Join Thiago Santos Mundim for an in-depth discussion in this video Pen sets, part of ArchiCAD Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] So right now we have this very colorful plan. I don't know if that bothers you, but it bothers me a little bit, so let's fix that. Right now we are using these Pen Set 03 ArchiCAD 100, if we change these for color conceptual we change the colors of the lines a little bit. Let's try a different one, let's try an electrical, so everything becomes a little bit more gray. Let's try color, so it's even more different, and let's go to ArchiCAD 9 which was a really old pen set.
Doesn't look good, so basically we're changing different colors for the same pens. So I'm gonna go back to ArchiCAD 100 and let's start editing that. So one way to do it is you go to documents, pen sets, so here you have all the pen sets that we are changing right now, and you can also go to the model views for the pens set. So I'm gonna click on it, and here we go. So basically the way the pen set works is every one of those lots is one pen.
So this is the pen for tier one, this is the pen one, pen two, pen three, and every pen has a weight, has a color that we can change here, and it has a description. So this same slot, the slot number three, can be orange here and it can be white in a different pen set. So basically we can add different combinations of color and thickness for the same slots, and the way ArchiCAD organizes those slots is by column.
So for instance, right now on this first column we have general drafting, general cut structure, general cut nonstructure elements, general symbols and separators, so on. If I go to this third column we have slots for openings, so you can see here that all the openings are orange right now. So I have openings general, openings cut structure, openings cut non-structure. The next column will be for objects, so all those lots are for objects, annotation, annotation text, curtain walls, column, beams, slabs, staircase, and so on.
So every column from this first row to this last row here, it belongs to one kind of elements, and those two rows here at the bottom, they belong to some building materials, to some ironwork or brickwork, so they are not necessarily attached to an element. So let's do a test here. I'm gonna select all those orange ones here and I'm gonna change their color to black. So I'm gonna go Edit Color, change to black.
If you're on a PC this may look a little bit different but should be pretty straightforward. Now ArchiCAD has created a custom pen set here. I'm not gonna store it yet, I'm just gonna go ahead and press OK. So everything that was using the pens for openings is now black, so I don't really need it to change on the object what was the pen set. We can do that now. So let's go back to the Document, Pen Sets, Pens and Colors, and let's do everything from here all the way to this column black.
So I'm gonna select them, edit, choose black. So every element is black. The reason I'm not doing those last three columns is because they are for fills and backgrounds, so I'm gonna keep it like that. I'm also gonna change those two which are for outlines and some other objects, so I'm gonna change them to a lighter black, let's say dark gray, and the last one which I know is for fills, I'm also gonna change it to a even lighter gray, so press OK.
Before I save it, let's press OK and see how it looks. That's looking better, but you can see here that my wall is still a little bit beige, and the reason for that is because it's using one of the building materials. So I'm gonna go back here to pen sets again, so Pen Set, Pen and Colors, and then I'm gonna change this whole line here to black as well. So let's choose black. Actually, this second row here I think we're gonna be better off with a lighter gray.
So let's press OK, and that's looking much better. So now I can go ahead and save that, so I'm gonna open again, Documents, Pen Sets, Pen and Colors, and you can save it as the name that you want. Usually I put it as a scale name, so I'm gonna name it schematic design 50. So it's gonna be for the scale one to 50 store. You could also have changed for every slot the thickness of the pen and the description of the pen.
Also feel free to use those lines. They are free for users so you can create some custom pens here and keep it for your pen set. So I'm gonna go ahead, press OK, and that is really looking much better. So if we go here to one of the sections, those green lines for the grid are now black, the dimensions are now black, and this is looking more like it.
- Opening and navigating an ArchiCAD project
- Setting up working units and stories
- Importing drawings
- Modeling walls, slabs, doors, and windows
- Grouping and ungrouping objects
- Creating sections and elevations
- Working with dimensions
- Publishing drawings
- Modeling and documenting detailed designs
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 06/14/2017. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: using the Stair tool and working with objects. In addition, new videos were added that cover what's new in ArchiCAD 21, stair settings, working with railings, railing settings, using the Multiply tool, and 3D styles.