coloring areas in a 2d drawing

I would like to color various areas in a 2d landscape drawing in different
I seem to only be able to find information about changing line colors. Other
information seems to be about 3d models and i don't seem to be able to apply
it to a 2d surface. is there a way to color various areas in different
clours in a 2d drawing
Reply to
Leon Horsnell
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ACAD is not really intended as a 'rendering' application, especially in 2D. Depending on your printer, you might be able to get something with some very clever and extensive hatching, but I'd suggest picking up another application which can accept vectors from acad but is designed as a graphics program, like CorelDraw e.g., especially if you're going to do this frequently. (You've only got 255 colors in acad, 200 of them crappy.)
Even if you'll only do it once in a while, you could pick up Corel Essentials for under $200 and, using HPGL plt files, you can get vectors into that with a little extra work, and you'll get their bitmap editor as well.
Reply to
Michael Bulatovich
The later versions of AutoCAD do support true color now, so there is no restriction on color choice.
For coloring areas, you will need to make sure the areas are enclosed, and then hatch them using the solid fill pattern, which is available in R14 and later I believe. If you have R2004 or later, you can hatch with a two color gradient fill. Finally, if you have express tools loaded, you can use the superhatch command, which can fill an enclosed area with tiled bitmap images. Bear in mind that AutoCAD *still* is not really a presentation program so all the above methods are not without their limitations.
Reply to
Larry Travis
Autocad 2005 added gradient fills for hatching which is nice, still not the same as a presentation package, but better.
Reply to
Tim Arheit
Many thanks for your suggestions I was very suprised that i could easily colour areas, as i had bought a cheap colour plotter thanks again leon
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Leon Horsnell

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