Managing and Creating Line Styles

Reference Number: KB-01019
Last Modified: January 17, 2020

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I need to manage or create a particular line style in my drawing. How can I do this?


The Line Style Specification dialog allows you to create new line styles for use in Chief Architect. Additionally, line styles can be managed in the Line Style Management dialog.

Note: The attributes of custom line styles created in Chief Architect are not retained in drawings exported to .dxf /.dwg.

Managing line styles

Line styles can easily be created, deleted, and added to the library from the Line Style Management Line Style Management tool icon dialog.

  1. Select CAD> Lines> Line Style Management  from the menu.

  2. In the Line Style Management dialog:

    Line Style Management dialog

    • Click on Edit if you would like to modify the line style you have selected.

    • Click on New to bring up a dialog to create a line style.

    • Use the Copy button to make a duplicate of the line style you have selected.

    • The Move Up and Move Down buttons will move the selected line style up or down one position in the list.

    • Purge will delete any unused line styles in the current plan file.

    • Delete will remove the selected line style from the list.

    • Click Add to Library to add the selected line style to the User Catalog to be used in future plans.

To create a custom line style

  1. Select CAD> Lines> Line Style Management  then click on New as mentioned in the section above, or right-click on the User Catalog folder located in the Library Browser and select New> Line Style

    Create a line style by right clicking on the user catalog or going to Line Style Management under CAD and Lines.

    • You can also edit an existing line style by choosing to Copy it to the User Catalog, then right-clicking on it and selecting Open Object from the contextual menu

  2. In the Line Style Specification dialog, type a short, descriptive Line Style Name for the line style. In this example, "Grey Water (large)" is used. 

  3. Next, insert a line style component: a Dash, Dot, or Text item. In this example, a total of four components are used: three Dash components and one Text component. 

  4. With each component created, the characteristics of each can now be adjusted. To select a component, click on it in the line style preview diagram or in the list of components located to the right of the Insert options. 

    Creating a new line style in the Line Style Specification dialog

    • The three Dash components in this example each have Length and Spacing values of 1/8".

    • The Text component has a Length of 5/16", which is based on its Text information. Its Spacing is 1/8", and its Text Height is 1/8". Its Text reads "G/W". 

  5. When you are satisfied with the appearance of the line style in the preview diagram, click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.

    • You can make changes to this line style's attributes at any time by right-clicking on its name and selecting Open Object from the contextual menu.

    Note: Changes to existing line styles will not affect any objects currently using that line style; only subsequently drawn objects. 

  6. There are several ways to use your new custom line style:

    • Click on the line style in the library, move your mouse pointer into the drawing area, and then click and drag to draw a CAD line.

    • Assign the line style to any object on the Line Style panel of the object's specification dialog.

    • Assign the new line style to the Current CAD Layer and all CAD objects will be drawn using that line style.

When a line style with text is used in a drawing, its font, style, and transparency will be determined by the Text Style assigned to the layer that the object using that line style is on.