The Styles Tab

The Styles Tab is used to create and edit simple fill and stroke styles, and to create expert “stacked” styles with a variety of stroke and fill style components. When an object is selected, or a drawing tool that uses styles is active, the active style is shown in the Styles tab.

Ortelius styles are built by adding one or more style component. The default ‘Reset’ style contains a stroke and fill.

To Build a Style

For example, to build a cased line with a center dash, three strokes of varying widths are defined and stacked. Here we combine:

  1. a wider solid line on bottom,
  2. a medium solid line in the middle, and
  3. a narrow dashed line on top.

The Style Tab list displays components in the order in which they are drawn. Press onto the style component name and drag to rearrange the stacking order of style components.

To Add a Style Component

  1. Select or draw an object to receive the new style.
  2. With the object selected, press the ‘+’ button to add a style component from the drop-down list. Available style components include Strokes, Fills, Group Effects, and Adornments.

To Remove a Style Component

With the style active, click onto the style component name in the style component list.

  1. Click the ‘-‘ button to remove the style component. Alternatively, right-click the style component name and choose ‘Delete’ from the contextual menu.

To Enable / Disable Style Component without Removing It

  1. Check (or uncheck) the ‘Enable’ box to show (or hide) the style component without removing it.

HINT: To edit a style component it must be enabled (check box).

To Copy / Paste Style Components

Yes! You can reuse style components. Each style component carries its own adjustable properties. Copy and paste a component (and its associated property settings) to the same or other styles.

  1. Right-click the style component and choose ‘Copy’ from the contextual menu.
  2. Click onto the Action Menu at the bottom of the Style Tab and choose ‘Paste (Component)’. Component is added to the top of the style stack.

To Reset Style to Default

Sometimes it is nice to go back to the beginning. ‘Reset’ changes the style back to Ortelius‘s default stroke and fill. This makes it easy to start a new style from scratch.

  1. Select the object(s).
  2. Click the ‘Reset’ button to reset to the default style.

To Clone Existing Style / To Edit Library Style

‘Clone’ makes a copy of an existing style. This makes it easy to adjust some properties, such as the color of a Hatch, while retaining other style component settings as desired. ‘Clone’ speeds your workflow by letting you build expert styles without starting from scratch.

Library styles are “master styles” –– they are saved as “not editable” to prevent unintended changes. To edit a style in the built-in collection, click “Clone” to make a copy of the original.

To Clone a style:

  1. Select an object with the style to be cloned. Alternatively, select a style in the Styles & Clip Art palette.
  2. Click the ‘Clone’  button to make a copy of the style.
  3. Edit the style properties as desired.
  4. Continue drawing (subsequent objects have the same style properties until they are changed).

1. Style Name

The active style shows its status (for example, if it is a Library style or an Ad-Hoc style). A name is generated automatically if it is an ad-hoc style (for example, “Style 123”). Optionally, double-click the Style Name and type a new name.

By default, new custom styles are Global and Editable. This can be changed using the check boxes.

2. Ad-Hoc and Library Styles

Styles created while you draw are called “ad hoc” styles because they are not saved to the Library. Unless you want to save a style for future re-use, there is no need to rename or add these styles to your Library collection. Simply create styles as desired and continue drawing.

When a style has been saved to a User Library, the collection name is shown.

3. Editable & Non-Editable Styles

New styles are editable by default. Styles can be made non-editable  to prevent unintended changes (this is particularly useful if using Global Styles). In the Styles Tab, check or uncheck the ‘Editable’ check box.

To Save Style to User Library

Ortelius’s Style Tab helps you build and save your creations – enabling more creativity and greater productivity.

To save custom styles to the User’s Library collection, do the following:

  1. Click the Action Menu at the bottom of the Styles Tab.
  2. Choose ‘Save as Library style…’ The Library Manager is launched and the style is added to the default collection in My Library. New styles are immediately available in the Styles & Clip Art Palette for drawing.

To learn how to manage items in the Library, see the Library Manager.