How can I change Layer color withouth changing Print Color?

When I change my layer color the print color gets changed as well.


Unless I change the print color first, and then change my layer color.

Thing is I mostly use grays and black as prints, and layer colors random to distinguish the drawing. So most often than not, starting from default black, I want to change only the layer color and leave print color black.

I see that is what happens. I’m not sure why other than as a convenience.
If you click on the Print color, it alone changes so you can change it back.

I’ll look around for an option to see if they can be fully independent.

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Yup, as a Wish we could have User setting to Unlink them.

It turns out, by changing the print color, then they are decoupled.
If you subsequently change the Layer color again, the Print color does not change.

That seems like a reasonable way to me to not add more clutter to the interface tools.

Yup, that’s what I tried to address here:

Picture this scenario:

Objective: Have red layer color and black printing color.

  1. Create new layer
  2. Change print color from black to random color.
  3. Change layer color from black to red.
  4. Change print color back to black.

Repeat every time you create a new layer.

Just an advance setting will do to be honest. That is, if Rhino wants to be considered a serious Drafting software.


I actually can do it in two steps:

  1. Change layer color from black to red.
  2. Change print color from red to black.

But still not ideal and pretty cumbersome when dealing with multiple new layers.

Hello- here’s a very quick and dirty thing that seems to work OK if you do not need alpha on the layer color: (666 Bytes)

To use the Python script use RunPythonScript, or a macro:

_-RunPythonScript "Full path to py file inside double-quotes"

RH-81643 Layer - change display color only


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Hi @dale!

I saw the comment on the youtrack. I wanted to say that just because it has been this way for a long time does not mean it makes sense.

Most drafting is done with multiple colors on different elements for obvious organization, sanity and visual help reasons.

But, you don’t see much plans printed this way right?


You see them like this:

Black over white paper.

Despite this HUGE argument to change this behavior, I am not asking to change it for people who do not know how to draft. (not everyone has to know right?)

I am asking to add a toggle in advanced options or such, to turn this link off as per user request.

Like the unlink in photoshop.

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Totally agree. Gotta do it because it makes sense. Layer management in Rhino involves way too much file-specific, repetitive maintenance and is therefore fragile and tedious.