AutoCAD 2D Drafting and Annotation
The Complete Guide

This course is designed to give you a solid understanding of AutoCAD features and capabilities, covering sketching, layers, dimension styles, dynamic blocks and A360.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English, German, French, Spanish
Course Length: 40 Hours

What you'll learn

  • New for AutoCAD 2021
  • New for AutoCAD 2020
  • Introduction to AutoCAD
  • Starting with Sketching
  • Working with Drawing Aids
  • Editing Sketched Objects
  • Layers
  • Editing Sketched Objects II
  • Creating Text and Tables
  • Dimensioning and Detailing Your Drawings
  • Editing Dimensions
  • Dimension Styles
  • Adding Constraints to Sketches
  • Hatching Drawings
  • Paper Space
  • Plotting and Publishing Drawings
  • Template Drawings
  • Working with Blocks
  • AutoCAD Sheet Sets
  • Collaboration  with AutoCAD

Course Description

AutoCAD 2D Drafting and Annotation The Complete Guide is designed to give you a solid understanding of AutoCAD features and capabilities. This course covers Starting with Sketching, Layers, Dimension Styles, Dynamic Blocks and A360. Autodesk AutoCAD is a powerful CAD software helping professionals create 2D drawings faster and with more precision. Its simplified 2D drafting allows teams to work more efficiently by sharing drawings across connected desktop, cloud, and mobile solutions.

To get the most out of this course, we strongly recommend you review every topic within the course, and use all the learning styles to ensure you retain the important information within. We also encourage you to take all the progress tests to ensure you have retained the knowledge, and most importantly practice with the hundreds of real-world, Let Me Try examples.

Autodesk Certification Objectives: The “!” Symbol indicates an Autodesk Certification Exam Objective.  Focus on these areas to prepare for your certification exam.

Course Outline

AutoCAD 2D Drafting and Annotation Course Outline

New for AutoCAD

  • General Updates
  • Drawing Compare
  • Document Improvements
  • Layer Enhancements

Introduction to AutoCAD

  • Introduction to AutoCAD
  • Getting Started with AutoCAD

Starting with Sketching

  • Drawing Lines
  • Creating Other 2D Objects
  • AutoCAD Polylines
  • Adding Points

Working with Drawing Aids

  • Drawing Aids
  • More Drawing Aids

Editing Sketched Objects

  • Editing Sketched Objects
  • Duplicating Objects
  • Separating and Joining Sketched Objects
  • More Editing Tools


  • Working with Layers
  • Layer Tools

Editing Sketched Objects II

  • Object Properties
  • Utilizing Grips

Creating Text and Tables

  • Annotative Objects
  • Creating Text
  • Using Tables
  • More Text Tools

Dimensioning and Detailing Your Drawings

  • Dimensioning
  • More Dimensioning
  • Working with True Associative Dimensions
  • Adding Leaders

Editing Dimensions

  • Editing Dimensions Using Editing Tools
  • Editing Dimensions Part 2

Dimension Styles

  • Dimension Styles
  • Using Dimension Styles

Adding Constraints to Sketches

  • Constraints in a Sketch
  • Dimensions, Parameters, and Equations

Hatching Drawings

  • Hatching Basics
  • Modifying Hatch Properties

Paper Space

  • Paper Space Layouts
  • Adding Viewports
  • Working with Viewports
  • Layout Tools

Plotting Drawings

  • Plotting Drawings In AutoCAD
  • Plot Styles and Page Setups
  • Publishing to other File Types

Template Drawings

  • Templates
  • Customizing Templates

Working with Blocks

  • Working with Blocks
  • Inserting Blocks
  • Changing Blocks

Dynamic Blocks

  • Building Dynamic Blocks

AutoCAD Sheet Sets

  • An Introduction to Sheet Sets
  • Build a Sheet Set
  • Sheet Set Views

AutoCAD and A360

  • AutoCAD in the Cloud

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

Certification Objectives

AutoCAD Certified Professional Roadmap


  • Draw lines and rectangles
  • Draw Circles, Arcs, and Polygons
  • DRAW WITH ACCURACY Use object-snap tracking
  • Use Coordinate Systems
  • Make isometric drawings


  • Move and copy objects
  • Rotate and scale objects
  • Create and use arrays
  • Trim and extend objects
  • Offset and mirror objects
  • Use grip editing
  • Fillet and chamfer objects


  • Draw and edit polylines
  • Blend between objects with splines
  • Apply hatches and gradients


  • Change object properties
  • Alter layer assignments for objects
  • Control layer visibility
  • Assign properties by object or layer
  • Manage layer properties


  • Work with blocks
  • Manage block attributes
  • Reference external drawings and images


  • Add and modify text
  • Use dimensions
  • Add and modify multileaders
  • Create and assign annotative styles
  • Use tables


  • Create layouts
  • Use viewports
  • Set printing and plotting options

About the Author

Mike Thomas spent the first 12-years of his career in the Autodesk channel working for an Autodesk reseller as an Application Specialist. During his travels, he delivered countless hours of training, support, demos, and implementations. He was very fortunate to be able to help solve many issues with Autodesk software. Mike has been using AutoCAD since r13, cut his solid modeling teeth on Mechanical Desktop, and has been using Inventor since before it was known as Inventor. Data Management has always been a big part of his professional life, for the most part with Autodesk Vault.

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