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So far, you’ve learned that you can control how AutoCAD translates drawing colors into plotter output. You also have the option to assign plot styles directly to objects or layers. In order to do this, you need make a few changes to the settings in AutoCAD and you also need to have a named plot style table. So far, you’ve

only been working with a color plot style table. In this section you’ll learn how to set up AutoCAD with a named plot style table to assign plot styles to objects, then you’ll create a new plot style table.

Using Named Plot Style Tables

Before you can start to assign plot styles to objects and layers, you make some changes to the AutoCAD Options dialog box. You’ll also want to create your own named plot style table.

  1. Choose Tools > Options, then select the Output tab.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the dialog box, click the Use Named Plot Styles radio button.
  3. Click OK to close the Options dialog box.

To create and tryout a new named plot style, you’ll open an existing file from an earlier version of AutoCAD. In the next few exercises, you’ll use the Plan named drawing file from the companion CD-ROM. This is a Release 14 file that will be assigned the type of plot style table that is currently the default as determined by the Use Named Plot Styles option you just set in the previous exercise.

  1. Open the Plan-name drawing file from the companion CD-ROM.
  2. Choose File > Plot Style Manager. This opens a window to the Plot Styles directory.
  3. Double-click the Add-A-Plot Style Table Wizard icon. The Plot Style Table wizard appears.
  4. Click Next, then choose Start From Scratch on the Begin page, then click Next. The Pick Plot Style Table page appears.
  5. Click the radio button labeled Named Plot Style Table, then click next. The File Name page appears.
  6. Enter Mynamedstyle1 in the File Name input box, then click Next. The Finish page appears. Here you can exit or you can proceed to edit the new plot style table. This time you’ll go ahead and edit the table from the wizard.
  7. Click the Plot Style Table Editor button. The Plot Style Table Editor appears.

Notice that you only have one style named. Unlike the color plot style tables, you aren’t assigning a style to each AutoCAD color, so you don’t need a style for each of the 255 colors. Instead, you can create a limited set of styles, giving each style the characteristics yon would like to apply to objects. Continue by adding some additional plot styles.

  1. Click the Add Style button. A new column appears labeled Style 1.
    The name is highlighted so that if you choose, you can give the style a different name at this point, simply by typing it in.
  2. Select the Form View tab, then select Style_l from the Plot Styles list.
  3. Click the Lineweight drop-down list and select 0.50mm.
  4. Click the Add Style button, then in the Add Plot Style dialog box, click OK.
  5. Select Style_2 from the Plot Styles list, then click the Liheweight drop-down list and select 0.70mm.
  6. Click Save & Close. You return to the Add Plot Style Table wizard.
  7. Click Save & Close. You return to the Add Plot Style Table wizard.
  8. Return to the Options dialog box, click the Default Plot Style Table drop-down list and select the plot style you just created, Mynamedstyle1. stb.
  9. Click OK to exit the Options dialog box.

You may have noticed that the Add a Plot Style Table wizard works in a slightly different way when you start it from the Plot Styles window. It adds an extra option (in step 5 of the exercise before the last one) that lets you choose between a color plot style table and a named plot style table.

Now you’re ready to start assigning plot styles to the objects in your drawing.

Assining Plot Styles to Objects

Once you’ve set up AutoCAD to use named plot styles, you can begin to assign plot styles to objects through the Properties dialog box. Here are the steps to take to assign plot styles to objects.

  1. Back in the Plan-named. dwgfile, click the Layout1 tab.
  2. If the Page Setup dialog box does not appear, choose File Page Setup.
  3. In the Page Setup dialog box, select the Plot Device tab, then select Mynamedstyle1.stb from the Name drop-down list in the Plot Style Table group.
  4. Make sure the Display Plot Styles check box is checked.
  5. Click OK to close the dialog box.
  6. Choose Forma > Lincweight, and make sure there is a check in the Display Lineweight in Model Space check box, then click OK.
  7. Set lip your view of the unit so you see a close-up of the lower-left comer unit.
  8. Select the line representing the outer wall of the unit at the bottom-left side of the plan, then right-click and select Properties.
  9. In the Properties dialog box, click the Plot style option. A downward-pointing arrow appears in the Plot Style value .
  10. Click the downward-pointing arrow, then select Other from the list. The Select Plot Style dialog box appears.
  11. Select Style 1, then click OK.
  12. Click the Plot Styles list box again and make sure that Style 1 shows up as the value for the Plot Style in the Properties dialog box.
  13. Close the Properties dialog box.
  14. Choose View > Regen All.

If you have .the line-weight visibility turned on, you’ll see the results in the drawing editor. .

Another way to assign plot styles to individual objects is through the Plot Style Control drop-down list.


This allows you to select a plot style in a manner similar to the Layer & Linetype drop-down list. You can assign plot styles to individual objects by selecting the objects and then selecting a plot style from the Plot Style Control drop-down list. If you are using a color plot style table like the one you created in earlier exercises, the Plot Style Control drop-down list is unavailable.

Assigning Plot Style Tables to Layers

You can also assign named plot style tables to layers. This has a similar effect to using the color plot style tables. The main difference is that with named plot style tables, you assign the plot style tables directly to the layer instead of assigning a plot style to the color of a layer. Here’s how to assign a plot style table to a layer.

  1. Click the Layer tool in the Properties toolbar.
  2. In the Layer Properties Manager dialog box, select the Wall layer.
  3. Click the Plot Style column of Wall layer listing.
    The Select Plot Style dialog box appears.
  4. Select .Style 1 from the Plot Styles list.
  5. Click OK. The Layer Properties Manager appears again, this time showing the Plot Style property for the Wall layer listed as Style 1.
  6. Close the Layer Properties Manager dialog box, then choose View > Regen All. Your view of the plan changes to reflect the new plot style assignment to the Wall layer.
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