Imperial Version

This page introduces beginners to the use of CAD software to create landscape design drawings. We will create the design shown below in some easy steps.

Courtyard design

Getting started with gCADPlus – Movie #01

YouTube movie We introduce new users to gCADPlus by building a simple design for a courtyard. New users are encouraged to start with the default template and use the distance command in the drawing editor (with its dark coloured background) and 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 A3 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.

Getting started with gCADPlus – Movie #02

YouTube movie  We continue our ‘getting started’ series by adding a new path to a design for a courtyard. Precise location of new lines is demonstrated using various entity snap choices – endpoint, nearest, perpendicular etc. Reaching these via the right mouse button is shown. We imagine that this is a concept plan and and import a set of ‘sketchy’ symbols to dress up the design.

Getting started with gCADPlus – Movie #03

YouTube movie We move along in this getting started series of movies by importing a palette of sketchy symbols. The palette is the broken up into separate symbols. These are copied of moved into the design for a courtyard. Various entity snap steps are demonstrated – endpoint, nearest, perpendicular etc.

Getting started with gCADPlus – Movie #04

YouTube movie The getting started with gCADPlus concludes with the addition of some bench seating in the entertaining space, applying dimensions (linear and aligned) some text using the leader tool. The completed design is then printed to high quality PDF using a ‘phantom’ PDF writer.

The exercises her can all be carried out with the free (demo) version of gCADPlus.

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