How to use autocad: the ultimate guide for beginners


Please show yourself if you've ever felt like you're the only one that can't come up with a design in autocad. Is nothing to be ashamed of. Beleive me, you're not alone on this one.

When you open autocad for the first time, it's easy to click around in confusion for a minute and then give up thinking autocad is meant for professionals.

It's an incredibly powerful designing software with a lot going on, including a lot of tools that can seem overwhelming at times. But autocad isn't just for the professionals.

With a little help, you can easily teach yourself how to use it to create beautiful and compelling designs. All it takes is an introduction.

You'll be able to use some basic commands at the end of this post. To get you started, we'll go through how to use it.

I've picked the most used set of tools in autocad and explained what they do, where to find them, how to use them, and a few tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. But before that, lets see how to start autocad since we're using it for the first time.

How to set up autocad before any design

Before you start any drawing with autocad. They are some things you have to put in place like drawing unit and workspace limit.

How to set drawing unit

To set your drawing unit. Type in UNITS on your keyboard. Fill in the information on the prompt dialog box (don't worry the questions are straight forward.)


How to set workspace limit

To set your workspace limit. In the working area type in LIMITS on your keyboard. Fill out the information in the dialog box.

Others, like drawing annotation and the rest are well explained in this post.

A beginners guide to setting autocad

And you're through with setting up your autocad for design.

Introduction to autocad basic tools.


Drawing tools


Just like any other design tool. The line tool create a line and each of these lines can be edited as a separate entity.

Tips: when designing, I recommend you use infinite line to save time. To create an infinite line. Use the short command XLINE.


The rectangle tool creates rectangular polyline. However, when using this tool. you'll need to specify the length, width and edges of the rectangle.


Ever use any color fill tool in a software before?. That's exactly how this tool works. except for the case that it's a hatch tool that you can use to fill an object.

Modifying tools


The move tool works like any other move tool you've ever come across. You can move objects to a specific direction.

Tips: before moving any object make sure you activate grid snap and object snap to move objects with precision.

Go to the bottom right corner of your working area. Still don't see it? Keep reading you'll see how it looks like.


This tool Is the most basic tool in autocad. Just as the name implies, it removes objects from the design.

Tips: instead of selecting objects to erase. You can alternatively enter P to erase the previous selection or all the object.

Rotate tool

This tool simply rotate a selected object to an angle.

Tips: to rotate an object you can alternatively use the short command key. Enter RO on your keyboard following with the of angle of rotation digits. Or better still, drag your cursor pointer around.

And lastly.

Trim and Extend tool

The trim tool simply trims lines that meet each other and the extend tool joins two separate lines to meet each other.

How to use autocad like a boss

These are the basic set of tools in autocad.

Now you're ready to start designing in autocad. Just so you understand more about the highlighted tools above.

I have a tutorial for you to attempt. And I promise, when you're through with the tutorial you'll get to understand how the line tool works.

This tutorial is base on how to use the line tool and some tips.

Note: AutoCAD2011 was used in doing this tutorial I'm about to show you. But don't worry if you're using recent version or the later version. Cause most of the tools are pretty much the same.

A 3D of what you'll be doing in this tutorial.

Step #1 setting up autocad sheet

You don't want to finish your design and find out you used the wrong unit or sheet limit for your design. so please, to avoid stories that'll hurt. ALWAYS SET YOUR AUTOCAD BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE.


Step #2 

Draw a horizontal line and bisect it with a vertical one. Name the vertical line A.

Draw a 40mm diagonal line with the angle 30° to the right and name it B.

How to draw the diagonal line.

- Press L (short command to activate the line)
- Put in the line length and press TAB to input the angle.
For more on autocad short commands read.

Now, draw another 40mm diagonal line to the right. And name the line C.

Your result will look like this.


Step #3

From line B to your right. Draw a 40mm line upward and name it D. Join the new line D with the line A. And then, move to the left.
Draw a 40mm line from line C upward and name the new line E. Join the line with line A.
And the result is this.


Step #4

Draw a 40mm diagonal line with the angle of 150° from the line D to the left. Join the new line with line E.
This will be your result. And that's it for today.

Now you've seen how to use autocad and some of it basic tools with their short commands. I'm sure you'll be able to create your next design efficiently.

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