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Print Color in a Black and White Drawing
Tip# 4408 By Jeff Carper On 05-Jan-2015
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Categories : Styles
Software type : AutoCAD 2015
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You can print a black and white drawing with one entity or one layer in color.

Sometimes it is nice to plot a drawing with one entity or one group (layer) in color. Rather than using a separate CTB file with color pens, or dedicating pens in your CTB file to color, you can simply force any item or layer to plot in color. To do this, pick an index color, switch to the True Color tab, and toggle one of the RGB numbers up or down a digit. This works with all versions of AutoCad.

Notes from Cadalyst tip reviewer R.K. McSwain: Note that True Color was introduced in AutoCAD 2004. Also, if you normally control lineweights with your CTB file, you'll have to adjust the actual lineweight of the entities that are assigned a True Color.


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Comment by Glynn,Shaun
Posted on 2015-01-06 07:36:46
I’ve used this trick to plot drawings in black & white while retaining colour for things like company logos, stamps and comments. Using by layer lineweights, I just pick a standard colour then tweak the luminance up 1 point to put the colour outside the 255. Using just standard plot style colour tables like monochrome,ctb simplifies things when the file is used by someone else.