Beginning AutoCAD® 2018 Exercise Workbook

Beginning AutoCAD® 2018 Exercise Workbook

By Cheryl R. Shrock and Steve Heather


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What users are saying about Beginning AutoCAD 2018:

"This workbook is great for first-time AutoCAD users such as my self. Each section is clearly explained and the exercises at the end of each chapter reinforce what you just learned.. If you follow tje reading and do the exercises, you will lear the basics. I am looking foward to trying out the Advanced book soon." —R. Moore, Amazon Customer Review


"This is the absolute best book! It has helped a total novice. I found myself assigned to do space planning; my company gave me AutoCAD LT. I do the lesson step by step and then, WOW I get it. I have been able to teach mself the basics for updating our drawings." —K.D. Mitchell, Amazon Customer Review



The Beginning AutoCAD® 2018 Exercise Workbook is designed for classroom instruction and self-study alike, and is now suitable for both inch and metric users to accommodate readers around the world.  Each lesson starts with step-by-step instructions on how to master a particular task, followed by exercises designed for practicing the commands readers learned within that lesson.


The 2018 version of the software boasts the new feature of being able to import SHX fonts when importing documents into AutoCAD.  With past versions, you could only import SHX fonts as objects that were included in the PDF, which meant that users could not alter the text in any way.  In this 2018 version of the software, the text is fully editable – the same as TrueType text and fonts.  That’s a tremendous advantage for architects and designers, who use SHX fonts extensively in their drawings.


Written by Cheryl Shrock and Steve Heather, two bestselling authors and official Beta Testers of AutoCAD® software, this is an invaluable resource for the thousands of students, designers, architects, and manufacturers who are just learning AutoCAD®, or getting up to speed with the latest version of the software.


New and Improved Features

  • Introduces the ability to import SHX fonts when importing a PDF document into AutoCAD.
  • Also covers the new ability to convert single rows of text into paragraphs.
  • Provides instruction on exciting new AutoCAD features released early to beta testers.
  • All exercises include metric equivalents alongside the original imperial (inch) measurements.


To download a file containing the supplied preset drawings mentioned and used in this book click here


    If you like this book, also check out the new

    Advanced AutoCAD 2018 Exercise Workbook,

    AutoCAD 3D Modeling Exercise Workbook, and the new

    Beginning AutoCAD 2021 Exercise Workbook.

    Beginning AutoCAD 2021

    Cheryl Shrock


    Cheryl Shrock is a retired Professor and Chairperson of Computer Aided Design at Orange Coast College in California. She developed the world-reknowned AutoCAD® Exercise Workbooks for classroom and self-study use as a result of both her teaching skills and extensive industry experience. An acclaimed AutoCAD expert, she is an Autodesk® registered author.



    Steve Heather

    Steve Heather is a former Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Aided Design in England. For the past 8 years, he has been a Beta Tester for Autodesk®, testing the latest AutoCAD® software. Previous to teaching, and for more than 30 years, Heather worked as a Precision Engineer in the aerospace and defense industries. In addition to co-authoring the Beginning and Advanced AutoCAD® Exercise Workbooks and the AutoCAD Pocket Reference, he also is author of AutoCAD 3D Modeling and the Engineers Precision Data Pocket Reference and is a key engineering consultant and contributor to the Machinery's Handbook. Steve welcomes emails about his books at


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    30 Lessons, including full instructions and illustrations


    6 Appendixes