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I would like to understand how the Line Weight Scale and line weight scaling options work. What do these do and how can I best implement them?
The weight of a line refers to its thickness on the printed page and is described in absolute terms as a fraction of a unit, often 1/100th of a millimeter or 1/1000 of an inch.
In Chief Architect, line weights are assigned to objects, patterns, and layers using whole numbers that correspond to the numerator of this fraction. You can specify the Line Weight Scale by defining the denominator and the unit used in this fraction in the Drawing Sheet Setup dialog.
The settings in the Drawing Sheet Setup dialog for floor plan view are independent from the settings for a CAD detail, cross section view, or Layout file, even if they are part of the same project.
While typically the default line weights set in the plan will work for most normal drawing practices, your preferred line weights and line weight scale can be saved in your template plan and layout files.
The method for specifying an object’s line weight depends on the object and the type of view.
When a view is sent to layout, line weights may be affected by the drawing scale selected for the view. This occurs when the layout view’s scale is different from the drawing scale of the original view.
For example, assume that you have an object in a view with a line weight of 20, and that the view’s drawing scale is 1 mm = 50 mm.
Line weight and print scaling are subject to the limitations of the printer being used.
For example, you will not be able to see the difference between a line that is 1/150th of an inch wide and one that is 1/300th of an inch wide when they are printed using a printer that prints 150 dots per inch (DPI).
That is, a CAD line with a line weight of 1 will look the same as a CAD line with a line weight of 4 when the Line Weight Scale is set at 1 = 1/600th of an inch and you print to a printer capable of 150 DPI.
Setting an object’s, or group of objects’, line weight to zero causes the lines to print as thinly as possible.