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Working with drawings - Working with colors

Using color books

progeCAD uses color books to store collections of colors. For example, you can store a unique color scheme for a client in a color book and then use colors only from that color book for the client's drawings.

To select a color book color
  1. Click Select Color in the desired dialog box, such as Layers, Drawing Settings, Properties, or Multiline Text.
    The Color dialog box opens.
  2. Click the Color Books tab.
  3. Select a color book from the list.
  4. If you want to narrow your color search, do one of the following:
  5. In the list of colors, select a color book page, if one is available. Pages are partic-ularly helpful in large color books -- they help group colors so you can find them quickly.
  6. Select Show Only Color Book Colors Used in Drawing. Only those color book colors that are used in the current drawing will display in the list.
  7. Select the desired color.
  8. Click OK.
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    1. Select a color book.
    2. Click to select a color book color.
    3. Select to list only those color book colors that are used in the current drawing.
    1. Click to create and modify color books.
    2. Displays the selected color and its RGB values.
Creating color books
  1. You may have a color book given to you by a client, developed by a third-party, or you can create your own. Each color book has an .acb extension and is saved auto-matically in Extensible Markup Language (XML) format.
To create a color book
  1. Click Select Color in the desired dialog box, such as Layers, Drawing Settings, Properties, or Multiline Text.
    The Color dialog box opens.
  2. Click the Color Books tab.
  3. Click Color Book Editor.
  4. In the Color Book Editor dialog box, click the New tool (
  5. ).
  1. In Color Book Name, enter the name of the color book. This name will appear in the list of color books on the Color Books tab in the Color dialog box.
  2. Do the following to define organizational pages in the color book:
  3. In the contents of the color book, click an existing page or color where you want to add a page.
  4. Define a color in the palette.
  5. Enter the name of the page, and then click Add Page.
  6. Do the following to define colors in the color book:
  7. In the contents of the color book, click an existing page or color where you want to add a color.
  8. Define a color in the palette.
  9. Enter the name of the color, and then click Add Color.
  10. Do any of the following to change existing pages and colors in the color book:
  11. Modify pages and colors -- Select a page or color in the color book, define its new color settings in the palette, enter any changes to its name, and then click Modify.
  12. Delete pages and colors -- Select a page or color in the color book, and then click Delete.
  13. Rearrange pages and colors -- Select a page or color in the color book, and then click the up arrow (
  14. ) or down arrow ( ).
  1. In the Color Book Editor dialog box, click the Save tool (
  2. ).
  1. Enter a filename for the color book, and then click Save.
    By default, the file is saved in the default folder where progeCAD searches for color books.
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    1. Click New to create a color book; click Open to open a color book; click Save to save the color book; click Save As to save the color book with a new filename.
    2. Select a page or color to modify, delete, or reorder it, or to view its settings.
    3. Click to create a new page in the color book using the current color settings.
    4. Click to create a new color in the color book using the current color settings.
    5. Click to delete the selected page or color from the color book.
    6. Click to redefine the selected page or color to use the current color settings.
    1. Click to move the selected page or color up or down one position in the color book.
    2. Enter the name of the page or color as you want it to appear in the color book.
    3. Enter (or view) the amount of red, green, and blue of the desired color.
    4. Enter (or view) the amount of hue, saturation, and luminance of the desired color.
    5. Slide or click to adjust the color luminance.
    6. Click to select a color.
    7. Enter the name of the color book.
Modifying color books
  1. You can modify your own color books and the color books that came with progeCAD. If you modify a color book that came with progeCAD, it is recommended that you save it with a new filename first so the original color book is not overwritten.
To modify a color book
  1. Click Select Color in the desired dialog box, such as Layers, Drawing Settings, Properties, or Multiline Text.
    The Color dialog box opens.
  2. Click the Color Books tab.
  3. Select the color book you want to modify.
  4. Click Color Book Editor.
  5. In Color Book Name, enter any changes to the color book name. This name appears in the list of color books on the Color Books tab in the Color dialog box.
  6. Do any of the following to modify pages or colors in the color book:
  7. Add pages -- In the contents of the color book, click an existing page or color where you want to add a page. Define a color in the palette, enter the name of the page, and then click Add.
  8. Add colors -- In the contents of the color book, click an existing page or color where you want to add a color. Define a color in the palette, enter the name of the color, and then click Add.
  9. Modify pages and colors -- Select a page or color in the color book, define its new color settings in the palette, enter any changes to its name, and then click Modify.
  10. Delete pages and colors -- Select a page or color in the color book, and then click Delete.
  11. Rearrange pages and colors -- Select a page or color in the color book, and then click the up arrow (
  12. ) or down arrow ( ).
  1. Do one of the following to save the color book:
  2. To save the color book with the same filename, click the Save tool (
  3. ) in the Color Book Editor.
  • To save the color book with a new filename or in a new location, click the Save As tool (
  • ) in the Color Book Editor.
Loading color books
  1. If you have a color book given to you by a client or developed by a third-party, sim-ply save it on your computer in a folder where progeCAD can find it. By default, color books are stored in following folder: \Documents and Settings\YourName\My Documents\Color Books.
To load a color book
  1. Save the color book in the folder where progeCAD searches for color books.
    To verify the folder location, choose Tools > Options, click the Paths/Files tab, and find the Color Book folder in the Paths list.
  2. In a Color dialog box, click the Color Books tab.
    The previously loaded color book displays in the list of color books.