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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weight refers to the thickness of a line when printed. The larger the value, the thicker or heavier the line when printed.
Entity Specific Properties
Follow the steps below to investigate setting, viewing and changing entity properties
(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.
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.
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.
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.
Cloning uses the concept of adopting the properties of one entity and applying it to another.
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.
All your selected entities are now the colour of the one you chose.