Because all the the lateral and mainline pipes in your irrigation system design consist of different linetypes with their own assigned colors and lineweights, plotting pipe can seem challenging at times. However, at its core, it's a simple concept.
Find out how to change the line colors for your pipes and other items to match your office standards. See our Land F/X line colors and block color instructions.
The Colorize Sized Pipe Option & Plotting
Our Irrigation Preferences screen includes a Color-code sized pipe option, which can come in extremely handy for differentiating between the different pipe sizes in your drawing.
With the Color-code sized pipe option checked, the lateral pipes as viewed in your drawing will be assigned with colors that we've pre-associated with each size, as pictured to the left.
With the Color-code sized pipe option unchecked, the lateral pipes as viewed in your drawing will all be assigned the same color, as pictured to the right. (This color will vary depending on your settings.)
Whether or not this option is checked, the lateral pipe will all still show up in black when you plot, as pictured to the left.
Unfortunately, many users feel the need to uncheck this option simply because they're not seeing the results they want when they plot. When this option is unchecked, you lose the visual help of seeing the color change between pipe sizes – all for the marginal simplicity of only working with a single color. Keep reading to find out how to keep your pipes color-coded in your drawings while still plotting correctly!
In terms of plotting, lateral and mainline pipes are just polylines. As a result, they're incredibly easy to configure and make them look exactly how you want them to look.
As you can with with any linetype created with our software, you can easily change the colors and lineweights of your pipes. The easiest way to reference the pipe linetypes is to download our LFX Pens document, which lists all linetypes and colors you'll use when designing with our software. Download it here:
The image to the left shows what the Pens document looks like when plotted.
The line colors used for irrigation (that is, all the lateral and mainline pipe linetypes) are grouped at the bottom left.
Note that these pipe colors just apply from the minimum size to the largest size. All pipe larger than the last color shown in the Pens document will receive the same color as the previously largest size by default. You can change these colors to meet your needs (see below).
To configure the colors of these lines to your standards, follow our steps to change our line colors for each of these lines you want to change. It's that simple!
To change the settings for one of the piping linetypes, open the General Preferences and click the Block Colors button.
Select the line color you want to edit in the Block Layers Colors dialog box. We'll edit line color 193, which is one of the line colors assigned to lateral pipe.
Click Edit to begin make your edits.
In the Edit Block Layer dialog box, you can make the necessary changes to the selected line color, as pictured to the left.
Use the top menu to change the selected line's color, and use the bottom menu to change its plot width.
You can also add notes in the text field at the bottom.
CTB Plotting Styles
When plotting any drawing, make sure you're using a CTB (color-based) plot style. It's simply the easiest and most effective way to plot from CAD. You can use our default CTB or create your own. Read more about: