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Thu, Feb 15, 2007 at 10:22:23 PM | Setting Line Colors to print in grayscale

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Hi, does anyone have a set up of colors that print well when printed in grayscale. Colors that look different on screen but print nice in black and white. I like to have my objects drawn in differnet colors.

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Fri, Feb 16, 2007 at 6:23:40 PM | Setting Line Colors to print in grayscale

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Your lines should be set up to print by line-weight.  Just print in B&W.  This is not AutoCAD - Forget colors unless you want them to print in color.  Let REVIT do it's thing and adjust the line-weight based on scale.

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Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 11:59:21 PM | Setting Line Colors to print in grayscale

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THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE FLOOR PATTERN COMES IN WAY TO BOLD, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE SET AT LINE WEIGHT 1. THERE IS NO WAY TO ADJUST THEM TO BE LIGHTER UNLESS YOU SET THEM TO HALF TONE, BUT THEN THE FLOOR EDGES ARE GRAYED OUT TOO. WE HAD OUR BACKGROUND SET TO BLACK AND ALL OUR LINES MATCHED THE COLORS THAT WE HAVE THEM SET IN AUTOCAD. IT WORKS GREAT FOR DRAWING BUT WHEN IT COMES TO PRINTING, REVIT HAS ITS LIMITS. THE FILL PATTERNS ON THE FLOORS AND WALLS JUST CANT BE ADJUSTED TO BE LIGHTER, UNLESS YOU HAVE YOUR LINES SET TO PRINT IN GRAYSCALE AND THEY ARE SET TO GREY. WHICH MEANS ALL THE OTHER LINES MUST BE SET TO BLACK. SO IM RIGHT BACK TO USING A WHITE BACKGROUND. AND ALL MY LINES ARE BLACK OR GREY. IT JUST WOULD BE NICE IF REVIT WOULD HAVE A WAY TO SET THE COLORS TO PRINT IN A CERTAIN GRAYSCALE COLOR. A PAPER SPACE THAT IS SEPERATE FROM MODEL SPACE WOULD BE SWELL.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 2:21:22 PM | Setting Line Colors to print in grayscale

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NOW THAT YOU HAVE CLARIFIED YOUR QUESTION SO THAT IT CAN BE ANSWERED. 

 

Previously posted here:

Hatch Pattern Pen Sizes:   Select the pattern, Edit properties, change lineweight. For surface of material and cut patterns is controled by Pen #1. Some fims that have set this explicitly for fill and then use Pen 2 - 16 to control all other objects.


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Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 3:55:04 PM | Setting Line Colors to print in grayscale

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at line weight 1 the floors are still too dark...its just too much and too confusing to read. they way that youre explaining to is using a filled region. im using a floor with a hatch on it. revit doenst have a place where you can actually adjust the lines thickness of the hatch on surfaces like walls and floors. but you can adjust the color which now im making grey, so they print lighter. revits line setting of 1 is about twice the thickness as our thinnest line we print in autocad. we have certain standards that we have to follow (we do military housing) and we still do so many drawings in autocad that need to look similar to our revit drawings.

thanks for your advvice


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Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 4:21:49 PM | Setting Line Colors to print in grayscale

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I'm not recommending a filled region.  Surface patterns use pen #1.

 

You can change the line-weight for any line under settings - line-weights.  The fix for your problem that I re-posted suggests changing pen #1 to the line-weight you like for hatches. (BECAUSE THIS IS THE PEN REVIT USES FOR SURFACE PATTERNS) You would then want to change your other line styles to use pens other than #1.

 

Not something I really want to do (especially if I have other areas where I don't want the lighter pen)  but it can be done. 

 

Remember - for all of your families, you can control the line-weights in any view through that view's visibility graphics.  However, not surface patterns and that is why you may want to do this.


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