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The upcoming tutorials will demonstrate how to change and constrain the surface styles and display.

Using styles is an efficient way to control surface display. Rather than answering prompts for numerous variables every time you create a surface, you can reference a predefined style that sets all the variables as required.

Surface styles are managed the way all object styles are managed in Autodesk Civil 3D, by using the Toolspace Settings tree. All objects have a standard object style grouping on the Settings tree, called an object style collection. You can create, edit, copy, and delete the styles for an object.

Surface styles define how the surface components are displayed in the drawing. If you want to change the appearance of a component, either apply a different style or edit the style.

The surface styles contain the following component parameters and component display settings for the creation of surface data objects:

  • Borders — Interior and exterior border and datum display
  • Contours — Minor, major, depression, and user-defined contour lines display
  • Grid — Primary and secondary grid display
  • Points — All surface points for the TIN or Grid surfaces
  • Triangles — TIN face information
  • Watersheds — Watershed analysis display
  • Analysis — Directions, elevations, slopes, and slope arrows

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