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We load the gCADPlus application and start with the default template. The result is shown below.

Default templateWe introduce beginners to landscape design CAD software by providing a movie showing step-by-step how to create a design for a courtyard.

We then use the distance command in the drawing editor (with its dark coloured background) to measure the space available for a new design. It’s plenty!

Tip: When using CAD software, we draw full size – the space available to build the design is infinite. 

Just like a ‘proper’ drawing board, CAD has drawing aids. We turn on the polar switch in the status line so lines can be drawn precisely orthogonal. Lines can also be drawn at 45 degrees or other fixed angles.

Three lines are drawn with accurate lengths by typing the required distances. When that’s done, they are joined using a command found on the modify drop down menu. We show that for convenience, commands such as join can be activated by clicking the right mouse button. This action forms a courtyard wall – its precise width is set using the offset command.

Once that’s done, we begin to ‘dress up’ the developing design by importing some of the pre-drawn plant symbols available in the gCADPlus library and view the result as it would appear on an architectural C size sheet.

The take home lesson is that most design and drafting work in done in model space (with its dark background) while layout space is used to print the design.

Tip: This learning module can be completed using the free (demo) version of gCADPlus. Download your free copy here.

YouTube movie We introduce new users to gCADPlus by building a simple design for a courtyard. We start with the default template and use the distance command in the drawing editor (with its dark coloured background) to measure the space available for a new design. We turn on the polar switch in the status line so lines can be drawn orthogonal (and at 45 degrees) to each other. Three lines are drawn with accurate lengths by typing the required distances and then joined using a command found on an editing menu activated by clicking the right mouse button. This action forms a courtyard wall and its width set using the offset command. We begin to dress up the developing design by importing one of the pre-drawn plant symbols in the gCADPlus library and view the result as it would appear on an architectural C size sheet. The take home lesson is that most design and drafting work in done in model space (with its dark background) while layout space is used to print the design.