Work with Layers Colours and Styles
Plus, Pro, Architectural
All Draft it entities are stored with a layer, colour and line style. When an entity is created the current settings in the
bar are used to define this values**. For example if a line was added to a drawing where the settings matched the image shown below,
then the line would be 'yellow', 'dashed(hidden)' and stored on the 'walls' layer.
**In all of the images in this topic there is a 'Level' setting. This is only shown in the architectural only.
It is possible that certain entities are automatically forced to a pre-determined layer which will then be set as the current layer e.g
'constructions' or 'walls' (architectural version only).
The following topics describe how to change these values for any entity.
Change the layer of an item
Change the colour of an item
Change the line style of an item
Setting Colour and Line Style to 'Layer'
Layer Colour and Line Style
The 'Colour' and 'Line Style' of an entity can be set to a setting called 'Layer'
as shown here in the example Properties Explorer. Any entities drawn or modified using these settings will be displayed with the 'Colour'
and/or 'Line Style' assigned to that Layer. Therefore if you change the 'Colour' assigned to that layer then all entities drawn on
that layer with the colour set to 'Layer' will change to show the new colour. Similarly changing the 'Line Style' assigned
to a layer would affect the entities on that layer.
Symbol Colour and Line Style
The 'Colour' and 'Line Style' can be set to a setting called 'Symbol' as shown here in the
This setting is intended for use specifically with
Any entities drawn in the
using these settings will be displayed with the 'Colour' and/or 'Line Style' which are current when the
is inserted. Therefore if you select a symbol and change its insertion colour then all entities within the symbol drawn with the colour
set to 'Symbol' will change to show the new colour. Similarly changing the inserted 'Line Style' of a symbol would affect
the entities within the symbol drawn with the colour set to 'Symbol'.