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May 20, 2011

      ZWCAD uses print styles to change the appearance of your printed drawing without modifying the actual objects in your drawing. Assigning print styles allows you to customize the Color, GrayScale, Screening, and Lineweight that are used to print your drawing. Print styles help you control what your drawing looks like when it is printed.

      Because print styles are saved in print style tables, which are files located on your computer, disk, or server, you can reuse them to help eliminate the need to reconfigure your print settings each time you print a drawing. You can save print styles in a named file for each of your clients. You can even share the file with coworkers, or store the files on a network to ensure that everyone in your office uses the same standards.


Understanding print style tables

      A print style table is a collection of print styles that allows you to change the appearance of your printed drawing without modifying the actual objects in your drawing. Each print style table is saved in a file that can be located on your computer, disk, or server.

     A drawing can use one type of print style table at a time. There are two types of print style tables:

  • Color dependent print style tables (CTB) contain a collection of print styles based on each of the 255 index colors available in a drawing. True colors and color books are not applicable to colordependent print style tables.

  • Named print style tables (STB) contain a collection of print styles that you define. They can vary regardless of color.

      With color independent print style tables, you cannot assign print styles to individual objects or layers. To use these print styles, you assign a specific color to an entity or layer. When you specify a color dependent print style table at printing time, the entity colors and layer colors map to color based print styles in the print style table that you specify. If you specify a print style for a specific entity, that print style overrides any print style assigned to the layer on which the entity resides.

      Sometimes a named print style assigned to an entity or layer is not located in the print style table that is assigned to a layout or drawing. This can happen if the print style has been deleted from the named print style table or if you assign a different named print style table to the drawing that does not contain the named print style. In this case, the entity is printed using its default properties. If you plan on interchanging named print style tables within the same drawing, it's a good idea to coordinate the tables to use the same print style names.

      If a new drawing is based on a template, the new drawing uses the same type of print style table as the template. If a new drawing is created without a template, the type of print style table is specified in the New Drawing Wizard; Every drawing is designed to use print style tables, but you decide whether to implement them.

    Setup plot styles to determine how a drawing is plotted.

    Like color and linetype, plot style is also a kind of object property that reflected on the plotted objects or layer once you plot the object with the plot style assigned. A plot style controls an object's plotted properties, including color, grayscale, screening, lineweight.

    If the plot styles conflict with the settings created for objects, use the plot style settings for plotting other than the settings created for objects. You can close these substitute settings on demand.


Choose a Type of Plot Style Table

     A plot style table is a collection of plot styles assigned to a layout or the Model tab. There are two types of plot style tables: color-dependent plot style tables and named plot style tables.


Color-dependent plot style tables (CTB)

      Color-dependent plot style table determines plotting characteristics such as lineweight using an object's color. This plot style plots objects with the same color in the same style. For example, every blue object in a drawing is plotted the same way. While color-dependent plot style table is provided for editing rather than adding or deleting plot styles. There are 256 plot styles in a color-dependent plot style table, one for each color.

      Once a color-dependent plot style table is assigned to the drawing, you cannot assign a plot style to individual objects or layers. Instead, to assign plot style properties to an object, you should change the color of the object or layer.

     You can assign color-dependent plot style tables to layouts. You can use several predefined color-dependent plot style tables, edit existing plot style tables, or create your own.

    Color-dependent plot style tables are stored in the Plot Styles folder with extensions named as .ctb.

    Note that assigning the color-dependent plot style table to a layout is only available when the drawing has been set to use color-dependent plot style tables.


Named plot style tables (STB)

       Named plot style tables contain user-defined plot styles. This plot style plots objects based on the plot style assigned to the object rather than the color. The named plot style tables can be assigned to objects or layouts as assigning other properties.

     Named plot styles can be assigned to objects or layers with the same way as any other properties.


Assign Plot Style Tables to Layouts

      Controls the plotting style for objects in layouts using different plot styles assigned to each layout. The specified plot style tables affect both model space and paper space objects.

      If you specified named plot style for a drawing, each object in the drawing either is assigned a plot style directly or inherits a plot style from its layer.

     If a xref has been inserted into your current drawing, all defined plot style tables will be inserted as well.

     You can assign print style tables globally for all layouts (including the Model tab), or individually for the Model tab or a Layout tab. Assigning a print style table to an individual layout allows you to further customize the layouts you use to print a drawing.

     However, assigning different named print style tables to various layouts may result in mismatched print style names. In this case, objects are printed using their default properties.


To assign print style tables

  1. If necessary, click the desired Layout tab, or click the Model tab.

  2. Choose File > Plot.

  3. Click the Plot style table tab.From the pull down list, select a print style table in the one of the following:

  • None — Applies no print style table. Objects print according to their own properties.

  • Icad — Uses the default print style table and its color assignments.

  • Monochrome — Prints all colors as black.

  1. Select Save Changes to Layout, and then click Apply to Layout.

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NOTE When your drawing was first created it was set up to use either color dependent or named print style tables.


Manage Plot Style Tables

     Color-dependent (CTB) and named (STB) plot style tables are stored in the Plot Styles folder by default. This folder is also known as the Plot Style Manager.

     Plot Style Manager is available to add, delete, rename, copy, and edit plot style tables.

 

Creating new print style tables

       ZWCAD offers several print style tables to help you get started. If you want to customize your print output further, you can create your own print style table. You can customize plot exporting pattern by import printer configuration file (PCP file).

 
To create new print style tables

  1. Choose File > Print Styles Manager.

  2. Double click Create a Print Style Table.

  3. Complete the setup wizard.

  4. On the last wizard page, you can click Print Style Table Editor to set up the print styles for the table.

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Change Plot Style Settings

       Double-clicking a CTB or STB file in the Plotter Manager to open the Plot Style Table Editor. The Plot Style Table Editor displays the plot styles contained in the specified plot style table.

      The General tab lists general information about the table. The Properties tab provides options for modifying colors or relevant properties of plot styles.

     If you are using a color-dependent plot style table, the color-dependent properties ( e.g. color, grayscale, screening, lineweight ) are available from the right side of the dialog box.

     While all these plot style properties ( e.g. color, grayscale, screening, lineweight) are changed for each plot style from the Properties when using a named plot style table.

      In a named plot style table, the NORMAL plot style represents an object's default properties (no plot style applied). The NORMAL style can't be modified or deleted by your self.


Colors

      The plot style color default to Use Entity Color. With this setting, the object retains its layer or individually set color. The color overrides the object's color at plot time if you assign a plot style color for this plot style.

     System provides 255 Color Index (ACI) colors, a true color, or a color book color in the plot style options. While the True color plot styles should be synchronized with the same color setting for the plotter configurations. However, system take the latest color index as substitute color once the plotter is unable to update configuration to True color.


Convert to Grayscale

      In case that the plotter supports grayscale, system converts the object's colors to grayscale when you select Convert to Grayscale. Light colors, such as yellow, are plotted with light gray values. Dark colors are plotted with dark gray values.

     If you set the Grayscale off, system uses the RGB values for the entity's colors.

     The grayscale is available for the entity color or a plot style color.


Use Screening

      A color intensity setting determines the amount of ink ZWCAD places on the paper while plotting.

     Using valid values from 0 to 100. If set the value to 0, the color will be reduced to white. While assigning it to 100 , the color will be displayed at its full intensity.

      Screening is effective only if the plotter is configured to plot colors or grayscale, with dithering enabled as well.


Assign and Display Lineweights

       Use Object Lineweight is the default setting for plot style lineweight. All the lineweight samples together with values are provided in the lineweight dropdown list. You can also modify an existing lineweight if the one you need is not available in the dropdown list. Click Edit lineweights button to modify the existing lineweights.


To modify print style tables

  1. Choose File > Plot.

  2. In the Plot dialog box, click the print style table you want to modify,and the click Modify.

  3. Click the General tab on Print Style Table Editor, and then do any of the following:

  • Enter a new table description.

  • Select Apply Global Scale Factor to Non ISO Linetypes to apply the scale factor to non ISO linetypes used for any print style in the current print style table.

  • Enter a scale factor to apply to non ISO linetypes used for any print style in the current print style table.

  1. Click the Properties tab, and then do any of the following:

  • Make changes to a color dependent print style by selecting it in the Print Styles list, then make color, linetype, or lineweight changes for the print style. Your changes are saved automatically for the selected print style.

  • Make changes to a named print style by selecting it in the Print Styles list, then make color, linetype, or lineweight changes for the print style. Your changes are saved automatically for the selected print style.

  • Add a new print style by clicking Add Style. Enter a new name, and then click OK. Select the options for the print style. (Available for named print styles only.)

  • Delete a print style by selecting it in the Print Styles list. Click Delete Style. (Available for named print styles only.)

  1. Click OK.

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Changing a drawing's print style table type

       When your drawing was created, it was set up to use color-dependent print style tables (.ctb files) or named print style tables (.stb files). A drawing can use one type of print style table at a time. If necessary, after a drawing is created you can convert the drawing to use the other type of print style table.

     If you can't remember what type of print style table is assigned to your drawing, use the PSTYLEMODE system variable to determine the print style table type.


To change a drawing to use named print style tables

  1. Open the drawing that uses color dependent print style tables (.ctb files).

  2. Type convertpstyles, and then press Enter.

  3. If you have already converted your individual color dependent print style tables to named tables, click OK in the prompt that displays.

  4. Select a named print style table (.stb file) that you want to use with the drawing.

  5. Click Open.


To change a drawing to use color-dependent print style tables

  1. Open the drawing that uses named print style tables (.stb files).

  2. Type convertpstyles, and then press Enter.

  3. If you are sure you want to convert the drawing and lose all print style assignments, click OK in the prompt that displays.

NOTE Converting a drawing to use color-dependent print style tables will remove all of the named print style information from objects and layers. However, the named print style tables are not deleted from your computer.


Converting print style tables

      You can convert a color dependent print style table to a named print style table. You cannot convert a named print style table to a color dependent print style table because color dependent tables contain only print styles that are named after the 255 colors to which they map.

     
Converting a color dependent print style table to a named print style table can be helpful in the following situations:

  • You don't want to create a named print style table from scratch.

  • You want to create a named print style table that has the same settings as a color dependent print style table, but with some new print styles or other custom settings.

  • You want to convert a drawing to use named print style tables and you want to reuse most of print styles already defined in a color dependent print style table.

To convert a color dependent print style table to a named print style table

  1. Type convertctb, and then press Enter.

  2. Select the color dependent print style table (.ctb file) that you want to convert.

  3. Click Open.

  4. Enter a name for the new named print style table (.stb file).

  5. Click Save.

       The print styles in the new table are named Style 1, Style 2, and so on. If want to use different print style names, rename the print styles before you assign them to objects and layers in your drawing. If you rename the print styles after assigning them, they will not match when you print your drawing.


Turning off print style tables

       When you turn off print style tables, objects print according to their own properties. However, all of the print style information is saved so you can easily turn on print styles again. Actual print style table files are not deleted, and for drawings that use named print style tables, objects and layers retain their assigned print styles.


To turn off print style tables

  1. If necessary, click the desired Layout tab, or click the Model tab.

  2. Choose File > Plot.

  3. Under Print Style Table, select None.

  4. Select Save Changes to Layout, and then click Apply to Layout.

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Commands Reference

LAYER: Manages layers and layer properties

OPTIONS: Customizes the ZWCAD settings

PROPERTIES: Controls properties of existing objects

CONVERTCTB: Converts Color-dependent plot style (CTB) into the named plot style (STB)

CONVERTPSTYLES: Controls whether to change the plot style in the drawing as CTB or STB

System Variables Reference

CPLOTSTYLE: Controls the current plot style for new objects

DEFLPLSTYLE: Specifies the default plot style for new layers

DEFPLSTYLE: Specifies the default plot style for new objects

PSTYLEMODE: Indicates whether the current drawing is in a Color-Dependent or Named Plot Style mode

PSTYLEPOLICY: Controls whether an object's color property is associated with its plot style


 

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