Along the Straight and Narrow

In This Chapter

arrow Drawing linear things with the AutoCAD drawing commands

arrow Lining up for lines and polylines

arrow Closing up with rectangles and polygons

As you may recall from your crayon-and-coloring-book days, drawing is fun. Computer-aided drafting (CAD) imposes a little more discipline, but drawing with AutoCAD is still fun. (Trust us on this one.) In computer-aided drafting, you usually start by drawing geometry from basic shapes — lines, circles, and rectangles — to represent the real-world object that you’re documenting.

For descriptive purposes, we divide the drawing commands into three groups:

check.png Straight lines and objects composed of straight lines (covered in this chapter)

check.png Curves (which we explain in Chapter 7)

check.png Points (more in Chapter 7 if you’re wondering what the point of all this is)

After you’ve created some straight or curvy geometry, you’ll probably ...

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