LAYER: Command


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The LAYER command allows you to create multiple layers to draw on. It also allows you to control the color, line type, activity, and visibility of individual layers.


To Change to an Existing Layer:

Click on the arrow on the RIGHT side of the Layer Status Window (see FIGURE below), drag the cursor onto the layer name you wish to select and click the Left mouse button once. The layer will change.

(Note: The figure above has been shortened.)


To add a new layer or change layer properties through the Layer Properties Manager dialogue box you can:

click on the Layer button

OR

select Layer..., under the Format Menu.

The Layer Properties Manager dialogue box will appear.


To Create a New Layer:

Open the Layer Properties Manager dialogue box. , click on the New button. A layer named Layer 1 will appear in the list of layers.

While the Layer 1 name is highlighted, type a new name for the layer.

Click on OK to exit the dialogue box.


To Load a Linetype:

Open the Layer Properties Manager dialogue box.

Click on the Linetype name displayed in the row that indicates the properties for a layer. The Select Linetype dialogue box will appear.

Click on the Load button at the bottom of this dialogue box. The Load or Reload Linetypes dialogue box will appear.

In the Load or Reload Linetypes dialogue box, scroll down to the linetype you wish to load, click on the linetype name with the LEFT mouse button, and then on OK to return to the Linetype window. Click on OK to exit the dialogue box.


To Change the Linetype of a Layer:

Open the Layer Properties Manager dialogue box.

Click on the linetype listed in the configurations beside that layer name in the Layer Properties Manager window.

The Select Linetypes dialogue box will appear listing the loaded linetypes. Locate the linetype, click on it, and then on OK to exit the dialogue box.


To Change the Color of the Layer:

Open the Layer Properties Manager dialogue box.

Click on the square in the list of configurations next to the layer name in the Layer Properties Manager window.

The Select Color dialogue box appears with a display of the colors you can choose.

Click on an appropriate color. (NOTE: The color assignment is related to the printing line thickness.)

Click on OK to return to the Layer Properties Manager dialogue box. Click on OK to exit this dialogue box.


To Change the Line thickness of a Layer:

Open the Layer Properties Manager dialogue box.

Click on the Lineweight (looks like a line) under the heading Lineweight in the line of the properties for that layer.

The Lineweight dialogue box will appear.

Scroll down to the line thickness you wish to use, and click on thickness you wish to use. Click on OK to return to the Layer Properties Manager. Click on OK to exit this dialogue box.

 


To Delete a Layer:

Open the Layer Properties Manager dialogue box.

Click on the layer name, and then the Delete button. Click on OK to exit the dialogue box.


To Change the Name of a Layer:

Open the Layer Properties Manager dialogue box.

Click on the layer name with the LEFT mouse button to highlight the name.

Type in a new name.

Click on OK.


To Make a Layer Invisible:

On the Layer Status Window drop-down menu, locate the name of the layer.

Click on the lightbulb in the list beside the layer name. The lightbulb will turn gray to indicate that the layer is invisible.

NOTE: The lightbulb is a toggle between invisible and visible.


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