How Do You Draft in AutoCAD?

Are you new to AutoCAD and wondering how to draft your designs? Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the drafting process in AutoCAD, step by step.

Getting Started

Before we dive into the drafting process, let’s make sure you have a basic understanding of AutoCAD’s interface. Familiarize yourself with the different tools and commands available to create precise drawings.

Step 1: Set Up Your Workspace

First things first, let’s set up our workspace. Go to the “Workspace” dropdown menu and choose the workspace that suits your needs. You can select “Drafting & Annotation” for a more traditional drafting setup or “3D Modeling” for more complex designs.

Step 2: Create a New Drawing

To start drafting, create a new drawing by clicking on “New” under the “File” tab. Select the desired template or choose a blank drawing if you prefer to start from scratch.

Drafting Tools

Now that we have our workspace set up and a new drawing created, let’s explore some essential drafting tools in AutoCAD:

Line Tool

The Line tool allows you to draw straight lines between two points. Simply click on the Line tool icon or type “Line” in the command line, then specify the starting and ending points of your line.

Circle Tool

The Circle tool is used to draw circles of various sizes. Click on the Circle tool icon or type “Circle” in the command line, then specify the center point and radius or diameter of your circle.

Arc Tool

The Arc tool is used to draw arcs or curved lines. Click on the Arc tool icon or type “Arc” in the command line, then specify the starting point, endpoint, and any additional parameters such as radius or angle.

Drafting Techniques

Now that you’re familiar with some basic drafting tools, let’s explore a few techniques to enhance your drafting skills:

Ortho Mode

Ortho Mode restricts the cursor movement to horizontal and vertical directions only. To enable Ortho Mode, click on the Ortho Mode button in the status bar or press the F8 key. This mode ensures that your lines are perfectly vertical or horizontal.

Polar Tracking

Polar Tracking allows you to draw lines at specific angles relative to existing objects or coordinates. You can enable Polar Tracking by clicking on the Polar Tracking button in the status bar or by pressing the F10 key. Specify your desired angle, and AutoCAD will help you draw lines accurately.

Organizing Your Drawing

To keep your drawing organized and easy to understand, consider using layers and dimensioning tools:


Layers allow you to group similar objects together and control their visibility. Create new layers by clicking on the Layer Properties button in the Home tab. Assign objects to different layers based on their properties (e.g., dimensions on one layer, annotations on another).

Dimensioning Tools

To add dimensions to your drawing, use AutoCAD’s dimensioning tools such as Linear Dimension, Radial Dimension, or Angular Dimension. These tools help you accurately represent distances and angles within your design.

In Conclusion

Drafting in AutoCAD may seem overwhelming at first, but with practice and the right knowledge of tools and techniques, you’ll be able to create precise and professional drawings. Remember to explore different features within AutoCAD to enhance your drafting experience further.

Now that you know the basics of drafting in AutoCAD, it’s time to start putting your skills into practice. Happy drafting!