AutoCAD 2013 Essentials: 03 Editing and Organizing Drawings

with Jeff Bartels
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AutoCAD 2013 Essentials: 03 Editing and Organizing Drawings
Video duration: 0s 2h 10m Beginner


Properly managing a drawing is essential to being productive in AutoCAD. In this course, author Jeff Bartels concentrates on the Autodesk AutoCAD tools and features dedicated to organizing and editing geometry. The course covers making selections, creating and adjusting layers, identifying objects with hatch patterns, and scaling, exploding, and joining elements. It also includes lessons on creating fillets and chamfers, copying existing objects into rectangular or circular patterns, and accessing specialized tools that make measurements and calculations a lot easier.

Topics include:
  • Adding and removing from selections
  • Stretching elements
  • Creating mirrored copies
  • Leveraging grips
  • Editing hatch patterns
  • Using layers to organize a drawing
  • Changing layer states
  • Understanding the BYLAYER property
  • Taking measurements
  • Automating calculations with the Quick Calculator
  • Constructing a multi-view part


- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Jeff Bartels. Welcome to AutoCAD Essentials 3: Editing and Organizing Drawings. In this title, we'll dive deeper into AutoCAD's tool set such that we can further refine our designs and prepare them for production. We'll also learn how to control the appearance of our geometry using layers, line types, and colors. Using shortcut keys and polygonal shapes, we'll learn how to select multiple objects by going beyond traditional windows. When it comes to editing drawings, we'll expand on our skill set and incorporate specialized tools used to resize and reshape geometry.

We'll also learn efficient ways to copy entities into rotational or rectangular patterns. We will even bypass the rhythm and learn how to modify geometry using grips. These little blue handles are one of AutoCAD's most powerful editing choices. Finally, we'll learn how to use the Layer Properties Manager to organize our drawings using logical layers, colors, and line types. When you're ready, follow me and we'll get started.

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