About this course

Course type Specialist
Course code AUTOCAD18BB
Duration 2 Days

The AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT 2018: Beyond the Basics continues on from the topics covered in the AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT 2018: Essentials course.
It covers more sophisticated techniques that extend your mastery of the software. For example, here you go beyond the basic skill of inserting a block to learning how to create blocks, and beyond the basic skill of using a template to understand the process of setting up a template.


  • Knowledge of AutoCAD basics as taught in AutoCAD/AutoCAD LT: Essentials, or equivalent experience.
  • A working knowledge of basic design/drafting procedures and terminology.
  • A working knowledge of your operating system.

Delegates will learn how to

  • Use more advanced editing and construction techniques.
  • Add parametric constraints to objects.
  • Create local and global blocks.
  • Set up layers, styles, and templates.
  • Use advanced plotting and publishing options.


Chapter 1: Working Effectively with AutoCAD
  • Creating a Custom Workspace
  • Docking and Hiding Palettes
  • Setting Up the Ribbon
  • Practice 1a Setting Up Workspaces
  • Using the Keyboard Effectively
  • Command Aliases
  • Shortcut Keys
  • Function Keys
  • Practice 1b Using the Keyboard Effectively
  • Object Creation, Selection, and Visibility
  • Object Creation
  • Selecting Similar Objects
  • Object Selection Cycling
  • Object Visibility
  • Setting Transparency
  • Practice 1c Object Creation, Selection, and Visibility
  • Working in Multiple Drawings
  • File Tabs
  • Selecting Drawings in the Application Menu
  • Copying and Pasting Between Drawings
  • Match Properties Across Drawings
  • Practice 1d Working in Multiple Drawings
  • Using Grips Effectively
  • Changing the Base Point
  • Copying with Grips
  • Rotate and Scale with the Reference Option
  • Stretching Multiple Objects
  • Grip Settings
  • Practice 1e Using Grips Effectively
  • Additional Layer Tools
  • Changing Object Layer States
  • Isolating Layers
  • Changing an Object’s Layer
  • Modifying Layers
  • Layer Walk
  • Practice 1f Layer Tools
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 2: Accurate Positioning
  • Coordinate Entry
  • Absolute Cartesian Coordinates (X,Y)
  • Relative Cartesian Coordinates (@X,Y)
  • Relative Polar Coordinates (@Distance< Angle)
  • Notes on Coordinate Entry
  • Practice 2a Drawing Using Coordinate Entry
  • Locating Points with Tracking
  • Object Snap Tracking Review
  • Temporary Track Point
  • Practice 2b Locating Points with Tracking (Mechanical)
  • Practice 2c Locating Points with Tracking (Architectural)
  • Construction Lines
  • Rays
  • Practice 2d Construction Lines
  • Placing Reference Points
  • Creating Groups of Points
  • Practice 2e Placing Points
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 3: Projects: Productivity Tools
  • Schematic Project: Purifier Unit
  • Mechanical Project: 2 Views
  • Architectural/Civil Project: Formal Garden
  • Mechanical Project: Cover Plate
  • Architectural Project: Addition
  • Mechanical Project: Block
  • Mechanical Project: Plate
Chapter 4: Parametric Drawing
  • Working with Constraints
  • Geometric Constraints
  • Auto Constraining Objects
  • Specifying Geometric Constraints
  • Constraint Bars
  • Modifying Geometrical Constraints
  • Deleting Constraints
  • Constraint Settings
  • Dimensional Constraints
  • Modifying Dimensional Constraints
  • Formulas in Constraints
  • Practice 4a Working with Constraints
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 5: Working with Blocks
  • Creating Blocks
  • Creating Single Named Objects
  • Block Settings
  • Creating Drawing Files from Objects (WBlock)
  • Editing Blocks
  • Practice 5a Create and Edit Blocks
  • Removing Unused Elements
  • Practice 5b Purging
  • Adding Blocks to Tool Palettes
  • Modifying Tool Properties in Tool Palettes
  • Modifying Tool Properties
  • Redefining Blocks in Tool Palettes
  • Practice 5c Modifying Tool Properties
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 6: Projects: Creating and Organizing Blocks
  • Mechanical Project: Control Panel
  • Architectural Project: Furniture Layout
  • Civil Project: Utility Layout
Chapter 7: Creating Templates
  • Why Use Templates?
  • Drawing Standards
  • Controlling Units Display
  • Drawing Limits
  • Creating New Layers
  • Layer Properties Manager
  • Other Layer Options
  • Adding Standard Layouts to Templates
  • Working in the Page Setup Manager
  • Setting Up Layouts to Use in a Template
  • Saving Templates
  • Practice 7a Saving a Template
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 8: Advanced Layouts
  • Creating and Using Named Views
  • Advanced Viewport Options
  • Creating Viewports from Named Views
  • Clipping Viewports
  • Layer Overrides in Viewports
  • Overriding Layer Properties in Viewports
  • Freezing Layers in Viewports
  • Practice 8a Viewports and Named Views
  • Additional Annotative Scale Features
  • Modifying Annotative Object Scales
  • Practice 8b Additional Annotative Scale Features
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 9: Annotation Styles
  • Creating Text Styles
  • Practice 9a Creating and Using Text Styles
  • Creating Dimension Styles
  • Modifying Dimension Styles
  • Creating Dimension Sub-Styles
  • Practice 9b Creating Dimension Styles (Architectural)
  • Practice 9c Dimension Styles (Mechanical)
  • Creating Multileader Styles
  • Practice 9d Creating Multileader Styles
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 10: Projects: Drawing Setup and Utilities
  • Interiors Project
  • Mechanical/Schematic Project
  • Civil/Map Project
  • Mechanical Project: Dimension Styles
Chapter 11: External References
  • Attaching External References
  • External References Palette
  • Modifying External References
  • Opening Reference Files
  • Detaching and Unloading Reference Files
  • Clipping Reference Files
  • Modifying References
  • Reference File Properties
  • DWF Specific Adjustments
  • Xref Specific Information
  • Attachments vs Overlays
  • Xref Layers
  • Binding Drawing Reference Files
  • Binding Drawing Reference File Components
  • Demand Loading
  • Practice 11a Attaching External References
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary
Chapter 12: Projects: Drawing
  • ISO A1 Title Block (36x24)
  • Mechanical Project: Drill Press Base
  • Architectural Project: Office Tower
  • P&ID Project: Oil Lubrication System
  • Civil Project: Warehouse Site
  • Appendix A: Optional Topics
  • Using QuickCalc
  • Additional Zoom Commands
  • Additional Text Tools
  • Creating Single Line Text
  • Editing Single Line Text
  • Justify Text
  • Scale Text
  • Model Space Text and Paper Space Text
  • Convert Text to Mtext
  • Additional Dimensioning Tools
  • Dimension Style Manager
  • Inspection Dimensions
  • Creating Boundaries and Regions
  • Creating Boundaries
  • Working with Regions
  • Combining Regions
  • Modifying Length
  • Chapter Review Questions
  • Command Summary

Specialist Course

2 Days

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