Properties, Style Set and Cloning

Exercise 09 – General Properties

Common properties such as Colour, Layer, Style and Weight apply to all entities and are called General Properties.

Colour refers to a colour number. The actual colour linked to that number can be changed by the user, so for example colour #1 may be red in some drawings and green in others. Let’s take a look.

  1. Pick the Colour wheel icon to open the colour section of the General Properties dialog.

The Current colour is indicated by a filled dot in the left column and the visibility and selectability is indicated in the right-hand columns. You can only have one currently active colour at any one time.

  1. Select a new desired active colour by clicking on the colour, and then clicking OK or by simply double-clicking the colour.

The currently active colour and its number display in the in the menu as shown…

The Colour number is also displayed on the program Title bar at the top of your screen. Take a look.

Colour Palettes

Unique sets of colours can be created, saved and later recalled.  When you’re more familiar with the software we encourage you to create a colour palette that works well for you.
When you import a drawing from an associate, you bring with it your associates colour scheme. If you like it, save it so you can use it in the future.
There is a ‘factory default’ set of colours that you can reset your software back to if desired.

Layers are used as a way of categorising similar items together. For example, in a landscape plan the property boundary lines will be placed on a layer called Boundary whilst the lines that represent a house may be placed on a layer called House!

Layers are numbered 0 to 2047 and can be named to make it easier to remember what they will be used for. You can only have one active layer at any one time. The active layer is indicated by the filled dot.

Layers are activated in the same way as colours, by using the Layer icon.

  1. Click the Layers Icon to open the same dialog with the Layers section on top.

  2. Use the same method to select a desired Layer as you did with colour – And like colour, the active layer is displayed on the menu and in the Title bar.
  3. Click twice slowly in the Name column to name or edit the name of a layer number. If you second click too quickly it will assume you double-clicked and the dialog will accept your selection and close, so be gentle.

Layer Palettes

Various layers can be combined into a Layer Palette and given a unique name. As an example, in an Architect’s drawing all the plumbing layers may be in a palette called Plumbing, all the electrical layers may be in a palette called Electrical and so on.
This makes it easy to switch a predefined set of layers on or off rather than picking them individually each time.
A single layer may end up in any number of layer palettes.

Styles work in the same way as colours and layers allowing you to select from various predefined line styles or edit and create your own.

  1. Select the Style icon, just to take a look. Click OK when you’re done.

  2. Take a look on your screen at where the current Style is being displayed.

More Style

You can customise standard line styles by adjusting the length of each dash and each gap as well as create new complex line styles of almost any shape.

Weight refers to the thickness of a line when printed. The larger the value, the thicker or heavier the line when printed.

  1. Select the Weight Icon to see the weights you can choose from.

Losing Weight

You can switch the display of line weights on or off as desired by checking or unchecking the option on the General Properties dialog or next to the icon

Entity Specific Properties

Follow the steps below to investigate setting, viewing and changing entity properties

  1. Double-click on the backbone line of the right-hand fish to reveal a dialog.

(Alternatively, right-click to activate the context menu and select Show Properties).

Check the name of the dialog, ‘Line Verify’, this tells us the entity is a line and not a curve or arc or dimension etc. Note also its colour, weight, layer and style are displayed along with other attributes.

We are now going to change the Colour and Weight properties of this single line.

  1. Pick the colour icon from within the ‘Line verify’ dialog to open the General Properties dialog. Choose your desired colour from the ‘Colour Selection’ dialog. Click OK.
  2. Repeat with the Weight Pick a desired line weight and then click OK.
  3. Now OK the Line Verify dialog.
  4. Deselect the line to reveal the changes you’ve made to that line.

The above method works for a single entity when its dialog box is open. To modify multiple selections at once, open the General Properties dialog after making your selection, change the various colour, weight, layer and style settings in one go as desired and then click OK. This is faster as you don’t have to OK each change before making the next change.

  1. Try changing the colour, weight and style of a whole bunch of selected entities at once.

Exercise 10 – Style Sets

Colour, Layer, Style, and Weight properties can be combined into named sets of properties.  These are called Style Sets and they make selecting all four properties at once very fast and convenient. They also assist you to maintain consistent office standards.

Let’s create a new Style Set of our own.

  1. Select the Style Set

  2. Set the dialog as follows. Be sure to give the Style Set a name then select the Add button to lock it in. Then select OK

  3. Following on from the previous exercise, select a line entity and whilst still selected choose the named Style Set that you just created from the list.

  4. Now Deselect the entity to see that the changes have been applied.

Like the General Properties dialog, Style-Sets can be used to change the properties of selected entities or to set the currently active properties in readiness to insert new entities into your drawing.

Exercise 11 – Cloning

Cloning uses the concept of adopting the properties of one entity and applying it to another.

  1. Select the Clone icon (eye dropper) from the General Properties menu, then select any entity in your drawing.

The menu now shows the colour, layer, style and weight of the chosen entity ready for you to start inserting new entities with those properties.

A Clone BUTTON exists in most dialog boxes for you to adopt the settings of entities already in your drawing. This is particularly useful if you done already know what the settings/properties are but you need to adopt them. As an example, lets clone the colour of one entity and apply it to a preselected set of entities.

  1. Select several entities in your drawing.
  2. Select the Colour wheel icon from the General Properties Bar.
  3. Select the CLONE
  4. Select a different coloured entity in the drawing whose colour you wish to adopt.

All your selected entities are now the colour of the one you chose.