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All of the books within the Design Skills Store are delivered to you in a downloadable PDF format that you simply save to your hard drive and open in Acrobat Reader. This means that you can instantly access the training materials after purchase without waiting for CD's to arrive in the post days later. The option to print any part of the books is also available so that you can read the relevant training section first and then print it out when you apply the principles to the actual VectorWorks software. If you have any questions or simply want to know more about what you will learn from a particular book please contact us via our contact form or you can call us on +44 (0) 70 9231 5229 Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm GMT and we will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.
Skills Communication
Symbols, images and drawings are key communication tools for a designer: to study forms, brainstorm, develop ideas and present projects. In order to accurately convey their design intent, designers must learn and practice skills such as drawing and rendering, both key communication tools universally used and understood.

Communication - Colour Theory and Rendering Techniques

This book is designed to provide learners with an overview of colour theory and core rendering techniques and materials often used by designers: coloured pencil, marker pens, pastels, watercolour. Includes free bonus.

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Skills CAD Training
Our CAD training manuals are designed to help you learn to draw using VectorWorks. Anyone using this software has to learn the fundamentals of drawings, no matter what their speciality is. To make the learning process easier, we have designed training manuals for each stage: beginners, intermediate and advanced. This enable people to assimilate what they learn and develop a degree of autonomy before moving on to the next level.

CAD Training - Beginners Level
Beginners book 1: 2D Drafting

This e-book focuses on VectorWorks basic tools and main menu commands to help you build a foundation of knowledge that will enable you to understand the way the program works and produce 2D drafting drawings. This will be done through a series of lessons and simple exercises, which you can then adapt to your drawing requirements. Select Version for further info.

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For all versions of Minicad and VectorWorks versions 8 through to 11.5.
Beginners book 2: 3D Drawing

This e-book focuses on how to use VectorWorks to easily construct 3D ideas and view them from different angles in projection and perspective. The tutorial introduces the concept of Architectural drawing with VectorWorks. You will learn how to set up a project as well as the basic architectural tools. The tutorial is designed to help you learn specific tools, drawing and presentation methods so that in time, you will be able to define your own drawing strategies. Select Version for further info.

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For all versions of Minicad and VectorWorks versions 8 through to 11.5.
Beginnerrs package
A combination of the 2D and 3D e-books above in one package. This offers you the most cost effective way to start learning VectorWorks with a comprehensive set of learning outcomes and knowledge. Includes free bonuses. Select Version for further info.

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For all versions of Minicad and VectorWorks versions 8 through to 11.5.

CAD Training - Intermediate Level
Intermediate book 1: 3D Modelling

This tutorial is designed to help you understand standard 3D modelling features of VectorWorks, how to create and map textures with RenderWorks and how to prepare a detailed presentation plate. Select Version for further info.

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For VectorWorks versions 10 through to 11.5. Renderworks preferred but not essential.
Intermediate book 2: 3D modelling

This tutorial is designed to reinforce your understanding of standard 3D modelling features of VectorWorks while introducing some of the more advanced 3D modelling tools, in preparation for the advanced level tutorials. Select Version for further info.

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For VectorWorks versions 10 through to 11.5. Renderworks preferred but not essential.
Intermediate 3D Modelling Package
A combination of the 2 modelling e-books above in one package. This offers you the most cost effective way to advance your learning of VectorWorks with a comprehensive set of learning outcomes and knowledge. Includes free bonus. Select Version for further info.

To download a sample of this book in PDF format please download the two samples above.
For VectorWorks versions 10 through to 11.5. Renderworks preferred but not essential.

CAD Training - Advanced Level
Advanced book 1: 3D Modelling

The first part is designed to help you understand some of VectorWorks most advanced features: drawing with Non Uniform Rational B-Spline (NURBS), the Loft Tool, basic lighting and rendering with RenderWorks. The second part is designed to help you further your understanding of NURBS Arcs and Circles to draw organic shapes. Select Version for further info.

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For VectorWorks versions 10 through to 11.5. Renderworks preferred for part 1 but not essential.
Advanced book 2: 3D Modelling and Animation

This project is designed to help you understand some of the more advanced 3D Modelling features of VectorWorks using a number of tools from the 3D Power Pack, with in depth practical information about the animation potential of VectorWorks. Select Version for further info.

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For VectorWorks versions 10 through to 11.5.
Advanced 3D Modelling Package
A combination of the 2 modelling e-books above in one package. This offers you the most cost effective way to advance your learning of VectorWorks with a comprehensive set of learning outcomes and knowledge. Includes free bonus. Select Version for further info.

To download a sample of this book in PDF format please download the two samples above.
For VectorWorks versions 10 through to 11.5. Renderworks preferred for part 1 of tutorial 1 but not essential.

Skills Resources
Design courses and design professions have never been so popular. Yet information on studying and working within a specific field can be difficult to come by and fragmented. Our guide covers key areas and provides useful information needed to make informed decisions before embarking on an interior design career.

Resources - Design Careers
Interior Design Career

Who is it for? People who wish to understand what it means to be an interior designer, as well as the skills involved, before embarking on a course of study and/or career change. It will also greatly benefit those who live abroad but would like to come and study interior design in the UK. Includes free bonuses.

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