Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Drawing lines, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional.
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- We're now in the next section of our AutoCAD professional certification course. And we're going to be looking at drawing objects, utilizing some of the basic drawing skills that we gained in the previous section. Now in this particular section I'm going to use the one AutoCAD drawing file to work my way through all of the videos. There is also a blank drawing file for you to start with to follow along with the videos. So you'll notice at the top of the screen, I have 3_Drawing Objects_COMPLETE.dwg open.
3_Drawing Objects_COMPLETE.dwg open. This will end up being saved each time as per each video, so that you then have a completed version available to you in your Lynda.com exercises. There will also be another drawing file, 3_Drawing Objects.dwg. This is a blank drawing file for you to use to follow along with the videos. Now, let's make sure that we've got some settings set up before we start drawing lines in this particular video.
Go to the home tab on your ribbon, and go to your Layers panel, and make sure that your layer is set to Object, like so, and then also down here, make sure that you are in your Model tab. Do all of your design work for this particular exercise in your model tab. Now, also you need to make sure that a couple of drafting settings are up. So down here on the status bar just make that your Dynamic Input is on. You can see the icon there is blue, and it's telling me that it's On in the little fly-out menu there.
And also make sure that your Polar Tracking is On here, as well, because we'll be utilizing that to draft accurately and neatly, using specified angles. Now we are going to go to the Line command which is in the home tab again on the ribbon here in the draw panel. Click on your line command like so, and then come into the drawing area. Now it's prompting you for the first point of your line using dynamic input. We're going to start at 0,0 so in the box there highlighted in type 0, and then press the comma key or the tab key to go to the Y-coordinate box and also type in 0 again and then press enter.
And you'll notice now that the line is kind of off the bottom of the screen a little bit there. Don't worry, just hold down the wheel on the mouse, pan upwards a bit and you'll see, can you see, there's a little grayed out kind of line setting there? And as you come up and release the mouse, can you see? There's the Y X indicating where 0,0 is and you can see that our line is started at that intersection of Y and X there. Now, using the polar tracking drag the mouse upwards vertically. Can you see? Up like that, as if you're lining in parallel with the Y there.
So we are going upwards like that, and in the direct distance entry box there, you are going to type in a distance of 20 units and press enter. Now you may notice that the line goes off the top of the screen. Don't worry, just roll back on the mouse a little bit, roll back on the wheel, and pan down a bit, and you just have to keep doing that little bit until you can see where the line ends, like so. And there is the end of my line there. Now we are going to do this all as one continuous set of line segments using the dynamic input, direct distance entry of polar tracking.
So I'm now going to drag the mouse horizontally to the right, making sure that the polar tracking now locks in at zero degrees, going off horizontally to the right there. And in the direct distance entry box we are going to type in 10 and press enter. And then I drag the mouse downwards, so I get a nice vertical downwards line. Again you'll see the polar is now at 270. Type in 5, press enter. I then drag across to the right again at the 0 degrees 10 again, like before, press enter.
Vertically upwards, like so, and you'll see there 5 in the direct distance entry and press enter. And then drag across again, and again this will be 10 again, Fairly regular measurements, and press enter. And then I come vertically downwards to do the right hand side of the shape. Type in 20 again like we did for the left hand side and press enter. And you'll notice now that I am at this point here. Now because this is a continuous set of line segments, and I haven't deviated from that actual continuous set of segments, I can right click and on the shortcut menu just select close.
That will close the last line to where I started at 0,0. So what you've done there is you've utilized dynamic input, polar tracking, and direct distance entry to create a group of lines and create the shape that we are going to work with in this particular set of videos.
- Creating and publishing AutoCAD files
- Drawing shapes and lines
- Creating isometric drawings
- Transforming objects
- Creating and using arrays
- Organizing objects and layers
- Reusing content with blocks
- Adding text, dimensions, multileaders, and scales
- Creating layouts
- Setting printing and plotting options