AutoCAD Training for Landscape Designers

Popular among freelancers, independent designers or small business owners - this online course guides you step-by-step how to use AutoCAD for the landscape design industry. Contained within this course is a digital library with 180+ pre-built CAD landscape symbols (construction details, plant symbols, furniture layouts and more) with pre-loaded settings, templates, title blocks, scales and other digital resources to use on all future projects.

$ 1,497.00



Week 1: Overview of AutoCAD

  • Module 1 – Learn Only What Matters
    • Get an overview of AutoCAD’s interface/navigation specific to landscape design and learn only what matters in AutoCAD for the profession
  • Module 2 – Learn (24) AutoCAD Commands for Landscape Designers
    • Designed to serve as a library with short, step-by-step videos – and practice assignments helping you learn 24 of the most valuable AutoCAD commands used for landscape design.
    • Files Provided: .dwg file with Practice AutoCAD Commands Assignments
  • Module 3 – Import Pen Settings (.ctb file included)
    • Learn the basics of Pen Settings and upload the pre-built pen settings file to transform your drawings into presentation style drawings.
    • Files Provided: .ctb file with pre-built pen settings

Week 2: How to Start Landscape Plans in AutoCAD

  • Module 1 – Four Methods to Starting a Landscape Plan in AutoCAD
    • Understand the four main different methods to start ever single landscape project, this process has not changed over the last 10+ years.
    • Files Provided: .dwg file with AutoCAD Layers specific to Landscape Design
  • Module 2 – Onsite Measurements
    • Learn how to import images with onsite measurements to create a basemap
    • Files Provided: Onsite measurements provided by contractor + .dwg file for reference
  • Module 3 – Rasterized Plat of Survey
    • Understand and identify a rasterized survey and learn how to import a rasterized plat of survey to create a basemap
    • Files Provided: Rasterized Plat of Survey provided by homeowner + .dwg file for reference
  • Module 4 – Vectorized Plat of Survey
    • Understand and identify a vectorized survey and learn how to import a vectorized plat of survey to create a basemap
    • Files Provided: Vectorized Plat of Survey provided by architect + .dwg file for reference
  • Module 5 – Engineer’s AutoCAD File
    • Review and understand an engineer’s AutoCAD file to create a basemap
    • Files Provided: AutoCAD File provided by engineer

Week 3: How to Design Landscapes with AutoCAD

  • Module 1 – Basemap Preparation
    • Create a basemap with a Vector Plat of Survey
    • Files Provided: Vector survey and referenced .dwg file.
  • Module 2 – Creating Grids Across Site
    • Establish continuity within the site by learning how to create grids from existing on-site elements.
    • Files Provided: The Minimalist Plant Library ($247) value)
  • Module 3 – Functional Diagramming
    • Learn how to transform any site into a fully functioning, performative landscape design that takes account space planning.
    • Files Provided: PDF of Chapter 8 from 5th Edition of Residential Landscape Architecture: Design Process for the Private Residence by Norman K. Booth and James E. Hiss
  • Module 4 – Conceptual Planning
    • Utilize The Minimalist Plant Library to embellish the landscape plan with pre-built elements like plant blocks, outdoor furniture, kitchens, etc.
    • Files Provided: Checklist of items to include in the landscape provided by homeowner + referenced .dwg file
  • Module 5 – Design Development
    • Employ the 24 AutoCAD Commands to transform your concept into a flushed out design landscape design.
    • Files Provided: Referenced .dwg file.

Week 4: How to Setup Title Blocks and Export Landscape Plans to PDF

  • Module 1 – Construction Detailing
    • Utilize the Construction Detail Library to communicate landscape ideas to contractors and homeowners
    • Files Provided: The Details Library ($1297 value, depending on package selection)
  • Module 2 – Finalizing a Landscape Plan
    • What to look for when finalizing the landscape design packet for presentation
  • Module 3 – Exporting and Printing to PDF
    • Take your landscape plan from the computer to a printable PDF to present at client meetings from the Pen Settings delivered in Week 1
    • Files Provided: Referenced PDF file
  • Module 4- What Not to Do in AutoCAD
    • AutoCAD is not a complicated program, learn the “what do to do’s” that I have learned over the course of 10+ years.

**This course includes The Details Library (value of $1,297) and The Minimalist Plant Library (value of $227)**


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