current layer
      2m 10s
  12. 37m 43s
    1. Creating single-line text
      3m 11s
    2. Justifying text
      5m 18s
    3. Controlling appearance using text styles
      6m 10s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 10s
    5. Editing text
      4m 32s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 29s
    7. Incorporating symbols
      5m 28s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      4m 25s
  13. 28m 37s
    1. Creating general dimensions
      4m 13s
    2. Creating continuous and baseline dimensions
      2m 13s
    3. Controlling appearance using dimension styles
      4m 57s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      6m 6s
    5. Creating multileaders
      2m 53s
    6. Controlling appearance using multileader styles
      3m 23s
    7. Modifying multileaders
      4m 52s
  14. 25m 19s
    1. Inserting blocks
      4m 34s
    2. Creating blocks
      6m 41s
    3. Leveraging blocks
      5m 39s
    4. Redefining blocks
      3m 1s
    5. Building a block library
      5m 24s
  15. 13m 50s
    1. Querying a drawing using rollover tooltips
      2m 9s
    2. Taking measurements using the Distance command
      3m 2s
    3. Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool
      4m 25s
    4. Automating calculations using the Quick Calculator feature
      4m 14s
  16. 36m 6s
    1. Creating quick plots
      6m 4s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 48s
    3. Choosing line weights
      4m 32s
    4. Creating a layout, pt. 1: Choosing a paper size
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a layout, pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      2m 29s
    6. Creating a layout, pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      6m 9s
    7. Reusing layouts
      4m 3s
    8. Organizing layouts
      4m 19s
  17. 16m 49s
    1. Using the Annotative property to automatically size text
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Annotative property to automatically size dimensions
      4m 34s
    3. Using the Annotative property to automatically size multileaders
      3m 58s
    4. Changing the scale assigned to annotations
      4m 4s
  18. 6m 56s
    1. Saving drawings to other formats
      2m 27s
    2. Plotting to the Design Web format
      2m 15s
    3. Plotting to PDF
      1m 20s
    4. Sending drawings via email
      54s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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