Symbol Design Tutorial Part 1: Symbol Design Overview

 Applies To 
 Product(s):gINT Logs, gINT Professional, gINT Professional Plus
 Environment: N\A
 Area: Symbol Design
 Subarea: N\A
 Original Author:Kathleen Holcomb, Bentley Technical Support Group

Table of Contents

Part 1: SYMBOL DESIGN Overview
Part 2: What Fills Do inside a Shape
Part 3: How Tiles Work
     Tiles that Stretch in One or Both Dimensions
Part 4: Composite Symbols
Part 5: Tile Colors and Color Overrides in Composite Symbols
Part 6: Library Maintenance Options for Symbols and Colors
     Recommendations for Modifying Symbols
     Copying Symbols between Applications
     Copying Data Markers to User-Friendly Names


Symbol Design Tutorial Part 1: Symbol Design Overview

The SYMBOL DESIGN tab enables you to create and modify fill patterns for material, sampler and well columns, non-repeating graphics for indicating water levels and curve points, and various other symbols, lines and colors.


With the exception of bitmap symbols, which are primarily for bitmap (JPG, BMP or PNG) logos that you import into reports, the symbols you use and maintain in gINT are line graphics. These are also called vector graphics, and consist of line and curve objects. Line graphics are maintained using the gIDraw interface, which consists of the same drawing tools and other interface elements as are found in the REPORT DESIGN and DRAWINGS tabs. If you employ closed polylines in your symbols, you can fill them with a solid fill or a fill pattern, and apply a color.


Most gINT symbols are either employed as discrete graphics or fills, described as follows:

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a basic fill in the Tiles tab, and how to combine tiles into composite symbols. Note that all composite symbols work the same way, although there are separate Material, Sampler and Well tabs. This is to keep these segregated, but they are constructed from tiles (and other basic fill types) in exactly the same way.


You will also learn how to create copies of existing symbols with new names, and caption existing symbols. 

See Also

 Note: General symbols, hatches, bitmap fills, and fixed curves on graphs are not covered in this tutorial. For specific information on any of these symbol types, see the online help (Help   Index   fill_type_name).