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Specify a special color in drawings

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Specify a special color in drawings

Specify a special color in drawings

You can define a special color that is not converted to black when printed. This color will be printed as color or grayscale, depending on the selected printer settings. The special color is defined using RGB (Red Green Blue) values in a scale of 0 to 255. The special color is applied on parts as a hatch.

You can specify a special color for a building objectobject that represents something that will exist in the real building or be closely related to it

A building object is always created in a model, but it is also represented as a drawing object in a drawing in which its properties can be modified.

(part, bolt) before creating a drawing, and use it in the final drawing for a drawing shapeindependent annotation object that represents a graphic form or outline

Examples of drawing shapes are clouds, lines, and rectangles.

or a building object.

  1. On the File menu , click Settings > Advanced options and go to the Hatching category.
  2. Define the color using the following advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groups

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR.


    The default value for all of the above advanced options is 230.

    The smaller the values are, the darker the shade.

  3. Click OK or Apply.
  4. Open a drawing.
  5. Double-click a drawing objectobject that is represented in a drawing

    to open the properties dialog box. For example, click a building object or a rectangle.
  6. Select a fill type.
  7. Select the Special fill color.
  8. Click Modify.
The object that you selected now uses the color that you specified.

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