AutoCAD 2012 and AutoCAD LT 2012: No Experience Required is the perfect step-by-step introduction to Autodesk's powerful architectural design software. This new edition from popular AutoCAD expert and "CAD Geek" blogger Donnie Gladfelter helps you quickly build skills as you proceed through an engaging, hands-on AutoCAD tutorial.
Learn how to plan, develop, document, and present a complete AutoCAD project by following each step sequentially, or, if you prefer, jump in at any stage by downloading the drawing files from the book's companion website. You'll master all essential AutoCAD features, get a thorough grounding in the basics, learn the very latest industry standards and techniques, and quickly become productive with AutoCAD 2012.
Start using basic AutoCAD commands and set up your own drawings right away
Follow an extended tutorial—the design of a summer cabin—and learn all tools and functions
Quickly master new AutoCAD 2012 features, which are clearly marked
Develop sophisticated drawing strategies to hold you in good stead
Learn to use layers, objects, blocks, groups, elevations, hatches, and multiline text
Understand dimensioning and how to create and manage external references
Create 3D geometry, master parametric tools, and explore rendering basics
Apply proven techniques and efficiently create detailed drawings
Create, configure, and assemble complete construction document sets
Develop compelling 3D visualizations from 2D design documentation