AutoCAD Essentials with Federica Capitani

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About this course

A three day introduction to the AutoCAD software.

Course Description

SketchUp is a very powerful yet intuitive package. From conceptual sketching to video animation, it allows three dimensional modelling that is fast and accurate. It comes as near as possible to drawing on a piece of paper with the added features of computer technology.

SketchUp works with many file formats including AutoCAD files and 3D Studio and is quickly becoming an industry standard. Our course will lead you from its basic principles to the advanced digital techniques many designers are already enjoying.

Day one (Foundation)

Program Overview, Interface and Settings

Settings PC vs MAC

Basic Techniques, Inferring, Good Sketch Up Habits, 2D/3D Environment, Navigating in Space

Edit Menu and Large Tool Set

Drawing a 2D plan from a survey

Drawing a 2D plan re-tracing a JPG

Push/Pull Tool : creating a 3D model from a 2D plan

Creating openings ( doors and windows ) using Tape Measure

Tool for creating Guidelines

Warehouse : importing furniture into your model

Locating furniture into your model : Scale - Rotate - Move

Rendering your model importing Sketch Up default materials and textures

Paint Bucket Tool.

Day two (Intermediate)

Groups, Components, Outliner

Customising furniture imported from 3D Warehouse

Customising your model: importing clients fabrics and wallpapers

Creating skirting boards and cornices using Follow Me Tool

Reference Tools: Dimensions, Axes, Text

Printing and Output Options.

Day three (Intermediate)

Setting up a presentation - Step 1: Saving Views

Setting up a presentation - Step 2 : Styles

Setting up a presentation - Step 3 : Creating an animation/video

Creating sections: Section Plane

Improving your rendering : quick introduction to Twilight a free plug in for turning Sketch Up views into photo-realistic images.


This course takes place in London.

9.30am arrival on the day.

Teaching hours 10.00am - 4.00pm

Course Materials


  • All materials for this course are included in the course fee including the use of a PC laptop for each student.

Additional information

Breakfast refreshments and a delicious light lunch will be provided. While a vegetarian option is made available, we are unable to cater to specific food intolerances or food allergies.


Federica Capitani

Italian designer Federica Capitani studied Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Genova.

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