Autocad freehand

by Design Workshop Sydney

Autocad’s great strengths are in its precision and accuracy, and most drawing commands are performed by entering precise line lengths, etc. But drawing freehand is sometimes utilized when altering or correcting or updating existing drawings. We show you how in our Autocad 2D courses.autocad-2d-freehand
To practice drawing freehand, first open a new drawing from the Application drop-down menu. It will open at the Autocad Template folder. Either choose the acadiso.dwt, which is the metric template, or choose your own modified template – see another blog post on this subject.
Then choose the Line tool from the Ribbon, or type L > Enter. Simply click around the drawing space adding points to create a series of lines. At this stage it doesn’t matter the length of the lines – we are just getting a feel for how the tools work. Then select the Circle tool, or type C > Enter.
Note that there are various ways of drawing circles, depending on the information you have – either by radius or diameter, or by two tangent points, etc. The most common method is generally the top one of Circle, Radius. So click in the drawing space to set the centre point of the circle. Then notice that Autocad is asking you for a radius value. Since we are drawing freehand, we simply click on another point on the screen – this could be an end point, or a mid point, or simply in empty space. If you were updating an existing drawing, you would most likely click on another point in your drawing.
Try also the Rectangle tool – in this case it asks you to specify the two adjacent points of a rectangle. Normally you would punch in values for the length (x-axis) and height (y-axis), but in our example of freehand drawing, just click on two pints on the screen. You can see that by simply following the prompts in the Command line drawing freehand in Autocad is a straight-forward process.
More information on all features of the program can be found at the AutoDesk website. And see many examples of our clients’ work on our Facebook page.
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