CADTutor: The best free help for AutoCAD on the web

Learn AutoCAD with our Free Tutorials

CADTutor delivers the best free tutorials and articles for AutoCAD, 3ds Max and associated applications along with a friendly forum. If you need to learn AutoCAD, or you want to be more productive, you're in the right place. See our tip of the day to start learning right now!

Free Tutorials and More

The Tutorials section provides over 100 original tutorials for AutoCAD, 3ds Max and other design applications such as Photoshop and Bryce. Michael’s Corner is a monthly article that brings you the best up-to-date AutoCAD tips and tricks. The Forums are a lively bulletin board where AutoCAD users can ask questions and get answers. The Download area provides free AutoCAD blocks, free AutoLISP routines and free digital images.

Image of the Week

28th September to 4th October 2015

This week's image is by Cad64
Software used: AutoCAD 2008 and 3ds Max 8

See all Images of the Week published in the last month.

Site News

Michael’s Corner - August/September 2015

Settings and Switches

Welcome to a rather later than expected August/September edition of Michael's Corner. As is usual this time of year holidays and vacations tend to disrupt the usual flow of events. I hope you had a great break or are looking forward to the same. All I have to do now is sort through the hundreds of photos… or maybe I should just buy a new SD card.

Anyway, back to work, and this month's Corner includes the usual rich mix of smart tricks and efficiency savings. Want to speed up AutoCAD startup? We've got that covered. Want to learn all about AutoCAD 2016's new system variable monitor? We've got that covered too. In fact, if you look back through the archives at Michael's Corner, there's very little that hasn't been covered over the years. So if you do have an idle moment (I know!), do yourself a favour and browse through the last 12 years of this fantastic resource.

We'll be back with another Corner at the beginning of October. Until then, have a super-productive time at work and make sure you take that break you deserve (if you haven't already had one). Oh, and if you're a college or university student, listen carefully to your tutors and work hard, it pays off in the end!

Video Tutorials

We've added a new Video Tutorials section to CADTutor! Some of our users have asked for video tutorials in addition to the text-based tutorials already on the site. Check them out and let us know what you think. Also, for those of you who prefer to watch your online video at YouTube, why not visit the CADTutor YouTube channel?

Tutorials of the Moment

The most recently viewed tutorials

Learning Autodesk AutoCAD 2013

Learning Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 | AutoCADIn these 18 videos, Brian Benton introduces you to Autodesk AutoCAD 2013. Beginners will learn from scratch and experienced users will learn all the new features.


Site Layout Exercise 1

Site Layout Exercise 1 | AutoCADThis exercise is designed to help you test out your basic AutoCAD skills. You'll need an understanding of the Draw and Modify tools and how to use co-ordinates.

Last visited: less than one minute ago


Last visited: less than one minute ago

Landscape Materials

Landscape Materials | 3ds MaxEfficient landscape modelling demands the ability to create realistic looking surfaces, edges and objects quickly and precisely. This tutorial discusses the issues.


Object Selection

Object Selection | AutoCADThis tutorial shows you the many ways AutoCAD objects can be selected. Covers the building of selection sets with implied windowing, fences etc.

Last visited: less than one minute ago


Last visited: less than one minute ago

Forum Latest

Currently Active Threads

area in boxes

by Hsanon13 replies
Last post: 6 minutes ago

hidden jewel - flatshot

by bjenk81001 reply
Last post: 1 hour ago

no light from render

by xeniup6 replies
Last post: 2 hours ago

Screen darkens (dims) in model space

by grain3 replies
Last post: 5 hours ago

Which are Popular Social media sites…

by rickiesmith43414 replies
Last post: 6 hours ago

This Week’s Hot Threads

Inserting a Dynamic Block and Settin…

by pearldrumbum22 replies
Viewed: 514 times

Open read only

by broncos1519 replies
Viewed: 533 times

IF linetype exists

by Happy Hobbit16 replies
Viewed: 405 times

Select specified texts in ddedit dia…

by wimal13 replies
Viewed: 337 times

New Text Style by Layer(s) from TXT…

by antistar10 replies
Viewed: 355 times

Tip of the Day

Shift + Right-click menu

Shift Right-click MenuObject snaps are really inportant in AutoCAD and in addition to the running object snaps, many AutoCAD users have the Object Snap toolbar permanently docked on their screen. However, as screen space is often at a premium, you might like to consider accessing the object snaps from the Shift + Right-click menu. If you didn't know about this, you'll find that it's even better than the Object Snap toolbar because it takes up no space and it contains all the object snaps including "Mid Between 2 Points" and the Point Filters.

Today's tip is by dbroada

Missed a Tip?

Did you miss yesterday's tip? Maybe you forgot to drop by or maybe you don't visit over the weekend. If so, you can now see all the tips published during the past week. Also, if you have a tip you'd like to share with us, you can post it on our forum and if we like it, we'll publish it here.

Local Navigation


Helping you to learn more of the skills you need, for free.

Featured Tutorial:

AutoCAD 2010: 3D Scale & 3D Align

AutoCAD 2010: 3D Scale & 3D Align | AutoCAD

CADTutor tutorials are comprehensive lessons, designed to give you a deeper understanding.

Total tutorials: 133

Michael’s Corner

Michael Beall shows you how to work smarter and faster.

Michael Beall

Each month, Michael’s Corner presents a series of useful articles that help you use AutoCAD more efficiently.

Total articles: 561

CADTutor Forum

Need help? Ask a question and get an answer fast.


A world-wide membership means that there’s always someone online.

Total threads: 84,654

Sponsored Links

Accessibility statement

Valid XHTML 1.0!Valid CSS!Creative Commons Licence