Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Drawing rectangles, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- We're staying in the 3_Drawing Objects_COMPLETE.dwg file and you'll notice that I've saved it and kept the lines that were drawn in the previous video. The idea being that we build this drawing up to end up with a completed drawing. Obviously, you can use the blank 3_Drawing Objects.dwg file to follow along. Now, what we're going to do in this particular video is create some rectangles. Now, rectangles are basically a four-sided polyline, and the "Rectangle" command allows you to define the coordinates of two opposing diagonal corners of those rectangles.
Now, if we go over to the "Home" tab here on the ribbon and go into the "Draw" panel you will find the "Rectangle" command here. Click on the fly-out here and you've got "Rectangle" and "Polygon." Select "Rectangle" and come into the drawing area. Now, because I've got Dynamic Input switched on, as per the previous video, it's asking me for the first corner point of my rectangle. Now, the good thing is-- because we're using that 0,0 as the bottom left corner of the lines where the Y and the X are, the origin of the drawing at the moment-- we can now work from 0,0 and all of these coordinates tie into that 0,0 origin point.
So my first rectangle is going to start at 2,2 like that. So I type in "2" press the comma key, type in "2" again for the Y coordinate, press "enter" and you'll see that my rectangle now, can you see if I drag, it's starting at that 2,2. Now, the good thing about rectangles is the other corner point is relative to that 2,2. So, the 2,2 that I've just set up as the first corner of the rectangle becomes, in essence, a temporary 0,0.
So the coordinates I type in now are from that 2,2 point. And I'm going to set my rectangle to be 6-1/2 by 11-1/2. So in the X direction 6.5 in the box, press the "comma" key, and then 11.5 in the Y coordinate box. If I press "enter" now you'll see there's my rectangle nice and neat and tidy placed without any fuss whatsoever. That's how quick and easy it is to draw a rectangle in AutoCAD. Now, what I'm going to do is repeat the command.
Now I can just press "enter" and that will repeat the rectangle command for me, or I can right click and select "Repeat Rectangle" on the "Shortcut Menu." So, the first corner point of the next rectangle is going to be 18,4. So we're going to to go 18 in the X direction "comma" 4. And that's from the 0,0 point where the XY is in the bottom left corner. So I press "enter" again once I've put in the first corner point, and you can see that we start there. So there's our corner there, and it's relative, remember.
So this time I'm going to make my rectangle 8.5 by 5.5. So, in the coordinates here, just drag it out a little bit, it doesn't matter where you take the mouse to at the moment, and I'm gonna type in 8.5 there "comma" 4.5. So, it's 8.5 in the X direction, 4.5 in the Y direction. If I press "enter" you'll see that's a smaller rectangle but it's in the "Landscape" setting because the X value is bigger than the Y value; whereas, in the previous rectangle it was the other way round.
So, that's how you create your rectangles when you're using AutoCAD. Now, what you want to do there is practice using rectangles for your AutoCAD Professional Certification exam. Use the Rectangle tools, use coordinates. Perhaps generate some other shapes and take rectangles off of them using Objects, and that's for example as well. So, have a go with that and practice, practice, practice for your AutoCAD Professional Certification exam.
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Q: This course was updated on 02/01/2016. What changed?
A: We added four new videos to the "Certification: What Is It?" chapter. These tutorials cover Certiport, the online certification service that now offers a variety of Autodesk certifications.