Category Archives: AutoCad

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AutoDesk offers all of their software to students for free, you just need to verify your eligibility with a .edu account. You can get started right [here].

AutoCAD is the standard tool that’s been around for decades. It’s also AutoDesk’s only tool that’s available for both Windows and Mac. If anyone has a Windows machine, you might want to check out AutoDesk’s Inventor. AutoCAD was designed for 2D elevations first, 3D models second, whereas Inventor was created with a focus on 3D drawing. Supposed to be comparatively easy.

James also mentioned [Blender] last weekend. Free, open-source, Windows & Mac. People say the interface is a little difficult to deal with.
[AutoDesk AutoCAD]
[AutoDesk Inventor]

To import an AutoCAD Drawing into Photoshop to scale

To import an AutoCAD Drawing into Photoshop to scale
1. In AutoCAD type the command “Options”
2. Click on the “Plotting” tab
3. Click “Add or Configure Plotters…”
4. Click the “Add a Plotter Wizard” icon
5. Click “Next” twice . On the next window choose “Adobe” in the left window and “Postscript
Level 2” in the right window. Click “Next”.
7. Click “Next” again
8. When the “Ports” window pops up choose “Plot to File” in the upper right
hand portion of the window. Click “Next”
9. Choose a different name for the plotted if you want to.
10. Click “Next” then “Finish”; Close the “Plotters” window and the
“Options” window
Steps 1-10 need only to be done the first time you export to Photoshop on a
1. Type the “Plot” command in AutoCAD
2. Click on the “Plot Device” tab
3. Choose the printer that you set up in the previous steps
4. In the lower right hand corner choose the name and location of the file
to be exported.
4 . Click on the “Plot Settings” tab and set up the plot like you normally
6. After you click “OK” the EPS file will appear in the location you chose to
save it.
7. Open Photoshop and chose “Open” from the “File” menu
8. Select your file to bring up the EPS import menu.
9. Do not change the size of the file unless you want to change its scale.
You want to choose a resolution of at least 150 dpi which will make
larger files open more slowly, but this is needed for quality. Press “OK”
After a few moments your drawing will be in a Photoshop window. You will
need to insert a white background to see your lines. If the lines look jagged
zoom to 100%. To have white lines on a black background just insert a black
background and invert the layer with the drawing on it.
And finally the mystery of how to import an AutoCAD drawing into Photoshop
is solved.

AutoCad manual and video tutorials…

I’m working on a quick start guide for you guys, but meanwhile…

UPDATE: Here’s the beginning of my slides – more to come as I get time, but hopefully this will start to get you guys oriented in AutoCad!


The video tutorials that AutoCad supplies are easy!

And complete documentation here.

It’s important to understand that Autocad really has two ways of working—in 2D, and in 3D. We’ll probably focus on 3d—modeling rather than drawing. With that in mind, the good stuff in the manual is here.