- Hatch Patterns Overview
- Editing Hatch Patterns
- Adding Hatch Patterns
- Examples of our Hatch Patterns
- Assigning a Real-World Scale to a Placed Hatch Pattern
Our Hatch tool is a simple way to access hatch patterns intended for site plan usage. Grouped with our F/X Site tools, Hatch provides quick access to hatches for:
- Drip irrigation areas
- Site and Reference Note (RefNote) items such as mulches
- Site areas designated by Truecolor
Note: Hatch patterns can be used for a variety of purposes. Before using this tool, you will need to create an appropriate layer and make that layer active.
Our default hatches are hosted on the cloud (online). Previously, the hatch files were downloaded automatically into the folder LandFX/Hatch when you installed our software. Under this cloud setup, each of the hatches will live on our website until you place it in a drawing. When you place a hatch for the first time, the software will download the PAT file containing that hatch and place it in the appropriate location in the Hatch folder. Storing our blocks and hatches on the Cloud streamlines our installer and allows us to add new blocks and hatches dynamically, making them available with a simple software update. For more information, see our Cloud-Based Blocks and Hatches page.
Hatch Patterns Overview
The Hatch Patterns are standard AutoCAD hatch patterns and custom patterns that we have evaluated and included in our system at specific scales. Our default scale settings reflect our interpretation of the optimal hatch pattern for site plan usage. You can edit this scale setting if you feel it should be different.
As long as your scale is set, the size of the hatch pattern will remain the same – regardless of the scale of the drawing, or whether you are in Model Space or Paper Space.
Access our Hatch tool:
F/X Site ribbon, Hatch flyout
F/X Graphics toolbar
F/X Site menu
or type FX_SiteHatch in the Command line
The Hatch dialog box will open.
To place a hatch, click the thumbnail image of the hatch you want.
The cursor will turn into a pickbox. Use the pickbox to select a closed polyline in your drawing in which to place the hatch.
- The Hatch tool provides a convenient library of site hatch patterns. It also allows for the automatic scaling of the hatch patterns you will place.
- Your installation includes the Land F/X Hatch Patterns drawing, which contains editable versions of all our default hatch patterns. See our Land F/X Hatch Patterns Drawing page for information on how to find or download this file.
- Want to save a hatch into the system? See our Save Hatches page.
Editing Hatch Patterns
After testing each hatch pattern with a number of different scales, we made a determination of which scale seemed the most appropriate for usage on site plans. We set this scale as the default hatch scale. We've also applied a default rotation (i.e., the angle at which a pattern will be viewed when placed in a drawing) and even a default layer for each of our hatch patterns to be placed on. However, you can easily make changes to any or all of these settings.
To edit a hatch pattern, highlight that pattern in the Hatch dialog box. Then click Edit.
A preview dialog box of the hatch pattern you selected will open.
1. Thumbnail view of the hatch pattern.
2. The name of the selected hatch pattern.
3. Control the scale of the selected pattern by either typing a scale value or using the slide.
4. Control the rotation, by degrees, of the hatch pattern by typing in this field or using the slide.
5. If you want, you can type the name of the layer where you want the hatch to be placed.
Specifying a layer name here will place the hatch on that layer instead of the default, including when you're placing hatches for Area/Volume Reference Notes (RefNotes). You can refine your drawing setup routine by loading in the definitions of these layers that you define by using our Layer States tool to save a list of layers and their properties.
Click OK to save your settings.
Always test the output of any adjusted hatch pattern in Paper Space. The system will automatically scale the pattern appropriately for Model Space. Remember: When you change a hatch pattern's scale, you're changing it for all future use by the whole office. Be careful!
Adding Hatch Patterns
Our Save Hatch tool provides a convenient method for adding existing hatch patterns to our hatch pattern database. For more information, see our Save Hatches page.
Examples of Our Hatch Patterns
We're constantly updating our library of hatch patterns in order to provide you with the widest variety of hatches to place.
Here are a couple of our favorites: the Ashlar Eldostone and Flagstone hatches.
We're always open to your suggestions. Do you have a hatch in mind that you'd like us to add to our available library? Let us know in a technical support ticket.
Assigning a Real-World Scale to a Placed Hatch Pattern
You might want a hatch that shows pavers, wood planks, or other objects to appear at a scale where the hatch components show at the same measurements in your drawing as they would on the site itself. For example, you might have a hatch depicting 8-inch pavers, and you want the pavers to actually measure 8 inches in your drawing. If so, here's what to do.
Hatch Scale Issue: A hatch doesn't look right
Hatch Scale Issue: A hatch is either too dense or does not render
Issue: You tried to place a Stipple hatch pattern, but the hatch is placing incorrectly outside the polyline area
Issue: Your hatches are showing up incorrectly, or as random lines or solid colors