Sep 262012
 

I’d like to announce that my Learning AutoCAD 2013 course is now online, containing 7 hours and 25 minutes of video instruction. This is hosted by the people at video2brain and was produced in conjunction with my book publisher Sybex, an imprint of Wiley.

This course will help you master the fundamentals of AutoCAD in a series of video lessons with accompanying practice files so you can follow along every step of the way. The HD videos are available on-demand on PC, iPad, Android, and/or offline on DVD.

Save 20% on Learning AutoCAD 2013 with Coupon Code: LCAD20. This offer expires after November 26th, 2012.

I now offer a complete menu of educational materials created for learning AutoCAD including:

Scott Onstott's AutoCAD Lineup

Two of my video courses are entirely free: Space Planning with Blocks in AutoCAD and Creating an Architectural Drawing in AutoCAD! I’ve made all of these options available so that you can expand your AutoCAD knowledge no matter what your skill level is at the moment.

If you are starting from scratch I recommend the Learning AutoCAD video course and my book AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Essentials (or the 2012 version which has been translated into 7 languages). Not everyone learns in the same way and it’s great to be able to offer you content both in video and in print.

If you already have some AutoCAD experience you might want to hone your 3D skills, brush up on blocks, learn how to manage data, apply customization techniques, create architectural drawings, and/or pick up awesome pro techniques in the book I co-wrote with Lynn Allen called AutoCAD Professional Tips and Techniques.

I’ve become a one-stop AutoCAD shop! But it doesn’t end there, don’t forget to check out my books and videos on Photoshop, 3ds Max, and SketchUp while you are here…

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.