in Autodesk November 7, 2017
Customising AutoCAD Colours
It's likely that you will be aware of the ability to change the colours of the interface within AutoCAD; you will possibly have come across differences on a colleague’s screen. Some people like to customise their AutoCAD colours - this can just be down to personal preference, but importantly it can be for practical reasons such as making it clearer using different colours together i.e. red on black or yellow on white.
In this short Tips & Tricks we’ll take you through the simple process of changing these settings so that you can have control and change the way AutoCAD looks to suit you.
To begin – you need to go into the global options for your AutoCAD. This can be done by either clicking on the AutoCAD “A” button in the top left corner then choosing “options” in the menu, or you can simply type in “OPTIONS” into the command line; both will take you to the same dialogue box. It’s important to note that changing anything within the global options will affect the way AutoCAD works across all your drawings and files.
Once you have gone into the Options dialogue box you need to select the “Display" tab. This shows all of the settings that will affect the way the AutoCAD interface looks. The first colour setting we can choose is the “Color Scheme" button at the tops of the "Window Elements" section – this is just a simple choice between light and dark and changes the Ribbon between black and white.
At the bottom of the “Window Elements” section of the display tab you will see the button for “Colors”; clicking on this will take you into the Drawing Window Colors dialogue and it’s within here that we can start to fully customise the colours of the drawing area. In the left hand window you will see the list of Contexts; this is where you choose whether it’s within the 2D model space, sheets, 3D environment, block editor, etc. that you want to customise. Next you need to choose what you want to change within this element – whether it’s the background colour, crosshair colour, grids, markers etc. On the far right you then choose the colour.
There are some predefined colours in the drop down but you can select the “choose colour” option to launch the colour selector where you have complete control of the hue, saturation and luminance.
Once you have chosen the colour and are back in the Drawing Window colours dialogue you will notice that below the colour option you always have the option to restore the elements back to the default, or you can restore all of the settings back to the “classic colours”
At the very bottom of the dialogue box you will see a preview of when the colours change giving you a good indication of how your AutoCAD will look once you have accepted the changes.
If you ever change computers or upgrade your software then you can export these custom settings to be imported into your new software.
Hope you enjoyed this AutoCAD Tip!
The TMS Autodesk Team