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Working with the progeCAD Explorer - Organizing information on layers - To complete the command and return to your drawing, close the window.

Setting the layer color

Each layer in a drawing is assigned a color. progeCAD uses the BYLAYER color as the default color setting for entity creation so that new entities are drawn in the color of the layer on which they are inserted (set in the Drawing Settings dialog box).

Using the progeCAD Explorer, you can set or change the color assigned to a layer. With the direct-editing feature, you can click on the color you want to change, and then select a new color from the dialog box that appears. Changing a layer's color automatically changes the color of all entities on that layer with the BYLAYER color.

To change the layer color
  1. Do one of the following:
  2. Choose Tools > progeCAD Explorer.
  3. Type explayers and then press Enter.
  4. Type explorer and then press Enter.
  5. In the right pane, click the color swatch for the layer you want to change.

TIP Right-click the name of the layer you want to change, and from the shortcut menu, select Properties and change the layer color.

  1. In the Color dialog box, select a color on one of the following tabs:
  2. Index Color -- Click BYBLOCK, BYLAYER, or one of the 255 index colors. You can also type the color number in the Index box.
  3. True Color -- Click a basic color, click a color in the color palette, enter the Hue, Saturation, and Luminance (HSL) values, or enter the Red, Green, Blue (RGB) values. There are more than 16 million true colors from which you can choose.
  4. Color Books -- Select a color book from the list, then click a color. You can select Show Only Color Book Colors Used in Drawing to limit the selection to only those color book colors that are used in the current drawing. If necessary, create or edit color books by clicking Color Book Editor. For more details, See Using color books.
  5. Click OK.
  6. NOTE You can also assign a specific color to an entity, which overrides the layer's color setting. When you create a new entity, use the Format > Colors > Select Colors command to change the current color. For an existing entity, select the entity, right-click for the shortcut menu, and choose Properties. You can then change the entity's color in the Entity Properties dialog box.
  1. For more details about using color in the many aspects of your drawing, See Working with colors.