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LEdit Tutorial
LDraw Tutorial
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Cool LEGO Site of the Week
Sep. 6 - 19, 1998
Welcome to
Bram Lambrecht's
LDraw & LEdit Tutorial
 
Dedicated to James Jessiman (1971-1997), creator of LDraw.
Please visit the James Jessiman Memorial.
 
New!
 
Introduction
 
LDraw is an excellent program suite which allows users to document and display LEGO® models they have created. LDraw can be used to share the designs of LEGO® models with others, or it can be used to preserve the designs of models long after they have been taken apart in real life. You can do more with LDraw than just document the models you have built in real life - you can go beyond the real world. Build with colors that LEGO® doesn't release, or build with more pieces than you've ever seen before.
    First, you will need to download LDraw. Then, go throught the lessons of the tutorial or download the tutorial for offline use. The LDraw program suite is made up of two main programs, LEdit for creating and editing models, and LDraw for drawing the final images of the model. If you want to read this tutorial off-line or print it out, please check out the Printable version. If you want a guide to all the key strokes in LEdit, check out the Key Reference. When you're finished with the tutorial, go to the End.
 
 
 
Downloading and Installing
 
Unfortunately, LDraw is only available for MS-DOS, which you can run from Windows (3.x, 95, NT, or 98). If you haven't already downloaded and installed LDraw, download now.
 
 
LEdit Tutorial  Begin!
 
If you want to create your own virtual models, you will need to learn how to use LEdit. The LEdit tutorial is broken up into four parts, Basics, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. After completing Beginning, you will have a solid basis for creating your own models. If you want to know more to be able to build more complicated models, go on to Intermediate and Advanced.
 
LEdit Basics
Text OnlyEasy to print version
Images OnlyFigures to accompany text-only version
Lesson  0Using the Tutorial
Lesson  1Moving Pieces
Lesson  2Changing Part Numbers and Colors
Lesson  3Saving and Quitting
Lesson  4Loading a File and Adding More Pieces
Lesson  5Aligning Pieces Correctly and Changing Views
Lesson  6Moving Through the Pieces in the Model and Turning Pieces
 
Beginning LEdit
Text OnlyEasy to print version
Images OnlyFigures to accompany text-only version
Lesson  7Erasing the Screen and Adding More Pieces
Lesson  8Adding Pieces on Your Own
Lesson  9Adding Steps to the Model
 
Intermediate LEdit
Text OnlyEasy to print version
Images OnlyFigures to accompany text-only version
Lesson 10Turning Pieces Vertically
Lesson 11Building the Canopy with More Turned Pieces
Lesson 12Even More Turned Pieces
 
Advanced LEdit
Text OnlyEasy to print version
Images OnlyFigures to accompany text-only version
Lesson 13Creating the Tail Using a Sub-Model
Lesson 14Making the Wings - Two More Sub-Models
Lesson 15Attaching the Wings
 
 
LDraw Tutorial
 
If you're not interested in creating your own models, you just want to see those of others; or if you want to make final drawings of the models you've created in LEdit, LDraw is the program you need.
 
Learning to Use LDraw
(if you didn't create the LEdit tutorial model)
Text OnlyEasy to print version
Lesson 1Running LDraw
Lesson 2LDraw Options - Drawing Modes, Scale, and Background Colors
Lesson 3Changing Views
 
Learning to Use LDraw
(for after LEdit Lesson 9)
Lesson 1Running LDraw
Lesson 2LDraw Options - Drawing Modes, Scale, and Background Colors
Lesson 3Changing Views
 
Learning to Use LDraw
(for after LEdit Lesson 12)
Lesson 1Running LDraw
Lesson 2LDraw Options - Drawing Modes, Scale, and Background Colors
Lesson 3Changing Views
 
Learning to Use LDraw
(for after LEdit Lesson 15)
Lesson 1Running LDraw
Lesson 2LDraw Options - Drawing Modes, Scale, and Background Colors
Lesson 3Changing Views
 
 
New
 
April 14, 1999:  MAKELST2 updated to MKLIST on the Download page.
 
February 19, 1999:  ZIP version of tutorial added for offline browsing.
 
December 22, 1998:  Printable versions of tutorial created. Text only navigation provided on the bottom of tutorial pages, and buttons added to sides of non-lesson pages. Key reference guide added.
 
November 25, 1998:  LDraw Lessons improved for non-LEdit users. "End" page updated with LUGNet and LDLite.
 
September 6, 1998:  Site chosen as the 100th Cool LEGO Site of the Week (view the summary).
 
September 6, 1998:  Site released.
 
 
 
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Copyright © 1998 Bram Lambrecht
Please do not copy or use text or images
without the author's permission.