Subject: Implementing print style tables



Every drawing is designed to use print style tables, but you decide whether to imple­ment them. Even if you use one of the default print style tables available with Intelli­CAD, using print style tables requires planning ahead of time to ensure that your drawing prints as planned.

For example, a single drawing of a floor plan might require the printing of the follow­ing drawing sheets:

   Main Floor Plan Walls print with thick, black lines.

   Electrical Plan Walls print with normal gray lines, indicating that they are not the focus.

   HVAC Plan Walls print with normal gray lines, indicating that they are not the focus.

   Roof Plan Walls print with thin, gray lines and a hidden linetype, indicating that they are hidden under the roof in a plan view.

In this example, you can create four named print style tables, each containing a print style named “WallPstyle”. Each print style table contains its own settings for
“WallPstyle” to control how the walls print. Assign WallPstyle to either the wall enti­ties or to a wall layer. Then, assign a different named print style table each time you print, or create four layouts and assign a different print style table to each layout.

The following table describes, in order, the steps to get you started using both color-dependent and named print style tables.

Getting started using print style tables

Color-dependent

Named

Task

Command

Where to get details

X

X

Create a new drawing. Select a drawing template that uses the desired print style table type or choose it in the New Drawing Wizard.

File > New

Creating a new drawing

X

X

(Optional) Create a new print style table.

File > Print Styles Manager

Creating new print style tables

X

 

Assign colors to entities and layers that correspond with print style table settings.

Modify > Properties

Tools > Explorer

Setting the current entity color; Modifying the properties of entities; Setting the layer color

 

X

Set the current print style assigned to new entities.

Tools > Drawing Settings > Entity Creation tab; status bar; printstyle

Setting the current print style

 

X

Assign print styles to entities.

Modify > Properties; Entity Properties toolbar; printstyle

Modifying the properties of entities

 

X

Use the Explorer to assign print styles to layers.  

Tools > Explorer

Setting the layer print style

X

X

Assign a print style table to the Model tab, a layout, or to all layouts in the drawing.

File > Print > Advanced tab

Assigning print style tables

X

X

(Optional) Make changes to the assigned print style table.

File > Print Styles Manager

File > Print > Advanced tab

Modifying print style tables

X

X

Print the drawing.

File > Print

Printing or plotting your drawing

The following table describes how to further customize how print styles work within your drawings.

Further customizing print style tables

Task

Command

Where to get details

Copy, rename, or delete print style tables.

File > Print Styles Manager

Copying, renaming, or deleting print style tables

Change a drawing to use another type of print style table, for example, change a drawing that uses color-dependent print style tables to one that uses named print style tables.

convertpstyles

Changing the print style table type of a drawing

Convert a color-dependent print style table to a named print style table.

convertctb

Converting print style tables

Change the default location where print style tables are stored.

Tools > Options > Paths/Files tab

Changing the options on the Paths/Files tab

Customize how print styles work with new drawings that you create and older drawings that you open.

Tools > Options > Printing tab

Changing the options on the Printing tab

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