The AutoCAD Color Book Editor provides a way to create and edit your own color book (ACB) files for use in AutoCAD and AutoCAD-based products. A color book is a collection of color pages, and each color page contains the definitions of 1 to 10 colors. To help identify the color pages in a list, each color page displays a representative color, called the page color.

Note Some commercial color book files contain encrypted data to protect the provider's proprietary settings. The AutoCAD Color Book Editor does not facilitate creating or editing encrypted ACB files.

System Requirements

The AutoCAD Color Book Editor has been verified to work with the following browsers:

For the best results, use Internet Explorer 10 or Chrome with a display resolution of 1024x768 or greater.

About Creating a Color Book

The AutoCAD Color Book Editor starts in your browser with a default color book that includes one color page containing a single color, white. After you create and save a color book, a file with an .acb extension will be stored locally in a folder that you designate. This ACB file can then be used in any AutoCAD-based product.

To Load a Color Book
To Add a Color Page
To Add a New Color
To Make Changes to a Selected Color
  1. In the left panel, click to select a color.
  2. In the right panel, click a color selection method: Square, Circle, or Arc.
  3. Click a color in the color selection area.
    • With the Square method, click the strip of hues below the square saturation area.
    • With the Circle method, click the gray scale strip to determine the Key (K) value.
  4. Adjust the values of the color in the RGB, HSV, CMYK, or HEX input boxes.
  5. When you are satisfied with the changes that you made to the color, click Apply.
To Edit the Name of a Color Book or a Color

About Saving, Previewing, and Printing a Color Book

To Save a Color Book

Depending on your browser, the following steps will vary as follows:

To Preview and Print a Color Book:
  1. Click the Preview This Color Book button.
  2. In the preview window, click Printer Friendly Version and click Print.

Depending on your browser, the details on saving the image and printing will be different. All browsers disable Background Printing by default, preventing the colors from displaying in Print and Print Preview.

About Working With a Color Book in AutoCAD

To Configure AutoCAD to Locate a Custom Color Book
  1. At the AutoCAD Command prompt, enter the OPTIONS command.
  2. In the Options dialog box, click the Files tab, and then click to expand Color Book Locations.
  3. If the path to where the ACB file is saved is not listed, add the path to the list.

    Note AutoCAD will load all color books found in the added location automatically.

To Select a Color From a Color Book
  1. At the AutoCAD Command prompt, enter the COLOR command.
  2. In the Select Color dialog box, click the Color Books tab.
  3. Click the name of the color book from the drop-down list.
  4. Click a color page and then a color.