Week #14 – Navigation and Drafting Power Tips

This module teaches advanced methods for navigating around the project and for drafting and placing elements. I call these drafting techniques advanced not because they are hard to use, but because they’re more specialized power tools – you can get by without them, but will speed your work when you use them in the right context. The navigation shortcuts will help you jump quickly to specific areas of the project, and to control the viewing position more precisely.

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