Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Managing layer properties, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- Let's have a look, now, at assigning our layer properties. Now, what I've done, is I've set everything in the drawing now, to by layer. So, everything is adopting the properties of the layer itself. So, there's no individual object properties set, in this particular drawing. Talking of drawings, we're now in the 7_Organizing_LAYERPROPS complete drawing. If you want to follow along, use the 7_Organizing_LAYERPROPS.dwg file, from your lynda.com exercise files.
So, the usual drill there, when it comes to using whatever file you want to use. Now, I've set everything, as I said, so that everything is looking at the properties of the layer itself. So, how do we assign and change our layer properties? Well, we go to the home tab, on the ribbon, and we go to the layers panel, here. Now, there are two ways of doing this. You can do it by way of the layer properties manager, by clicking on layer properties. There's the layer properties palette, right there. So, I can go in here, and I can assign the properties here, like so.
If I just expand these fields a little bit. You can see there, look. There's the color of the layer, there's the line type, of the layer, and there's the line weight, of the layer, there. It's all using default line weights. I haven't set any different line weights, at all. What I can do, is I can change the line weights, if I want to. Now, this is all of the settings in the layer properties manager, which I'm now going to close. What I'm going to do, is I'm going to go back to the layers here, and use the layer pull down. You'll notice I can change the color of the layer, quite happily, by clicking on the color box, in the layer pull down menu.
So, let's change the color of our dimensions, by clicking on the little red square, there. That'll bring up the color tables, for the layer, so I'm just going to use the index color tab. And I'll change that to a very obvious change of color. Let's change it to a bright, magenta-y pink color, like so. Click on okay. Everything on that layer now changes color, because everything is adopting the layer properties. Now, if I go back to the layer panel again, and open up the layer properties palette, you'll notice that that color has now changed to 210. It's the same with line types, and line weights.
If I change the object line weight, here, it's at default at the moment, and I'll change that to something like 0.35 millimeters, and okay it. That now is there, all the time, on that layer. Anything I draw on the object layer will have that 0.35 line weight. If I close the layer properties manager, now, switch line weights on down here, on the status bar, and you can see that line weight is always there, until I change the line weight in the layer properties manager, again.
So, that's how you can change all of your settings for your layers, using the layer settings, and assigning the properties of the layer itself, rather than changing them on each individual object. So, one of the best things here, is if you've got loads of dimensions on a drawing. You can see I changed them to that pink magenta color. I can just go back into the layers here, in the home tab on the ribbon, go to the layer pull down, click on the dims color, there, and I can change that back to the red color it was originally, click on okay, and that all converts back to the red, as we had when we first started using this particular drawing.
So, again, investigate your layer properties, and how you set them, and practice, practice, practice. Make sure that you're fully conversant with how you change all of the layer properties. It is quite a hot favorite in the professional certification exam.
- Creating and publishing AutoCAD files
- Drawing shapes and lines
- Creating isometric drawings
- Transforming objects
- Creating and using arrays
- Organizing objects and layers
- Reusing content with blocks
- Adding text, dimensions, multileaders, and scales
- Creating layouts
- Setting printing and plotting options
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