Autocad Tutorial

  I. Defining a UCS
  II. Defining an elevational view
  III. Making a slide
  IV. Viewing a slide
  V. Creating a script
  VI. Using Images
  VII. Using the UCS icon
  VIII. Creating the shadow of an image
  IX. Placing dimensions
  X. Defining the 3d surface

  Defining a UCS:

   1. In the command bar, type "UCS" and press enter.

   2. Command: Origin/ZAxis/3point/OBject/View/X/Y/Z/Prev/Restore/Save/Del/?/<World>:

     Type "3" and press enter.

     Command: Origin point <0,0,0>:

     Pick the origin point.

     Command: Point on positive portion of the X-axis <23.00,16.00,0.00>:

     Pick a point on the new x-axis.

     Command: Point on positive-Y portion of the UCS XY plane <22.00,17.00,0.00>:

     Pick a point on the new y-axis.

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  Define an elevational view:

   1. In the command bar, type "DDVPOINT".

   2. Create an elevational view of the drawing by setting the vertical angle

      (the half circle on the right of the dialogue box) to zero.

   3. To draw in the normal view,

      use the UCS command to set the current UCS to "View".

   4. To draw in the elevational view,

     use the UCS command to set the UCS back to "World".

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  To make a slide:

   1. Command: MSLIDE

  To view a slide:

   1. Command: VSLIDE

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  To create a script:

   1. Open Notepad.

   2.  To add a slide, type VSLIDE Slidename

      To return to normal drawing view, type REDRAW

      To insert a pause between slides, type DELAY 1000

      To create a rolling slide show, type RSCRIPT

      To stop a script, hit the backspace key.

      To continue the script, type RESUME


        VSLIDE VIEW-01
        DELAY 6000
        VSLIDE VIEW-02
        DELAY 6000
        VSLIDE VIEW-03
        DELAY 6000

  3. Save the file as plain ASCII text with a ".scr" extension.

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  When using images:

  1. Always keep AutoCAD drawings and their attached image files in the same folder.

   2. Always deselect the "Retain Path" option in the Image dialogue box.

   3. To attach an image: Insert > Raster image

        Command: IMAGEATTACH

   4. To open the image manager: Insert > Image Manager

     Command: IMAGE

   5. To clip an image: Modify > Clip > Image

     Command: IMAGECLIP

   6. To adjust an image: Modify > Modify > Object > Image > Adjust

      Command: IMAGEADJUST

   7. To turn on/off the frame: Modify > Object > Image > Frame

     Command: IMAGEFRAME

   8. To modify the quality: Modify > Object > Image > Quality

     Command: IMAGEQUALITY

   9. To make the background transparent: Modify > Object > Image > Transparency

      Command: TRANSPARENCY

   10. To open the properties window: Modify > Properties

       Command: PROPERTIES

   11. To create a hatch pattern: Express > Draw > Super Hatch

       Command: SUPERHATCH

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  Using the UCS Icon:

   1. To view the UCS icon properties: VIEW > DISPLAY > UCS ICON > PROPERTIES

      Command: UCSICON

      Command: P

   2. To view the UCS settings: Tools > Named UCS

      Command: UCSMAN

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   To create a shadow of an image:

   1. Copy the image.

   2. Change the order of the image: Tools > Display Order > Options

   3. Use the image adjust command to reduce the brightness of the shadow to 35.

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  Using Dimensions:

   1. Dimension > Linear

   2. Dimension > Continue

   3. Dimension > Baseline (Use this when using the same starting point)

   4. Dimension > Aligned (Use this when the dimension is not horizontal or vertical)

   5. Dimension > Diameter

   6. Diameter > Radius

   7. Dimension > Center Mark

   8. Dimension > Angular

   9. Dimension > Ordinate (Use this when specifying the coordinates of a point)

   10. Dimension > Leader (Use this when adding a description to a point)

   11. Dimension > Align text > Options

   12. Dimension > Oblique (Use this when setting dimension lines at an angle)

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  To define a solid 3D surface:

   1. Use the 3D Face command:

      Draw > Surfaces > 3D Face

      Command: 3DFACE

      First Point: Pick a Point

      Second Point: Pick a Point

      Third Point: Pick a Point

      Fourth Point: Pick a Point

   2. To view the 3D surface, use the shade command

       View > Shade > Options

       Command: SHADE

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