DraftSight 2D CAD Training

An Instructor Led Classroom Based 2D CAD Course

A basic to intermediate training course for new and existing DraftSight users. The course covers the fundamental skills necessary for the efficient use of DraftSight and will provide you with an understanding of the more advanced commands. Experienced 2D CAD users may also benefit from this course to gain an understanding of the menu system and dialogs used by DraftSight.


Course details and prerequisites:

Duration: 2 Days
Type: Instructor Led
Level: Basic to Intermediate


  • Experience with the Windows™ operating system.


After the training you will be able to:
  • Create and modify DWG files
  • Better organize your DWGs with the use of Layers
  • Save drawing time and effort with the use of Blocks
  • Apply and edit Hatch Patterns
  • Arrange and print your drawings to scale correctly


Course Outline

Section 1 - User Interface

  • Gain an understanding of the DraftSight UI
  • Learn about the Title Bar, Pull-Down Menus, Toolbars, the Graphics Window, Command Line, Status Bar, Shortcut Menu, and Dialog Boxes
  • Keyboard Options

Section 2 - Creating a Simple Drawing

  • Drawing lines, circles, rectangles, arcs, and polygons
  • Basic Commands
  • Drawing Settings
  • Polar and Object Snap

Section 3 - Coordinates

  • Absolute, Relative, Polar Coordinates
  • Direct Distance input
  • Coordinate System
  • Units
  • Drawing Boundaries
  • Drawing Scale

Section 4 - Modify Commands

  • Entity Selection Options
  • Move, Copy, and Rotate entities
  • Scale, Mirror, and Offset entities
  • Trim and Extend

Section 5 - Properties and Layers Toolbars

  • Layer Control
  • Color Control
  • LineWeight and LineStyle Control
  • Adjusting Entity Properties
  • Using the Property Painter

Section 6 - Drawing Files

  • New, Save, and Edit Drawings
  • File Management
  • File Utilities

Section 7 - Advanced Commands

  • Point, Point Format
  • Mark Divisions, Mark Lengths
  • Creating and Editing Polylines
  • Split Entities
  • Create, Insert and Export Blocks
  • Explode Entities and Blocks
  • Purge and Export Drawings
  • Insert and Edit Hatch Patterns
  • Applying Fillets and Chamfers
  • Manipulating Entities using EntityGrips

Section 8 - View Commands

  • Dynamic Zoom and Pan
  • Zoom Window and Zoom Options
  • Rebuild
  • Named Views, Multiple ViewTiles

Section 9 - Text and Dimensions

  • Creating Simple Notes and adding Notes
  • Text Style
  • Edit Annotation
  • Find and Replace
  • Spell Check
  • Dimensions and Dimension Styles
  • Edit Dimension Text, Location, and Style

Section 10 - Drawing Output and Layout

  • Creating a Drawing Layout
  • Utilizing Drawing ViewTiles and Viewports
  • Print Command