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Selecting Colors

Our Site Development (Estimator), Zoning, and Site Color tools, as well as several of our irrigation tools such as Highlight Station, take you to the Select Color dialog box, where you can choose a custom color for the site area you are creating. This dialog box offers a number of options for selecting your colors.

Accessing the Select Color Dialog Box

Each of our tools that uses color hatches (such as those listed above) will have a dialog box that shows a cell for each color that's assigned to a function of that tool.

 

To select a color, use the scroll bar to scroll to the very bottom of the dialog box. There, you'll see one or more blank (black) cells. To select a new color, click the first of these blank cells.

 

The Select Color dialog box will open when you click a blank cell. You can then select a color.

True Color Tab (RGB Spectrum)

Select the True Color tab to pick a 24-bit true color from within the RGB spectrum.

 

 

 

What is RGB?

"RGB" stands for "red, green, and blue." The RGB color model is based on combining each of these colors as values on a scale of 0 to 255. Therefore, each color in the spectrum is listed as three numbers: one for the red value, one for the green value, and one for the blue value.

 

Here are a few examples of colors within the RGB spectrum:

 

255,0,0

Values:

Red: 255

Green: 0

Blue: 0

0,0,255

Values:

Red: 0

Green: 0

Blue: 255

0,255,0

Values:

Red: 0

Green: 255

Blue: 0

130,0,130

Values:

Red: 130

Green: 0

Blue: 130

130,0,230

Values:

Red: 130

Green: 0

Blue: 230

 

 

51,148,46

Values:

Red: 51

Green: 148

Blue: 46

130,240,212

Values:

Red: 130

Green: 240

Blue: 212

239,250,30

Values:

Red: 239

Green: 250

Blue: 30

0,0,0

Values:

Red: 0

Green: 0

Blue: 0

255,255,255

Values:

Red: 255

Green: 255

Blue: 255

Note: RGB colors may not plot exactly as you see them on your monitor. However, this model provides a simple way to select your colors.

 

HSL & RGB Color Models

 

The True Color tab includes a menu offering two Color model options:

  • HSL (Hue, Saturation, and Luminance)
  • RGB (Red, Green, and Blue)

 

 

 

Both options use the RGB spectrum, but the HSL model gives you additional control in fine-tuning the selected color.

 

 

HSL Color Model

The HSL (Hue, Saturation, and Luminance) model allows you to configure the following levels within each selected color:

  • Hue: The specific shade of a color, expressed as a number between 0 and 360
  • Saturation: The purity of a color, expressed as a percentage between 0% and 100%. The higher the percentage, the deeper the color.
  • Luminance: The brightness of a color, expressed as a percentage between 0% and 100%.

 

 

1. Text fields showing the Hue and Saturation of the currently selected color. You can type values here or use the up and down arrows to fine-tune the hue and saturation.

 

2. Text field showing the Luminance of the currently selected color. You can type or use the arrows here as well.

 

3. Slide tool to adjust the Luminance number shown above.

 

4. Crosshairs to select a color in the spectrum. Note that the Hue, Saturation, and Luminance values will change as you select different colors. You can also configure these values within the color you've selected.

 

5. The Color field displays the red, green, and blue (RGB) values of the selected color. You can also type RGB values here.

 

6. The larger square in the foreground displays the currently selected color.

 

7. The smaller square in the background displays the previously selected color.

 

 

 

RGB Color Model

Select the RGB Color Model to choose a color within the RGB spectrum without having to account for hue, saturation, or luminance.

 

 

 

 

1. Text field and slide showing the Red value of the selected color. Type a value, or use the arrows or slide.

 

2. Text field and slide showing the Green value of the selected color. Type a value, or use the arrows or slide.

 

3. Text field and slide showing the Blue value of the selected color. Type a value, or use the arrows or slide.

 

4. The Color field displays the red, green, and blue (RGB) values of the selected color. You can also type RGB values here.

 

5. The larger square in the foreground displays the currently selected color.

 

6. The smaller square in the background displays the previously selected color.

Color Books Tab

The Color Books tab is a good option for selecting colors if your office works specifically with specific third-party color books (such as Pantone).

 

 

If you have Pantone colors calibrated correctly between your monitor and plotter, for example, the colors you select using the Pantone option within the Color Books tab will plot exactly as you see them on your monitor.

If your office doesn't work with any particular color book, we recommend using one of the options under the True Color tab to select your colors.

 

 

 

1. Select a Color book from the menu.

 

2. This area shows up to 10 colors on the selected page of the color book.

 

3. Use this slider to select a page of your color book.

 

4. The Color field displays the red, green, and blue (RGB) values of the selected color. You can also type RGB values here.>

 

5. The larger square in the foreground displays the currently selected color.

Index Color Tab

Use the Index Color tab to select your color from among the 255 AutoCAD index colors, also expressed in RGB values.

 

 

 

The Index Color tab includes two buttons for configuring the selected color:

  • ByLayer: Controls the layer on which the color will appear in a drawing
  • ByBlock: Assigns the selected color to blocks placed in a drawing

The Index Colors will not actually plot in color – they will plot in various degrees of grayscale or black. If you plan to plot in color, do not select your colors from this tab.

Matching Specific Color Palettes

Need to match a specific color palette? Use the following links:

Deleting a Color You've Created

To delete a color you've created, type DELETEHATCH in the Command line and press Enter. You can then select the color you want to delete.

Troubleshooting

Issue: Unable to see color hatches in a 3D model (AutoCAD or Civil 3D)

 

Issue: Your customized site blocks or plant symbols are a different color from their preview slides when placed in a drawing, or the preview slides are displaying the wrong colors

 

Issue: Colors are displaying incorrectly in Model Space

Last modified on Thursday, 17 October 2019 11:52
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