Setting the current entity color
An entity’s color determines how it is displayed and, if you are using
a color printer, how it prints. Entities are created in the current color.
When you open a new drawing, entities are created in the color BYLAYER, which
adopts the color of the current layer. Initially, layer 0 is both the only layer
and the current layer. Its default color is white, so your entities appear as
There are index colors, which contain two additional color properties that
are often referred to as colors, true colors, and color book colors. The two
additional color properties are BYLAYER and BYBLOCK. These color properties
cause an entity to adopt the color either of the layer or of the block in which
it is a member.
To set the current entity color
- Do one of the following:
Click the Entity Creation tab.
Click Select Color.
In the Color dialog box, click one of the following tabs and select a color:
- Choose Settings > Drawing Settings.
- On the Settings toolbar, click the Drawing Settings tool
- Type settings and then press Enter.
Click OK again.
- Index Color Click BYBLOCK, BYLAYER, or
one of the 255 index colors. You can also type the color number in the
- 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.
- 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.
TIP On the status bar, right-click the current
color, and select from the list the color you want to use for new entities.
You can also click Select Color to choose additional colors.