- The Color-Code Sized Pipe Option & Plotting
- Plotting Pipe
- Plotting Pipe Sizes in Color
- Plot Valves in Color to Show Their Sizes
- CTB Plotting Styles
Because all 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 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.
Plotting Pipe Sizes in Color
The default Land F/X plot styles plot linework, including pipes, in black & white, as pictured below.
Several users have expressed a desire to plot their lateral and mainline pipe sizes in color, as well as show those pipe colors in the Irrigation Schedule. Read on for steps on how to do that.
To be able to plot your pipes in color and show their size colors in the Irrigation Schedule, you'll need to:
- Have the Color code by size option enabled in the Irrigation Preferences screen (pictured to the right) for the current Preference Set, and
- Want to show the sizes in True Color when plotting
If you want a portion of the plan (such as the pipes) to plot as color, you'll just need to duplicate your existing CTB file and make your modifications to the colors used for each pipe size. Here's how:
1. Type PLOT in the Command line and press Enter to open the Plot dialog box.
Verify that you have the correct plot style active in the Plot style table (pen assignments menu, then click the Edit button to the right of the menu.
2. Immediately click Save As... .
3. Give this new CTB file a name that will make it clear to other users how the CTB will function (example: LFX-ALL-PIPE-COLOR.ctb).
4. Back in the Plot Style Table Editor, select a pipe size line color in the Plot section and use the Color menu to change it to your desired color.
Repeat this step for each pipe size color you want to change.
Use the LFXPens color chart, pictured below, as a reference for which line color the system uses for each pipe size.
5. Click Save and close to save your changes to your CTB.