Working with Layers and Properties

Blocks can be defined from objects that were originally drawn on different layers with different colors, linetypes, and lineweights. You can preserve the layer and property information of objects in a block. Then, each time you insert the block, you have each object within the block drawn on its original layer with its original color, linetype, and lineweight.

Layers separated and combined

When a block that consists of objects drawn on layer 0 and assigned the color, linetype, and lineweight BYLAYER is placed on the current layer, it assumes the properties of the current layer.

A block that consists of objects that have color, linetype, or lineweight specified with BYBLOCK is drawn with the properties that are current when the block is inserted.

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