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Change the color settings

Last updated September 10, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2018i

Change the color settings

Change the color settings

You can define which color you want to use for dimensions, labels, background, and gridmodeling aid that represents a three-dimensional complex of horizontal and vertical planes

In Tekla Structures, grids are used as an aid in locating objects in a model. The grid is shown on the view plane by dash-and-dot lines. It is also possible to show grids and grid line labels in drawings, and to modify grid properties in the drawings.

It is possible to have more than one grid in a model. For example, a large-scale grid for the entire structure, and smaller grids for some detailed sections.

lines in the model. For example, if you set the background color to black, you may need to adjust the other color settings as well to ensure that the text and dimensions will be visible.

Change the color settings in the Advanced Options dialog box using RGB values on a scale of 0.0 to 1.0. Separate the values with spaces. For example, the color code for yellow is 1.0 1.0 0.0.

Find RGB values for colors

To find the right RGB values for colors, use, for example, the following tools:

  • Background Color Selector tool, which is available in Tekla Warehouseservice for collaboration and for storing and sharing Tekla Structures content

    In Tekla Warehouse the content items are stored in collections. Tekla Warehouse includes the Tekla Warehouse Service and the Tekla Warehouse web site.

    Tekla Warehouse is one of the Tekla online services.

  • Color picker for Tekla Structures tool, which is available in Tekla User Assistanceonline help and self-support service for Tekla Structures

    Tekla User Assistance includes instructions, support articles, and instructional videos, and it offers a possibility for feedback.

    Tekla User Assistance is one of the Tekla online services.

Alternatively, to change the color settings at one go, you can use the Background Color Tool , which is available in Tekla Warehouse.

Change the background color

Set the background color using a combination of four different 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.

. You can control the color of each corner of the background separately.

  1. On the File menu, click Settings > Advanced Options , and go to the Model View category.
  2. Set the background color using the following advanced options:

    To use a single-colored background, set the same color code for all four corners of the background. To use the default background color, leave the boxes empty.

  3. Click OK to save the changes.
  4. Close and reopen the view to see the changes.

Examples

Below are some examples of possible background colors that you can define. The first RGB value refers to the advanced option XS_​BACKGROUND_​COLOR1 , the second value to the advanced option XS_​BACKGROUND_​COLOR2 , and so on.

RGB values

Result

1.0 1.0 1.0

1.0 1.0 1.0

1.0 1.0 1.0

1.0 1.0 1.0

0.98 0.98 0.99

0.99 0.99 0.99

0.00 0.37 0.99

0.21 0.46 0.88

0.6 0.8 0.9

0.6 0.8 0.9

1.0 1.0 1.0

1.0 1.0 1.0

0.6 0.8 0.9

0.6 0.8 0.9

0.5 0.2 0.0

0.5 0.2 0.0

0.1 0.6 0.6

0.5 0.9 0.5

0.1 0.6 0.6

0.5 0.9 0.5

Change the color of dimensions, part labels, and grids

You can define which color you want to use for dimensions, part labels, and grid lines in the model.

  1. On the File menu, click Settings > Advanced Options.
  2. Search for the color setting you want to change.
    Tip: To quickly find all color related advanced options, type color in the Search box and press Enter. Make sure the In all categories check box is selected.
  3. Define the color using RGB color codes.
  4. Click OK to save the changes. You may be required to restart Tekla Structures.
  5. Close and reopen the view to see the changes.

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