The Eyedropper tool in the Scheme manager is a quick and easy way to take the properties from products or walls in your drawing and build a Scheme from them instead of creating the Scheme from scratch.
Let's say, for example, that you have a drawing with several walls. You have edited one wall to have all the properties you need: a shorter height, base trim, purple wall color, and white trim color, etc. While you could create a new Scheme and apply it, since you've already made all the changes to one wall, it can save a LOT of time just to use the eyedropper, which automatically fills in the Scheme with the properties from the wall in the drawing.
To make a new Scheme from the eyedropper, make sure you are in the Scheme Manager for the relevant product. Use the Scheme Explorer if necessary to get to the right one. Then you can follow these steps:
- Create a new Scheme if you do not want to overwrite the existing properties in your current Scheme.
- Click the eyedropper icon.
- The Scheme Manager will temporarily disappear to give you a better view of your drawing, and a blue dot will follow along on your cursor.
- Relevant objects in the drawing will keep their original color, while objects that do not have properties in the specific tab in the Scheme Manager will go into low-lit mode and become a semi-transparent white color so you know what objects you are able to select.
You can toggle this functionality off in the quick properties if you want all objects to stay a solid color. This may help with performance if you start to see a lag.
- Hover over the wall with the properties you want in your Scheme (like this lovely, short purple wall!).
- Left-click on the wall, then the Scheme Manager will re-open with all the properties unique to the wall highlighted in yellow to let you know which have been changed.
All toggle switches for adjusted properties will turn on so you can apply immediately.
- Repeat the steps for the Doors & Windows tabs if needed.
Once you have all the properties copied from the wall, it behaves as a regular Scheme. You can save it, copy it, rename it, and apply it so that you have a whole drawing full of beautiful, short purple walls.