Creating a Custom Line Style Set and Line Style
Line styles determine the appearance of the lines used to describe many line or shape markups. Revu comes preloaded with several default line styles and a line style editor allowing users to create their own line styles. Line styles are collected in sets for easy organization and can contain multiple lines, text and vector content. After a new line style is created, it will appear in the Style lists in the Properties Toolbar, Line Style toolbar and the Properties panel.
Before you can create a custom line style, you need a line style set to keep it in. Line style sets organize line styles as well as provide the mechanism by which line styles can be imported and exported. In this tutorial, we will create a Line Style Set for Engineering and then create a new Line Style for an Electrical Pulse.
- Go to File > New PDF. The New dialog box appears.
- Click OK to create a blank document.
- Go to Tools > Markup > Line and draw a line on the PDF. Any line will do. Press ESC to set the line.
On the Properties Toolbar, go to Line Style > Manage.
- If the Properties Toolbar is not currently visible, go to Tools > Toolbars > Properties Toolbar to show it.
You can also use the Properties panel: right-click the line and select Properties to open it and go to Style > Manage.
Either method opens the Manage Line Style Sets dialog box.
- Click Add. The Add Line Style Set dialog box appears.
Select New, then enter Engineering in the Title field.
Click OK. The Edit Line Style Set dialog box appears.
Click Add. The Add Line Style dialog box appears.
Enter Electrical Pulse in the Name field and click OK. The Line Style Editor appears.
- Click the to the left of the Components list (the one circled above). The Add Component dialog box appears.
Select Dash from the Type menu and click OK.
- The Add Component dialog box closes and Dash is listed under Components in the Line Style Editor.
Select Dash and change the Width to 6.0.
Click the to the left of the Components list again and add a Text component.
- Click OK. The Add Component dialog box closes and Text is listed under Components in the Line Style Editor.
- Select Text and change the following:
- In the Text field, enter an E.
- Set the Font Size to 6.
Click OK. The Line Style Editor closes and Electrical Pulse is shown as a line style in our Engineering line style set.
Click OK twice to get back to the main workspace. You should now have an Electrical Pulse line style available from the Style menu on the Properties Toolbar, Line Style toolbar, and the Properties panel.