AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate PDF

AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate pdf

Download AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate – AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate: This book is the most comprehensive book you will find on AutoCAD 2018 – 2D Drafting. Covering all of the 2D concepts, it uses both metric and imperial units to illustrate the myriad drawing and editing tools for this popular application. Use the companion disc to set up drawing exercises and projects and see all of the book’s figures in color.

 AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate includes over 100 exercises or “mini-workshops,” that complete small projects from concept through actual plotting. Solving all of the workshops will simulate the creation of three projects (architectural and mechanical) from beginning to end, without overlooking any of the basic commands and functions in AutoCAD 2018.

AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate Features:

* Covers only the basics and uses both metric and imperial units to illustrate the myriad tools for this popular application
* CD-Rom can be used to set up in-text drawing exercises and projects and to see the book’s figures in color
* Helps you to prepare for the AutoCAD Certified Professional exam

eBook Customers: Companion files are available for downloading with order number/proof of purchase by writing to the publisher at [email protected]

AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate – Content

About the Book
Chapter 1 AutoCAD 2018 Basics
1.1 Starting AutoCAD
1.2 AutoCAD 2018 Interface
1.2.1 Application Menu
1.2.2 Quick Access Toolbar
1.2.3 Ribbons
1.2.4 InfoCenter
1.2.5 Command Window
1.2.6 Graphical Area
1.2.7 Status Bar
1.2.8 Start Tab
1.3 AutoCAD Defaults
1.4 What is My Drawing Unit?
1.5 Create a New AutoCAD Drawing
1.6 Open an Existing AutoCAD Drawing
1.6.1 File Tab
1.7 Closing Drawing Files
1.8 Undo and Redo Commands
1.8.1 Undo Command
1.8.2 Redo Command
Practice 1-1 AutoCAD Basics
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 2 Precise Drafting in AutoCAD 2018
2.1 Drafting Priorities
2.2 Drawing Lines Using Line Command
2.3 What is Dynamic Input in AutoCAD?
2.3.1 Example for Showing Prompts
2.3.2 Example for Specifying Lengths and Angles
Practice 2-1 Drawing Lines Using Dynamic Input
2.4 Exact Angles (Ortho vs. Polar Tracking)
2.4.1 Increment Angle
2.4.2 Additional Angles
2.4.3 Polar Angle Measurement
Practice 2-2 Exact Angles
2.5 Precise Drafting Using Object Snap
2.5.1 Activating Running OSNAPs
2.5.2 OSNAP Override
Practice 2-3 Object Snap (OSNAP)
2.6 Drawing Circles Using Circle Command
2.7 Drawing Circular Arcs Using Arc Command
2.8 Object Snaps Related to Circles and Arcs
2.9 Using Object Snap Tracking with OSNAP
Practice 2-4a Drawing Using OSNAP and OTRACK
Practice 2-4b Drawing Using OSNAP and OTRACK
2.10 Drawing Lines and Arcs Using Polyline Command
2.11 Converting Polylines to Lines and Arcs, and Vice-Versa
2.11.1 Converting Polylines to Lines and Arcs
2.11.2 Joining Lines and Arcs to Form a Polyline
Practice 2-5 Drawing Polylines and Converting
2.12 Using Snap and Grid to Specify Points Accurately
2.13 Using Polar Snap
Practice 2-6 Snap and Grid
Practice 2-7 Small Project
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 3 Modifying Commands Part I
3.1 How to Select Objects in AutoCAD
3.1.1 Window Mode (W)
3.1.2 Crossing Mode (C)
3.1.3 Window Polygon Mode (WP)
3.1.4 Crossing Polygon Mode (CP)
3.1.5 Lasso Selection
3.1.6 Fence Mode (F)
3.1.7 Last (L), Previous (P), and All Modes
3.1.8 Other Methods to Select Objects
3.2 Selection Cycling
3.3 Erase Command
Practice 3-1 Selecting Objects and Erase Command
3.4 Move Command
3.4.1 Nudge Functionality
Practice 3-2 Moving Objects
3.5 Copy Command
Practice 3-3 Copying Objects
3.6 Rotate Command
3.6.1 Reference Option
Practice 3-4 Rotating Objects
3.7 Scale Command
3.7.1 Reference Option
Practice 3-5 Scaling Objects
3.8 Mirror Command
Practice 3-6 Mirroring Objects
3.9 Stretch Command
Practice 3-7 Stretching Objects
Practice 3-8 Stretching Objects
3.10 Lengthening Objects
3.11 Joining Objects
Practice 3-9 Lengthening and Joining Objects
3.12 Using Grips to Edit Objects
3.13 Grips and Dynamic Input
3.14 Grips and Perpendicular and Tangent OSNAPs
Practice 3-10 Using Grips to Edit Objects
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 4 Modifying Commands Part II
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Offsetting Objects
4.2.1 Offsetting Using the Offset Distance Option
4.2.2 Offsetting Using the Through Option
4.2.3 Using the Multiple Option
Practice 4-1 Offsetting Objects
Practice 4-2 Offsetting Objects
4.3 Filleting Objects
Practice 4-3 Filleting Objects
4.4 Chamfering Objects
4.4.1 Chamfering Using the Distance Option
4.4.2 Chamfering Using Distance and Angle
Practice 4-4 Chamfering Objects
4.5 Trimming Objects
Practice 4-5 Trimming Objects
4.6 Extending Objects
Practice 4-6 Extending Objects
4.7 Arraying Objects – Rectangular Array
4.7.1 The First Step – AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate
4.7.2 Using the Array Creation Context Tab
4.7.3 Editing a Rectangular Array Using Grips
4.7.4 Editing a Rectangular Array Using the Context Tab
4.7.5 Editing a Rectangular Array Using Quick Properties
Practice 4-7 Arraying Objects Using Rectangular Array
4.8 Arraying Objects – Path Array
Practice 4-8 Arraying Objects Using Path
4.9 Arraying Objects – Polar Array
Practice 4-9 Arraying Objects Using Polar Array
4.10 Break Command
Practice 4-10 Breaking Objects
Chapter Review – AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 5 Layers and Inquiry Commands
5.1 Layers Concept in AutoCAD
5.2 Creating and Setting Layer Properties
5.2.1 How to Create a New Layer
5.2.2 How to Set a Color for a Layer
5.2.3 How to Set the Linetype for Layers
5.2.4 How to Set a Lineweight for Layers
5.2.5 How to Set the Current Layer
Practice 5-1 Creating and Setting Layer Properties
5.3 Layer Controls
5.3.1 Controlling Layer Visibility, Locking, and Plotting
5.3.2 Deleting and Renaming Layers
5.3.3 How to Make an Object’s Layer the Current Layer
5.3.4 How to Undo Only Layer Actions
5.3.5 Moving Objects from One Layer to Another
5.4 While You Are at the Layer Properties Manager
Practice 5-2 Layer Controls
5.5 Changing an Object’s Layer, Quick Properties, and Properties
5.5.1 Reading Instantaneous Information About an Object
5.5.2 How to Move an Object from a Layer to Another Layer
5.5.3 What is Quick Properties?
5.5.4 What is Properties?
Practice 5-3 Changing Object’s Layer, Quick Properties, and Properties
5.6 Inquiry Commands – Introduction
5.7 Measuring Distance
5.8 Inquiring Radius
5.9 Measuring Angle
5.10 Measuring Area
5.10.1 How to Calculate Simple Area
5.10.2 How to Calculate Complex Area
Practice 5-4 Inquiry Commands
Practice 5-5 Inquiry Commands
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 6 Blocks & Hatch
6.1 Why Do We Need Blocks?
6.2 How to Create a Block
6.3 How to Use (Insert) Blocks
6.3.1 Block Insertion Point OSNAP
Practice 6-1 Creating and Inserting Blocks
6.4 Exploding Blocks and Converting Them to Files
6.4.1 Exploding Blocks
6.4.2 Converting Blocks to Files
Practice 6-2 Exploding, Converting
6.5 Hatching in AutoCAD
6.6 Hatch Command: First Step
6.7 Controlling Hatch Properties
Practice 6-3 Inputting Hatch and Controlling Hatch Properties
6.8 Specifying Hatch Origin
6.9 Controlling Hatch Options
6.9.1 How to Create Associative Hatching
6.9.2 How to Make Your Hatch Annotative
6.9.3 Using Match Properties to Create Identical Hatches
6.9.4 Hatching an Open Area
6.9.5 Creating Separate Hatches in the Same Command
6.9.6 Island Detection
6.9.7 Set Hatch Draw Order
Practice 6-4 Hatch Origin and Options
6.10 Hatch Boundary
6.11 Editing Hatch
Practice 6-5 Hatch Boundary and Hatch Editing
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 7 Writing Text
7.1 Writing Text Using Single Line Text
Practice 7-1 Creating Text Style and Single Line Text
7.2 Writing Text Using Multiline Text
7.2.1 Style Panel
7.2.2 Formatting Panel
7.2.3 Paragraph Panel
7.2.4 Insert Panel
7.2.5 Spell Check Panel
7.2.6 Tools Panel
7.2.7 Options Panel
7.2.8 Close Panel – AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate
7.2.9 While You Are in the Text Editor
Practice 7-2 Writing Using Multiline Text
7.3 Text Editing
7.3.1 Double-Click Text
7.3.2 Quick Properties and Properties
7.3.3 Editing Using Grips
7.4 Spelling Check and Find and Replace
Practice 7-3 Editing Text
Chapter Review
Chapter 8 Dimensions
8.1 What is Dimensioning in AutoCAD?
8.2 Dimension Types
8.3 How to Insert a Linear Dimension
8.4 How to Insert an Aligned Dimension
8.5 How to Insert an Angular Dimension
Practice 8-1 Inserting Linear, Aligned, and Angular Dimensions
8.6 How to Insert an Arc-Length Dimension
8.7 How to Insert a Radius Dimension
8.8 How to Insert a Diameter Dimension
Practice 8-2 Inserting Arc Length, Radius, and Diameter Dimension
8.9 How to Insert a Jogged Dimension
8.10 How to Insert an Ordinate Dimension
Practice 8-3 Inserting Dimensions
8.11 Inserting a Series of Dimensions Using the Continue Command
8.12 Inserting a Series of Dimensions Using the Baseline Command
Practice 8-4 Continue Command
Practice 8-5 Baseline Command
8.13 Using the Quick Dimension Command
8.14 Using the Dimension Command
8.15 Dimension Special Layer
8.16 Editing a Dimension Block Using Grips
8.17 Editing a Dimension Block Using the Right-Click Menu
8.18 Editing a Dimension Block Using Quick Properties and Properties
Practice 8-6 Quick Dimension and Editing
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 9 Plotting
9.1 What is Model Space and What is Paper Space?
9.2 Introduction to Layouts
9.3 Steps to Create a New Layout from Scratch
9.4 Steps to Create a New Layout Using a Template
9.5 Creating Layouts Using Copying
Practice 9-1 Creating New Layouts
9.6 Creating Viewports
9.6.1 Adding Single Rectangular Viewports
9.6.2 Adding Multiple Rectangular Viewports
9.6.3 Adding Polygonal Viewports
9.6.4 Creating Viewports by Converting Existing Objects
9.6.5 Creating Viewports by Clipping Existing Viewports
9.6.6 Dealing with Viewports after Creation
9.7 Scaling and Maximizing Viewports
9.8 Freezing Layers in Viewports
9.9 Layer Override in Viewports
Practice 9-2 Creating and Controlling Viewports
9.10 Plot Command
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 10 Projects
10.1 How to Prepare Your Drawing for a New Project
10.2 Architectural Project (Imperial)
10.3 Architectural Project (Metric)
10.4 Mechanical Project – I (Metric)
10.5 Mechanical Project – I (Imperial)
10.6 Mechanical Project – II (Metric)
10.7 Mechanical Project – II (Imperial)
Chapter 11 More on 2D Objects
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Drawing Using the Rectangle Command
11.2.1 Chamfer Option
11.2.2 Elevation Option
11.2.3 Fillet Option
11.2.4 Thickness Option
11.2.5 Width Option
11.2.6 Area Option
11.2.7 Dimensions Option
11.2.8 Rotation Option
11.3 Drawing Using the Polygon Command
11.3.1 Using an Imaginary Circle
11.3.2 Using the Length and Angle of One of the Edges
Practice 11-1 Drawing Rectangles and Polygons
11.4 Drawing Using the Donut Command
11.5 Drawing Using the Revision Cloud Command
Practice 11-2 Drawing a Donut and a Revision Cloud
11.6 Using the Edit Polyline Command
11.6.1 Open and Close Options
11.6.2 Join Option
11.6.3 Width Option
11.6.4 Edit Vertex Option
11.6.5 Fit, Spline, and Decurve Options
11.6.6 Ltype Gen Option
11.6.7 Reverse Option
11.6.8 Multiple Option
Practice 11-3 Polyline Edit Command
11.7 Using Construction Lines and Rays
11.7.1 Using Construction Lines
11.7.2 Using Rays
Practice 11-4 Using Construction Lines and Rays
11.8 Using Point Style and Point Command
11.8.1 Using Point Style Command
11.8.2 Using Point Command
11.9 Using Divide and Measure Commands
11.9.1 Using the Divide Command
11.9.2 Using the Measure Command
11.9.3 Using Divide and Measure Commands with Block Option
Practice 11-5 Using Point Style, Point, Divide, and Measure
11.10 Using the Spline Command
11.10.1 Using the Fit Points Method
11.10.2 Using the Control Vertices Method
11.10.3 Editing a Spline
Practice 11-6 Using the Spline Command
11.11 Using the Ellipse Command
11.11.1 Drawing an Ellipse Using the Center Option
11.11.2 Drawing an Ellipse Using Axis Points
11.11.3 Drawing an Elliptical Arc
Practice 11-7 Using the Ellipse Command
11.12 Using the Boundary Command
Practice 11-8 Using Boundary Command
11.13 Using the Region Command
11.13.1 Performing Boolean Operations on Regions
Practice 11-9 Using Region Command
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 12 Advanced Practices – Part I
12.1 Offset Command – Advanced Options
12.1.1 Erase Source Option
12.1.2 Layer Option
12.1.3 System Variable: Offsetgaptype
12.2 Trim and Extend – Edge Option
Practice 12-1 Using Advanced Options in Offset, Trim, and Extend
12.3 Using Match Properties
12.4 Copy/Paste Objects and Match Properties Across Files
12.4.1 Copying Objects
12.4.2 Pasting Objects
12.4.3 Using the Drag-and-Drop Method
12.4.4 Match Properties Across Files
Practice 12-2 Using Match Properties, Copy/Paste Across Files
12.5 Sharing Excel and Word Content in AutoCAD
12.5.1 Sharing Data Coming from MS Word
12.5.2 Sharing Data Coming from MS Excel
12.5.3 Pasting a Linked Table from Excel
Practice 12-3 Sharing Excel and Word Content in AutoCAD
12.6 Hyperlinking AutoCAD Objects
Practice 12-4 Hyperlinking AutoCAD Objects
12.7 Purging Items – AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate
Practice 12-5 Purging Items
12.8 Using Views & Viewports
12.8.1 Creating Views
12.8.2 Using Views in Viewports
12.8.3 Creating a Named Viewport Arrangement – Method (I)
12.8.4 Creating a Named Viewport Arrangement – Method (II)
Practice 12-6 Using Views and Viewports
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 13 Advanced Practices – Part II
13.1 Using Autodesk Content Explorer
Practice 13-1 Using Autodesk Content Explorer
13.2 Using Quick Select
Practice 13-2 Using Quick Select
13.3 Using Select Similar and Add Selected
13.3.1 Select Similar Command
13.3.2 Add Selected Command
13.4 What is Object Visibility in AutoCAD?
Practice 13-3 Using Select Similar and Add Selected
13.5 Advanced Layer Commands
13.5.1 Using Isolate and Unisolate Commands
13.5.2 Using Freeze and Off Commands
13.5.3 Using the Turn All Layers On and Thaw All Layers Commands
13.5.4 Using the Lock and Unlock Commands
13.5.5 Using the Change to Current Layer Command
13.5.6 Using Copy Objects to New Layer Command
13.5.7 Using the Layer Walk Command
13.5.8 Using the isolate to Current Viewport Command
13.5.9 Using the Merge Command
13.5.10 Using the Delete Command
13.6 Layer’s Transparency
Practice 13-4 Using Advanced Layer Commands
13.7 Using Fields in AutoCAD
Practice 13-5 Using Fields in AutoCAD
13.8 Using Partially Opened Files
13.8.1 How to Open a File Partially
13.8.2 Using Partial Load
Practice 13-6 Using Partially Opened Files
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 14 Using Block Tools and Block Editing
14.1 Automatic Scaling Feature
14.2 Design Center
Practice 14-1 Using Design Center
14.3 Tool Palettes
14.3.1 How to Create a Tool Palette from Scratch
14.3.2 How to Fill the New Palette with Content
14.3.3 How to Create a Palette from Design Center Blocks
14.3.4 How to Customize Tools Properties
14.4 Hatch and Tool Palette
Practice 14-2 Using Tool Palettes
14.5 Customizing Tool Palettes
14.5.1 Allow Docking
14.5.2 Transparency
14.5.3 View Options
14.5.4 Add Text and Add Separators
14.5.5 New / Delete / Rename Palette
14.5.6 Customize Palettes
Practice 14-3 Customizing Tool Palettes
14.6 Editing Blocks
Practice 14-4 Editing Blocks
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 15 Creating Text & Table Styles and Formulas in Tables
15.1 Steps to Create Text and Tables
15.2 How to Create a Text Style
Practice 15-1 Creating Text Style and Single Line Text
15.3 Creating Table Style
15.3.1 General Tab
15.3.2 Text Tab
15.3.3 Borders Tab
15.4 Inserting a Table in the Drawing
15.4.1 Specify Insertion Point Option
15.4.2 Specify Window Option
Practice 15-2 Creating Table Style and Inserting Tables in the Current Drawing
15.5 Using Formulas in Table Cells
15.6 Using Table Cell Functions
15.6.1 Using the Rows Panel
15.6.2 Using the Columns Panel
15.6.3 Using the Merge Panel
15.6.4 Using the Cell Styles Panel
15.6.5 Using the Cell Format Panel
15.6.6 Using the Insert Panel
15.6.7 Using the Data Panel
Practice 15-3 Formulas and Table Cell Functions
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 16 Dimension & Multileader Styles
16.1 What Is Dimensioning in AutoCAD?
16.2 How to Create a New Dimension Style
16.3 Dimension Style: Lines Tab
16.4 Dimension Style: Symbols and Arrows Tab
16.5 Dimension Style: Text Tab
16.6 Dimension Style: Fit Tab
16.7 Dimension Style: Primary Units Tab
16.8 Dimension Style: Alternate Units Tab
16.9 Dimension Style: Tolerances Tab
16.10 Creating a Dimension Sub Style
Practice 16-1 Creating Dimension Style
16.11 More Dimension Functions
16.11.1 Dimension Break
16.11.2 Dimension Adjust Space
16.11.3 Dimension Jog Line
16.11.4 Dimension Oblique
16.11.5 Dimension Text Angle
16.11.6 Dimension Justify
16.11.7 Dimension Override
Practice 16-2 More Dimension Functions
16.12 Associative Centerlines and Center Marks
16.12.1 Center Mark
16.12.2 Centerline
16.12.3 Centerline and Center Mark Properties
Practice 16-3 Centerlines and Center Marks
16.13 How to Create a Multileader Style
16.13.1 Leader Format Tab
16.13.2 Leader Structure Tab
16.13.3 Content Tab
16.14 Inserting a Multileader Dimension
Practice 16-4 Creating Multileader Style and Inserting Multileaders
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 17 Plot Style, Annotative, and Exporting
17.1 Plot Style Tables – First Look
17.2 Color-Dependent Plot Style Table
17.3 Named Plot Style Table
Practice 17-1 Color-Dependent Plot Style Table
Practice 17-2 Named Plot Style Table
17.4 What is an Annotative Feature?
Practice 17-3 Annotative Feature
17.5 Exporting DWG to DWF and PDF: An Introduction
17.6 Exporting to DWF and DWFx
17.7 Exporting to a PDF
17.8 Using the Batch Plot Command
17.9 Viewing DWF, DWFx, and PDF Files
Practice 17-4 Creating and Viewing a DWF File
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 18 How to Create a Template File and Interface Customization
18.1 What is a Template File and How Can We Create It?
18.2 Editing a Template File
Practice 18-1 Creating and Editing a Template File
18.3 Customizing the Interface – Introduction
18.4 How to Create a New Panel
18.5 How to Create a New Tab
18.6 How to Create a Quick Access Toolbar
18.7 How to Create a New Workspace
Practice 18-2 Customizing an Interface
18.8 How to Create Your Own Command
Practice 18-3 Creating New Commands
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 19 Parametric Constraints
19.1 What are Parametric Constraints?
19.2 Using Geometric Constraints
19.2.1 Using Coincident Constraints
19.2.2 Using Collinear Constraints
19.2.3 Using Concentric Constraints
19.2.4 Using Fix Constraints
19.2.5 Using Parallel Constraints
19.2.6 Using Perpendicular Constraints
19.2.7 Using Horizontal Constraints
19.2.8 Using Vertical Constraints
19.2.9 Using Tangent Constraints
19.2.10 Using Smooth Constraints
19.2.11 Using Symmetric Constraints
19.2.12 Using Equal Constraints
19.3 Geometric Constraints Settings
19.4 What is Infer Constraint?
19.5 What is Auto Constrain?
19.6 Constraint Bar & Showing and Hiding
19.6.1 Constraint Bar
19.6.2 Showing and Hiding
19.7 Relaxing and Over-Constraining Objects
19.7.1 Relaxing Constraints
19.7.2 Over-Constraining an Object
Practice 19-1 Applying Geometric Constraint
19.8 Using Dimensional Constraints
19.8.1 Using Linear, Horizontal, and Vertical Constraints
19.8.2 Using Aligned Constraints
19.8.3 Using Radial and Diameter Constraints
19.8.4 Using Angular Constraints
19.8.5 Using the Convert Command
19.9 Controlling Dimensional Constraint
19.9.1 Constraint Settings Dialog Box
19.9.2 Deleting Constraints
19.9.3 Showing and Hiding Dimensional Constraint
19.10 Using the Parameters Manager
19.11 What is Annotational Constraint Mode?
19.11.1 Annotational Constraint Mode
19.11.2 Converting Dimensional Constraints to Annotational
19.12 Using Dimensional Grips
Practice 19-2 Applying Dimensional Constraint
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 20 Dynamic Blocks
20.1 Introduction to Dynamic Blocks
20.2 Methods to Create a Dynamic Block
20.2.1 Using the Block Definition Dialog Box
20.2.2 Double-Clicking an Existing Block
20.2.3 Block Editor Command
20.3 Inside the Block Editor
20.4 What are Parameters and Actions?
20.5 Controlling Parameter Properties
20.6 Controlling the Visibility Parameter
20.7 Using Lookup Parameter and Action
20.8 Final Steps
Practice 20-1 Dynamic Blocks – Creating a Chest of Drawers
Practice 20-2 Dynamic Blocks – Door Control
Practice 20-3 Dynamic Blocks – Wide Flange Beams
20.9 Using Constraints in Dynamic Blocks
20.9.1 Block Table Button
20.9.2 Construction Button
20.9.3 Constraint Status Button
Practice 20-4 Dynamic Blocks Using Constraints – Wide Flange Beams
Practice 20-5 Dynamic Blocks Using Constraints – Creating Windows
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 21 Block Attributes
21.1 What are Block Attributes?
21.2 How to Define Attributes
21.2.1 Attribute Part
21.2.2 Mode Part
21.2.3 Text Settings Part
21.2.4 Insertion Point Part
21.3 Inserting Blocks with Attributes
21.4 How to Control Attribute Visibility
Practice 21-1 Defining and Inserting Blocks with Attributes
21.5 How to Edit Individual Attribute Values
21.6 How to Edit Attribute Values Globally
Practice 21-2 Editing Attribute Values Individually and Globally
21.7 How to Redefine and Sync Attribute Definitions
Practice 21-3 Redefining Attribute Definitions
21.8 How to Extract Attributes from Files
Practice 21-4 Extracting Attributes
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 22 External Referencing (XREF)
22.1 Introduction to External References
22.2 Inserting External References into Different File Formats
22.2.1 Attaching a DWG File
22.2.2 Attaching an Image File
22.2.3 Attaching a DWF File
22.2.4 Attaching a DGN File
22.2.5 Attaching a PDF File
22.3 External Reference Palette Contents
22.4 Using the Attach Command
22.5 Reference Files and Layers
22.6 Controlling the Fading of a Reference File
Practice 22-1 Attaching and Controlling Reference Files
22.7 Editing an External Reference DWG File
22.7.1 Using the Edit Reference Command
22.7.2 Using the Open Command
22.8 External Reference File-Related Functions
22.8.1 Unload Command
22.8.2 Reload Command
22.8.3 Detach Command
22.8.4 Bind Command
22.8.5 Xref Type
22.8.6 Path
22.8.7 Select New Path
22.8.8 Find and Replace
Practice 22-2 External Reference Editing
22.9 Clipping an External Reference File
22.10 Clicking and Right-Clicking a Reference File
22.10.1 Clicking and Right-Clicking a DWG File
22.10.2 Clicking and Right-Clicking an Image File
22.10.3 Clicking and Right-Clicking a DWF File
Practice 22-3 External Reference File Clipping and Controlling
22.11 Using the eTransmit Command with External Reference Files
Practice 22-4 Using the eTransmit Command
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 23 Sheet Sets
23.1 Introduction to Sheet Sets
23.2 Dealing with the Sheet Set Manager Palette
23.2.1 How to Open and Close an Existing Sheet Set
23.2.2 How to Deal with the Sheet Set Manager Palette
23.3 Sheet Set File Setup
Practice 23-1 Opening, Manipulating, and Closing Sheet Sets
23.4 Sheet Set Using an Example
23.4.1 Adding a Sheet into a Subset
23.4.2 Sheet Control
Practice 23-2 Creating a Sheet Set Using a Sheet Set Example
23.5 Adding and Scaling Model Views
Practice 23-3 Adding and Scaling Model Views
23.6 Sheet Set Using Existing Drawings
Practice 23-4 Creating a Sheet Set Using Existing Drawings
23.7 Publishing Sheet Sets
23.8 Using eTransmit and Archive Commands
23.8.1 Using the eTransmit Command
23.8.2 Using the Archive Command
Practice 23-5 Publishing and eTransmitting a Sheet Set
Chapter Review – AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 24 CAD Standards & Advanced Layers
24.1 Why Do We Need CAD Standards?
24.2 How to Create a CAD Standard File
24.3 How to Link DWS to DWG and Then Make the Check
24.3.1 Configuring (Linking) DWS to DWG
24.3.2 Checking a DWG File
Practice 24-1 Using CAD Standards Commands
24.4 Using the Layer Translator
Practice 24-2 Using the Layer Translator
24.5 Dealing with the Layer Properties Manager
24.6 Creating a Property Filter
24.7 Creating a Group Filter
24.8 Things you Can Do with Filters
24.8.1 Property Filter Menu
24.8.2 Group Filter Menu
Practice 24-3 Layer Advanced Features and Filters
24.9 Creating Layer States
Practice 24-4 Using Layer States
24.10 Settings Dialog Box
24.10.1 New Layer Notification
24.10.2 Isolate Layer Settings
24.10.3 Dialog Settings
Practice 24-5 Using Settings Dialog Box
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers
Chapter 25 Importing PDF Files, and Design Views
25.1 Introduction
25.2 Importing a PDF File
25.2.1 Importing a PDF file
25.2.2 Importing from PDF Underlay
25.2.3 Dealing with SHX files
Practice 25-1 Importing PDF File
25.3 Creating Design Views
Practice 25-2 Creating Design Views
Chapter Review
Chapter Review Answers

ABOUT THE BOOK – AutoCAD 2018 Beginning and Intermediate

This is the most comprehensive book about AutoCAD 2018 – 2D drafting on the market. It is divided into three major parts: Essentials: from Chapter one to Chapter ten. It assumes that the reader has no previous experience in AutoCAD; hence it starts from scratch. Chapter ten contains three projects – one architectural, and two mechanical using both Imperial and metric units. Intermediate: from Chapter 11 to Chapter 18. It contains a deeper discussion on a subject we touched on in the Essentials part, or a new advance feature. Advanced: from Chapter 19 to Chapter 25. It discusses the most advanced features of AutoCAD 2018. If you don’t have any prior experience in AutoCAD this book is a perfect start, and you can stop at the end of any part. But if you want to be a real power user of AutoCAD, you should go through all the 25 chapters, solving all projects and practices.

This book is also a good source to prepare for the AutoCAD Certified
Professional exam.
The chapters are divided as follows:
Chapter (1) covers AutoCAD basics along with the interface
Chapter (2) covers AutoCAD techniques to draw with accuracy
Chapters (3 & 4) cover all modifying commands
Chapter (5) covers the AutoCAD method of organizing the drawing using
layers and inquiry commands
Chapter (6) covers the methods of creating and editing blocks, and inserting
and editing hatches
Chapter (7) covers AutoCAD methods of writing text
Chapter (8) covers how to create and edit dimensions in AutoCAD
Chapter (9) covers how to plot your drawing
Chapter (10) three projects, one architectural and two mechanical, covering
both metric and imperial units
Chapter (11) covers the creation of more 2D objects
Chapters (12 & 13) cover advanced practices and techniques
Chapter (14) covers Block tools and Block Editing

Chapter (15) covers the creation of Text Style and Table Styles along with
Formulas in tables
Chapter (16) covers the creation of Dimension Style & Multileader style
plus adding multileaders
Chapter (17) covers the creation of Plot styles, the meaning of Annotative,
and DWF creation
Chapter (18) covers how to create a template file and customize AutoCAD
Chapter (19) covers Parametric Constraints
Chapter (20) covers Dynamic Blocks
Chapter (21) covers Block Attributes
Chapter (22) covers External Reference
Chapter (23) covers Sheets Sets
Chapter (24) covers CAD Standards and advanced layer commands
Chapter (25) covers Drawing Review


Since its inception, AutoCAD has enjoyed a very large user base, which has made it the most used CAD software in the world. AutoCAD is widespread due to its logic and simplicity, which makes it very easy to learn. AutoCAD evolved through the years to become a comprehensive software application addressing all aspects of engineering drafting and designing. This book addresses all levels of AutoCAD 2D drafting, Essentials, Intermediate, and Advanced, which makes it ideal for novice users, and for those seeking to be professional power users ready for industry. This book is not a replacement of AutoCAD manuals, but is considered to be a complementary source that includes hundreds of hands-on practices to strengthen the knowledge learned and solidify the techniques discussed. At the end of each chapter, the reader will find “Chapter Review Questions” which are the same sort of questions you may see in the Autodesk certification exam; so the reader is invited to solve them all. Correct answers are at the end of each chapter. Chapter 10 contains three projects: one is an architectural plan, presented in metric and imperial units. The other two projects are for mechanical engineering. One of them is thoroughly explained and the other is not! These two projects are also presented in both metric and imperial units.

About the Author

Munir Hamad is an AutoDesk® Approved Instructor, certified AutoDesk AutoCAD Master, who has authored several AutoCAD titles and taught various levels of AutoCAD training.

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