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I've been doing full color drawings since 2014. I can't believe I ever worked any other way. I've never had an issue with any AHJ when submitting full color permit sets. And if they did complain, I'd just resave the PDF as grayscale or black and white and not lose sleep. I'd say about half the contractors I work with print to black and white. The drawings look fine with their color removed.Full color is the way to go. If people are curious, I have tons of examples on my website if you look around:
http://www.shoegnome.com/Here's an article I wrote about the topic back in 2014; the side by side makes it pretty clear which is better:https://graphisoft.com/us/pen-sets-part-seven-its-time-to-break-from-color-thicknessBIM ( I use Archicad, but I'm sure other programs can handle it too) make full color drawings super easy.
Thanks so much for those comments, Bridgett.
It makes sense to double check that the drawings will be legible when printed in grayscale. I am not sure that old fashioned black and white printing will show up the color differences, but will show the line types that use dashes and dots, thicker and thinner, other traditional methods.
And the idea of using only reds and greens is appealing, too, as a way to make sure more peoples' eyes can see the difference. Also, by keeping a simple palette it makes it easier for the design team to keep track of the work. No need for a dozen varying colors that will be hard to see the differences!
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There's no question that Contract Documents in color certainly have their advantages. However, some clients still require (e.g. public agencies) or prefer black and white prints, so the documents must still be clear in that form. Also, remember that 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women are color blind.