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Edit Our Default Color Plant Symbols

Our Color Render tool temporarily substitutes plant symbols in your drawings with colorized symbols for use in presentations. As with our other default plant symbol blocks, you can edit the color plant symbols to meet your standards. To edit a color symbol, you'll simply open and edit the source DWG associated with that symbol. You'll also need to shoot a thumbnail slide for each color symbol you edit.

You can also use this technique to create your own custom color plant symbols based on our default symbols.

Editing the Color Plant Symbols

The color symbols are located in the folder LandFX/Blocks/graphics/Planting/color.


To edit any of these symbols, open the DWG file associated with that symbol (example: LAFX-TREE-COLR-A100-16.dwg).

Like our other default blocks, the color plant symbols are cloud based. Each of these symbol files will only download once you've used it in a drawing.




Once you've opened the source drawing of the symbol you want to edit, make any necessary edits to that drawing. Repeat this step for each of the color plant symbols you want to edit.

We recommend saving each edited file under its original filename, in its original folder. If you want to revert to the default block, you can always download it by moving the edited file to a different location and using the original color symbol in a drawing.

Shooting Thumbnail Slides for Edited Color Plant Symbols

The thumbnail preview slides for our normal default plant symbols are created as SLD files. Because of the color fills within the colorized plant symbols, the thumbnail previews of these symbols need to be JPG files. To create slides for any color plant symbols you've edited, complete the following steps.



1. Adjust your CAD window to match a dimension of 128 x 94.





2. Type JPGOUT in the Command line and press Enter.


This step will result in a test export of the JPG file you're about to create.




3. Navigate to the location where you want to save the preview slide.




4. When prompted to Select objects or <all objects and viewports>, right-click.




5. Repeat resizing the CAD window until you get a dimension of 128 x 94.




6. Open the Page Setup Manager:


Output ribbon, Page Setup Manager button












or type PAGESETUP in the Command line

File pull-down menu, Page Setup Manager option




7. In the Page Setup Manager, click Modify.




8. In the Page Setup dialog box:

  • Select LFX.ctb from the Plot style table menu.
  • Check the Display plot styles box.
  • Select a plotter from the Name menu.
  • Select 8.50 x 11.00 Inches under Paper Size.

These steps will only work with the 8.5-by-11-inch paper size, and only in the Imperial measurement system.

If you want to use your own CTB file, you'll need to edit the LISP file to match the CTB file being used.




9. Once you've set the dimensions properly, type JPGOUT in the Command line and press Enter. Navigate to the location where you want to save your slides, and verify that this location is correct.




10. Open our BatchMan tool, and click Add Folder.




11. Navigate to the folder that contains the symbol blocks whose slides you need to reshoot.



Click OK.




12. In the Select Script File dialog box, navigate to the file color_plants.lsp.



Click Open.




13. The BatchMan dialog box should now be set up as pictured to the right.




BatchMan will create JPG preview slides for each of the color symbols you've edited. To see the new slides, open the Color Render tool.



The new slides will replace their original versions.

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  • Rock Out With Your Block Out: We’ve formulated a workflow that incorporates Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator along with AutoCAD to create custom block content. Learn how to transform an image into a polished, optimized, and unique block for your library. (1 hr 5 min)
  • Planting F/X Setup: If you're trying to make Planting F/X work with your firm's existing style standards, this webinar is for you. (58 min)
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Last modified on Wednesday, 19 June 2019 08:27

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