Scott Onstott

Aug 022012
 

Creating an Architectural Drawing in AutoCAD

Creating an Architectural Drawing in AutoCAD

In this free workshop from AutoCAD expert and author Scott Onstott, you’ll tackle a real-world project, drawing a cottage floor plan using the dimensions given in a pencil sketch that was scanned as an image. As you work together Scott will see why he chooses certain tools, gain insight into his drawing strategies, and watch him improvise as a missing dimension forces him to draw the plan from a new direction. Along the way you’ll learn how to work with layers and get practice adding doors, windows, counters, fixtures, and appliances to a floor plan.
Duration: 40 min
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In this course you will draw a cottage floor plan using the dimensions given in a pencil sketch that was scanned as an image. You will use a variety of editing tools and solve problems as you encounter them in this real-world project. The contents of this course include:

Starting Your Project
To begin the project you will underlay a sketch as an image in AutoCAD. You will select the most appropriate units and scale the image to its real-world size as given in the sketch’s dimensions. You will also create a few layers according to the objects in the sketch.

Drawing Strategies
In this lesson you will observe as I draw part of the cottage floor plan at a normal drawing speed. You will see how I select tools to solve specific geometric problems and gain some experience emulating my drawing strategies.

Fitting Together the Pieces of the Puzzle
In this video you will watch me improvise as a missing dimension forces me to draw the plan from a new direction. You will continue to gain valuable insights into the drawing process, seeing how it is a fluid process that can proceed in many different ways.

Completing the Floor Plan
In this lesson you will add doors, windows, counters, fixtures, and appliances to a floor plan. You will also see how layers are used to color-code and keep different systems separate.

The lessons are wrapped in a feature-rich interface that lets you jump to any topic and bookmark individual sections for later review. Full-Screen mode provides a hi-def, immersive experience, and Watch-and-Work mode shrinks the video into a small window so you can play the videos alongside your application. Also included are exercise files that give you an easy way to try out the techniques you learn.
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Space Planning with Blocks in AutoCAD

Space Planning with Blocks in AutoCAD

In this free workshop from AutoCAD expert and author Scott Onstott, you will create and arrange a number of furniture blocks and then group typical arrangements of furniture so that you can lay them out most efficiently in an office space. In the process you will gain experience using AutoCAD’s editing tools and exercise creative freedom by deciding how to fit the puzzle pieces together.
Duration: 30 min
 

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In this course you will create a number of furniture blocks and then group typical arrangements of furniture so that you can lay them out most efficiently in an office space. In the process you will gain experience using AutoCAD’s editing tools and exercise creative freedom by deciding how to fit the puzzle pieces together. The contents of this course include:

Making Furniture Blocks
In this lesson you will gain experience creating blocks, varying the order of inputting the block name, selecting objects, and picking the base point. In addition we will contrast the method of deleting source objects after defining a block and later inserting the block with the more efficient approach of converting the source objects directly to a block.

Creating Groups Where It Makes Sense
In this lesson you will gain practical experience arranging furniture blocks in relation to each other, creating typical layouts depending on how the furniture is to be used. Then you will group the arrangements, making it easier to move them as units.

Arranging Furniture in Enclosed Rooms
You will gain experience working with groups and modifying objects in this video as you lay out a number of furniture groups into the rooms of an office.

Arranging Furniture in Open Office Spaces
By laying out furniture groups in an open office plan in this lesson, you will have some creative freedom to decide how the space should be planned. In addition you will gain experience using a variety of editing commands.

The lessons are wrapped in a feature-rich interface that lets you jump to any topic and bookmark individual sections for later review. Full-Screen mode provides a hi-def, immersive experience, and Watch-and-Work mode shrinks the video into a small window so you can play the videos alongside your application. Also included are exercise files that give you an easy way to try out the techniques you learn.
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Jul 232012
 

My first HD video2brain course is now online. You can stream and/or download 2hr 35 min of on-demand video training on 3D modeling in AutoCAD 2013.

Take 20% off of my Getting Started with 3D in AutoCAD video course with coupon code 3DCAD20 valid until 23 September 2012.

Open video portal

In this workshop you’ll be introduced to AutoCAD’s 3D modeling capabilities. The contents of this course include:

Navigating in 3D
AutoCAD answers the challenge of working with 3D models on a 2D screen by providing a variety of tools to change your point of view and the ability to see all sides of an object simultaneously in multiple viewports. In this chapter you will learn how to change the way objects are displayed with visual styles and how to present designs in perspective.

Drawing in 3D
In this chapter you will learn about tools and coordinate systems that can help you specify and transform objects in three dimensions. From the world coordinate system, to user coordinate systems both static and dynamic, to point filters, elevations, and 3D transformation gizmos, you will understand how to manipulate objects in 3D space.

Modeling an Ionic Column
In this chapter you will model a classical Ionic column and in the process meet various challenges that its complex geometry presents. You will use solid and surface toolsets to accomplish the goal of creating a complete 3D model.

Documenting 3D Models
In this chapter you will project 2D plan, elevation, section, and detail drawings from a 3D model, adjust the drawings’ properties, and add associative dimensions in a layout.

Creating Dynamic Slideshows, Animations, and Renderings
In this chapter you will put your designs in motion to create dynamic presentations. You will also assign materials, create light sources, and render a realistic image of a 3D model interior.

The lessons are wrapped in a feature-rich interface that lets you jump to any topic and bookmark individual sections for later review. Full-Screen mode provides a hi-def, immersive experience, and Watch-and-Work mode shrinks the video into a small window so you can play the videos alongside your application. Also included are exercise files that give you an easy way to try out the techniques you learn.

Jun 102012
 

I decided to drop the prices of my catalog of video courses quite dramatically following the rebirth of this website, approximately 90% off their original prices.

I did this for a couple of reasons. First, the economy is down worldwide so people can’t afford as much as they used to for training, and secondly it’s been a good while since I have updated my video products. I have some good reasons for the delay: I’ve written 3 books and produced 2 films in the last couple of years so I’ve certainly been busy.

Let me explain why my courses from even 4 years ago are still quite valuable today. Autodesk and Adobe have moved to a yearly product release cycle which makes my courses seem out of date before their time because of the marketing machine driving product sales. When you set out to master complex software I believe that you ought to learn the fundamentals very well and not worry so much about the bells and whistles that new users are often overly enamored with.

AutoCAD, Photoshop, and 3ds Max have been around for decades and I’ve been using them for most of their history. SketchUp isn’t quite so old but it uniquely hasn’t had many new features as its developers’ philosophy has been one of keeping it simple (refreshing in the software world).

I’ve always been interested in quality over quantity, and I think you’ll find my video products to be some of the highest quality training available anywhere. Once you master the fundamentals with my video products you can then spend an afternoon getting up to speed with the latest features on your own. It’s simply a wise approach to learning software: start with a strong foundation, build the structure, and then add the finishing touches. The hours you spend watching my videos will save you untold weeks of time trying to figure it out on your own. Let me help you!