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AutoCAD & F/X CAD Training

Welcome to our AutoCAD & F/X CAD Training page. CAD may seem complex and challenging at first, but it's an essential design tool. For example, the ability to simply draw a line and know the length of that line automatically is an incalculable time saver. So is the ability to insert a block – a ready-made collection of linework representing an object such as a wall, a tree, or even a person – into a drawing.

 

Once you've mastered CAD, you'll find it an essential tool in the design process. We're here to help.

What is F/X CAD? It's our Autodesk authorized CAD engine for Land F/X users. More information >

Resources for AutoCAD & F/X CAD

After your first jump into F/X CAD or AutoCAD, you want to get started right away with best drafting practices. These 5 simple tips are critical to learn before you can stop calling yourself a beginner. Each one will help you draft faster and more efficiently.

Ready to dive into more two-minute video tips on AutoCAD & F/X CAD? Check out our Power Tips.

 

Webinars
  • F/X CAD 2019: Learn about the new CAD features and added Land F/X bonuses you can only find in F/X CAD 2019, including an updated Quick Access Toolbar, new buttons for "secret Land F/X commands, new drawing templates, and streamlined installation. (56 min)
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users: Learn AutoCAD best practices to establish good habits. You'll learn about opening the software, working with file types, and understanding some of the tools you see around the screen. (59 min)
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users 2: In Part 2, we’ll show you how Paper Space works with scale through viewports so you can plot what you draw to a full-scale PDF or plotter. (59 min)
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users 3: We'll take you beyond the basics and provide some valuable insights into organizing your drawings and applying a better strategy to using AutoCAD tools. (53 min)
  • The Ribbon: Are you still using toolbars? It’s time to join the rest of us and start using the ribbon for all of your CAD endeavors. This week’s webinar will not just cover why the ribbon is superior to toolbars but will showcase the additions we have made to the default AutoCAD ribbon that benefit our clients’ specific needs. (47 min)
  • AutoLISP Basics: AutoLISP is a hidden gem within AutoCAD – a robust and capable programming language that’s easy to test and develop right from the CAD Command line. Get the full scoop from Land F/X CEO and head developer Jeremiah Farmer. (1 hr 2 min)
  • Intermediate AutoLISP: In this follow-up presentation, we’ll create a basic loop that processes all entities in the drawing, while discussing best practices in doing so. We’ll also show how to integrate your custom AutoLISP tools into the ribbon, and how best to organize your source files. (1 hr 7 min)
  • Best PDF Practices: AutoCAD allows you to import and export PDF files, but you may not know about your myriad options for doing so. Join us for some helpful tips on best practices and common troubleshooting techniques when working with PDFs. (1 hr 4 min)
  • AutoLISP Advanced: we’ll work on a new prototype Land F/X tool, code named P-Hatch. The tool will involve intercepting mouse movements to modify a hatch entity in real time. We’ll use the full breadth of Land F/X helper functions to speed up the development and match the full extent of programming best practices, (1 hr 2 min)
  • Using Civil 3D with Land F/X for a BIM Workflow: BIM is a process, and the combination of Land F/X with Civil 3D and SketchUp, Rhino and Revit is a key set of tools in integrating this process into your workflow. Learn why and how. (1 hr)
  • AutoCAD Basics: Create a Base Plan for Your Site: We'll show you how to use SketchUp and AutoCAD to create a base plan for your landscape, irrigation, or hardscape design. We'll cover the essential drafting tools, unit settings, drafting space, and Xrefs. (58 min)
  • Working With Blocks: Blocks are integral to any CAD design. We'll show you how to maintain a good standard for the blocks you use and ensure that your blocks are easy to adjust, navigate, and place.
  • Working With Scale: We'll show you the basics of scale in both Imperial and Metric systems. We'll then continue into advanced tips and tricks for creating a perfect-looking sheet. (1 hr)
  • Sheet Setup: learn some basics in proper sheet setup. We'll go over cleaning your base files, as well as best practices for Xrefing, creating templates, using the Land F/X Sheet Index, and more. (1 hr 6 min)
  • Metric Sheet Setup: This webinar covers the metric side of our recommended basic methods for setting up your drawing template, which will help prevent imported Xrefs from corrupting your drawing. You'll also learn how to set up your Model Space and Paper Space for proper scaling in metric units for many metric standards, as well as how to use our Sheet Index tool. (1 hr)

AutoCAD Fundamentals

New to CAD, or need a refresher? 

 

 

Scale/ Align Images, PDFs, and Linework

 

Articles
  • CAD drawings vs. Land F/X Projects: Learn about the relationship between these two essential elements of creating a plan using AutoCAD and our plugins. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Drawing templates (DWTs): Create a template with your desired settings, then use it each time you start a new drawing.
  • Opening a DWT: The AutoCAD drawing template, saved as a DWT file, forms the basis of the default drawing file that opens when you start a new drawing in AutoCAD. Here's how to open it correctly.
  • External references (Xrefs): Xrefs are files you add to your main drawing as overlays or attachments. Learn how to use them. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Xref your site base and prepare Paper Space Layout tabs
    This article includes a video.
  • Cleaning drawings & Xrefs: Noticing poor, slow, or sluggish performance in your drawing? Having trouble opening or saving a drawing, or getting an error message mentioning corruption, Proxy Objects, or RegApps? You likely have drawing corruption. Learn how to clean your drawings and Xrefs to keep them free of corruption. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Prevent drawing corruption: Learn some long-term methods of getting rid of corruption in your drawings once and for all. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Layout and title block templates: Set yourself up for flawless plotting by creating templates for your Paper Space (layout) sheets and the title blocks that surround your submitted drawings.
  • Drawing & Sheet Setup: Get instructions and our recommendations. 
    This article includes a video.
  • AutoCAD blocks: A block is a collection of linework that acts as a single entity. Learn how they work and how to use them. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Units settings: Units are supremely important in AutoCAD. Learn about the different units settings and how they work together.
  • Correct units and scale: It's imperative to ensure these two settings are correct in your drawing. Having issues with scaling? Here's what to do.
  • AutoCAD and Land F/X ribbons: The ribbons are collections of tool buttons arranged logically within pertinent tabs. Get to know them – they'll speed up your workflow immensely. 
    This article includes a video.
  • AutoCAD Command Line: Every AutoCAD and Land F/X tool has its own keyboard command you can type in a location called the AutoCAD Command line. Take a tour.
  • Useful AutoCAD commands: Here are a few AutoCAD commands we find especially handy for landscape design.
  • Creating a folder structure: See our recommendations for saving your drawings and Xrefs in a logical folder structure that will keep you organized.
  • Create a zip file of a drawing and all project data: Our Support tool creates this zip file automatically, but sometimes you'll need to follow these manual steps to send us a copy of your drawing and project to include in a technical support ticket.

 

Webinars
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users: Learn about opening the software, working with file types, and understanding some of the tools you see around the screen. (59 min)
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users 2: Learn how Paper Space works with scale through viewports so you can plot what you draw to a full-scale PDF or plotter. You'll learn about layer and viewport best practices, scaling, annotating, and plotting. (59 min)
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users 3: We'll take you beyond the basics and provide some valuable insights into organizing your drawings and applying a better strategy to using AutoCAD tools. (53 min)
  • The Ribbon: Are you still using toolbars? It’s time to join the rest of us and start using the ribbon for all of your CAD endeavors. This week’s webinar will not just cover why the ribbon is superior to toolbars but will showcase the additions we have made to the default AutoCAD ribbon that benefit our clients’ specific needs. (47 min)
  • Using Civil 3D with Land F/X for a BIM Workflow: BIM is a process, and the combination of Land F/X with Civil 3D and SketchUp, Rhino and Revit is a key set of tools in integrating this process into your workflow and collaborate with your entire design team. Find out how to make your workflow BIM compliant in an increasingly competitive industry with new regulations that require BIM. (1 hr)
  • Working With Blocks: Blocks are integral to any CAD design. We'll show you how to maintain a good standard for the blocks you use and ensure that your blocks are easy to adjust, navigate, and place.
  • Working With Scale: We'll show you the basics of scale in both Imperial and Metric systems. We'll then continue into advanced tips and tricks for creating a perfect-looking sheet. (1 hr)
  • Sheet Setup: Learn some basics in proper sheet setup. We'll go over cleaning your base files, as well as best practices for Xrefing, creating templates, using the Land F/X Sheet Index, and more. (1 hr 6 min)
  • Metric Sheet Setup: This webinar covers the metric side of our recommended basic methods for setting up your drawing template, which will help prevent imported Xrefs from corrupting your drawing. Learn to set up Model Space and Paper Space for proper scaling, and use our Sheet Index tool. (1 hr)

 

Preventing Drawing Corruption

The majority of the technical support issues fielded by our technical support team are a direct result of drawing corruption. Keep your files in proper working order by cleaning all drawings and Xrefs you receive from others.

 

 

Articles

Drawing Corruption causes big problems if allowed to infest your drawings. Find out what causes it and learn how to:

 

Webinars
  • Sheet Setup: Learn some basics in proper sheet setup. We'll go over cleaning your base files, as well as best practices for Xrefing, creating templates, using the Land F/X Sheet Index, and more. (1 hr 6 min)
  • Metric Sheet Setup: We'll show you how to set up your drawing template, which will help prevent imported Xrefs from corrupting your drawing. (1 hr)

 

Drawing & Sheet Setup

From CAD newbies to seasoned veterans, every CAD user should get familiar with the correct method of setting up a drawing and layout sheets for plotting. We've broken the process down into a few integral steps on our Drawing & Sheet Setup outline.

 

 

Scale/ Align Images, PDFs, and Linework

 

Articles
  • Drawing templates (DWTs): Configure the scale, units, and all the other settings you want to use, and save them in a template that will apply to all your future drawings.
  • Drawing & Sheet Setup Instructions: Proper setup of your drawing requires much more than simply opening a CAD file and starting to design. We've outlined the entire process, providing step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your CADs file correctly. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Starting a Land F/X Project: An essential first step in using our CAD plugins) 
    This article includes a video.
  • Units settings: Learn about the different AutoCAD units settings and how they work together.
  • Setting the Scale and Units: Our Scale tool makes it quick and easy. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Creating layout & title block templates: Set yourself up for plotting.
  • External references (Xrefs): Bring other drawings or images into your drawing as overlays or attachments. 
    This article includes a video.

 

Webinars
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users 2: Learn how Paper Space works with scale through viewports so you can plot what you draw to a full-scale PDF or plotter. We'll give you some best practices on layers, viewport, scaling, annotating, and plotting. (59 min)
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users 3: We'll take you beyond the basics and provide some valuable insights into organizing your drawings and applying a better strategy to using AutoCAD tools, including creating a drawing template and working with Xrefs. (53 min)
  • Sheet Setup: learn some basics in proper sheet setup. We'll go over cleaning your base files, as well as best practices for Xrefing, creating templates, using the Land F/X Sheet Index, and more. (1 hr 6 min)
  • Metric Sheet Setup: This webinar covers the metric side of our recommended basic methods for setting up your drawing template, which will help prevent imported Xrefs from corrupting your drawing. You'll learn how to set up Model Space and Paper Space for proper scaling in metric units, and how to use our Sheet Index tool. (1 hr)

 

Configuration Settings: Our Recommendations

In this section, we provide best practices that will help you get the most of CAD and our plugins.

 

 

 

Articles

 

Webinars
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users: This webinar includes our recommendations for configuring some of the integral settings in the Options dialog box, including how to set your color scheme and windows colors. (59 min)

 

Layers

Layers are the essential elements of your CAD designs. Our CAD plugin includes several tools that help make layers work for you.   

 

 

Articles

 

Webinars
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users: This webinar includes a whole section on layers, including why you'd want objects on different layers. (59 min)
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users 2: Learn about layer and viewport best practices, and pick up some time on scaling, annotating, and plotting. (59 min)
  • Customize for Office Color Standards: This webinar covers the necessary tools and techniques for a black belt in the art of office standards – from CTB plotting files to valuable Land F/X tools that enable instant layer color conversions and office color setup. (1 hr 2 min)

 

Plotting

Getting your design on paper or into a PDF is a process that's as potentially complex as it is important. We'll show you how to simplify the plotting experience and achieve the best possible results.   

 

Customize and Configure Your Plotting Settings:

 

Ready to Plot? Here are Our Recommendations:
  • Plotting 101: Your guide to some essentials in the plotting process
  • Lines Merge: To plot your AutoCAD drawings correctly, it's crucial to have the Lines Merge setting enabled. Here's how (and why).
  • Exporting or saving to a PDF: Read up on our recommended best practices, including our recommended third-party PDF printers.
  • Plotter paper sizes: We've provided a list of the commonly used paper sizes from the international (ISO) A and North American ANSI standards.
  • Filter your paper sizes to only include those you actually use, and avoid the hassle of sifting through a vast number of possible sizes when plotting.
  • Transparent objects allow you to see through certain layers and see what's underneath. Learn how to configure your transparent object settings correctly.
  • Plotting pipe in an irrigation design: Need to plot an irrigation plan? You'll need to keep a few important considerations in mind.

 

Webinars
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users 2: Learn how Paper Space works with scale through viewports so you can plot what you draw to a full-scale PDF or plotter. Pick up some best practices for layers, viewports, scaling, annotating, and plotting. (59 min)
  • Best PDF Practices: AutoCAD allows you to import and export PDF files, but you may not know about your myriad options for doing so. Join us for some helpful tips on best practices and common troubleshooting techniques when working with PDFs. (1 hr 4 min)
  • Sheet Setup: Pick up some basics in proper sheet setup. We'll go over cleaning your base files, as well as best practices for Xrefing, creating templates, using the Land F/X Sheet Index, and more. (1 hr 6 min)
  • Metric Sheet Setup: Learn how to set up your Model Space and Paper Space for proper scaling in metric units for many metric standards, as well as how to use our Sheet Index tool. (1 hr)

 

Customization & Office Standards

You can customize everything in AutoCAD or F/X CAD from the buttons you see to the colors of your layers, and almost everything in between.

 

 

Working with Layer States

 

Customize Your AutoCAD Display and Workspace:

 

Customize Your Plotter Settings:
  • Want help configuring your settings for plotting (printing) your drawings? See the Plotting section above.

 

Customize Everything Else:

This is where we come in. Our software give you complete control over:

  • The colors, lineweights, and names of your layers
  • Your text settings, including fonts and point sizes, for specific applications such as labeling, scheduling, and more
  • Everything to do with planting, details, irrigation, and site & hardscape design

 

For information and instructions for customizing a number of your AutoCAD settings with the help of Land F/X, see our Customization Overview section.

 

Webinars
  • The Ribbon: Are you still using toolbars? It’s time to join the rest of us and start using the ribbon for all of your CAD endeavors. This week’s webinar will not just cover why the ribbon is superior to toolbars but will showcase the additions we have made to the default AutoCAD ribbon that benefit our clients’ specific needs. (47 min)
  • AutoLISP Basics: AutoLISP is a hidden gem within AutoCAD – a robust and capable programming language that’s easy to test and develop right from the CAD Command line. Get the full scoop from Land F/X CEO and head developer Jeremiah Farmer. (1 hr 2 min)
  • Intermediate AutoLISP: In this follow-up presentation, we’ll create a basic loop that processes all entities in the drawing, while discussing best practices in doing so. We’ll also show how to integrate your custom AutoLISP tools into the ribbon, and how best to organize your source files. (1 hr 7 min)
  • AutoLISP Advanced: we’ll work on a new prototype Land F/X tool, code named P-Hatch. The tool will involve intercepting mouse movements to modify a hatch entity in real time. We’ll use the full breadth of Land F/X helper functions to speed up the development and match the full extent of programming best practices, (1 hr 2 min)
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users: This webinar includes our recommendations for configuring some of the integral settings in the Options dialog box, including how to set your color scheme and windows colors. (59 min)
  • F/X CAD for New AutoCAD Users 3: We'll take you beyond the basics and provide some valuable insights into organizing your drawings and applying a better strategy to using AutoCAD tools, including creating a customized drawing template. (53 min)
  • Working With Blocks: Blocks are integral to any CAD design. We'll show you how to maintain a good standard for the blocks you use and ensure that your blocks are easy to adjust, navigate, and place.

 

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