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Groundcover Hatch Patterns

Like shrub areas, groundcovers are represented by hatch patterns. For a complete review of our default groundcover hatch patterns, download our Hatch Patterns drawing, linked below. This drawing is set up to be part of your CAD Standards binder.




We recommend printing the various pages of the Hatch Patterns drawing linked above. If desired, you can then adjust or delete any of the patterns, as well as add new ones.




We also recommend using the Hatch Patterns drawing as a backup of any changes you make to our default hatchesX. That way, you can replicate your changes if necessary after a reinstallation, computer loss, etc. When you add or edit a hatch, you'll simply add an entry for it to the Hatch Patterns drawing.



For more information on saving a hatch into our system, visit our Save Hatches documentation section.

Note: Although it is technically possible to create your own hatch pattern as a block and then save it as a hatch, we do not recommend attempting this onerous task. Hatch creation from scratch is a difficult, involved process that is best left to professionals. Instead, we recommend finding a hatch pattern that is reasonably close to the pattern you are looking for – whether it is one of our existing hatches or another hatch you find or purchase from a third-party source.

We've presented the steps below as a two-step process intentionally. Step 1, editing the hatches in the Land F/X Hatch Patterns Drawing, edits the hatches not only in CAD but in your file system. Step 2, editing the hatches using Generic Plants, enacts your change to the hatches within the system. It's important that you add and make edits to the hatches using both these methods.

Step 1: Editing the Groundcover Hatch Patterns in the Hatch Patterns Drawing

The easiest way to customize a hatch pattern is to edit one of the existing hatch patterns in the Hatch Patterns drawing referenced above. You can easily make changes to the scale and rotation (angle) of these hatches to adapt them to your preferences or office standards.



The image below shows a section of the Hatch Patterns drawing. Note that each hatch pattern has its own entry that includes a Title, Scale, Angle, and Pattern name.



In the following examples, we'll make changes to the pattern GROUNCOVER006.



Changing a Hatch Pattern's Scale

A common edit to the hatch patterns involves making a pattern denser, or less dense. We make it easy to adjust the density of a hatch by adjusting its scale. In the case of hatch patterns, scale is essentially a factor of the distance between lines. Therefore:

  • To make a hatch pattern denser, you'll give it a smaller scale.
  • To make a hatch pattern less dense, you'll give it a larger scale.




In this example, we'll edit the scale of the hatch GROUNDCOVER006, which has an existing scale of 0.40.




Changing the scale of one of the hatch patterns is easy with the use of the PROPERTIES panel. To open the PROPERTIES panel, type Properties in the Command line.




When you select a hatch pattern, the Pattern portion of the PROPERTIES panel shows the scale of that hatch.



In our example, the Scale entry for the hatch GROUNDCOVER 006 is 0.4000, which matches the scale of .4 in the drawing.



To make the pattern denser, we'll give it a smaller scale such as .12 (or 0.1200).



To make the pattern less dense, we'll give it a larger scale such as .6 (or 0.6000).





The hatch pattern GROUNDCOVER006 with a scale of 0.12


The hatch pattern GROUNDCOVER006 with a scale of 0.6




Note that we've changed the scale of the hatch in its title text in the Hatch Patterns drawing. To do so, simply double-click the number appearing next to the word Scale. You can then change the number to fit the scale you have given that hatch.



You can continue to change the scale of a give hatch in this drawing until you arrive at a scale that works for you (remembering, of course, to change the Scale text to fit the new scale you have chosen).




Changing a Hatch Pattern's Rotation (Angle)

Editing an existing hatch pattern to change its rotation is also easy. As with scale, you can change the rotation of a hatch using the Properties palette and the Generic Plants tool.



To change the rotation of a hatch, first open the Hatch Patterns drawing linked at the top of this page.




In this example, we'll be editing the rotation of the hatch GROUNDCOVER 006., which has a rotation, or Angle, of 90.


Changing the Angle of a hatch pattern will change the direction of its linework according to the new angle, or rotation, we set.





Before you change the rotation of a hatch pattern in this drawing, you'll want to create a new copy of the pattern. Making a copy will allow you to retain the original hatch rotation in case you want to use it.



To copy a pattern, select the hatch patter (along with the red text appearing above it) and type Copy in the Command line. You will then be prompted to select a base point. Click within the pattern to specify your base point, then click again in your drawing to place the copy. You can move other hatch patterns within the drawing as needed, including moving them between layout tabs, to make room for the new copy.


As with scale, you can edit a hatch pattern's rotation in the Properties panel.




The rotation of a hatch pattern is also called the Angle in the Properties panel.


To change the rotation of a hatch, select the hatch, then change the Angle number in the Pattern section of the Properties panel. In this example, we have made a copy of the hatch GROUNDCOVER006 and will be changing its angle from 90 to 135.




Now that we've changed the Angle of our copied hatch, the new rotation will be reflected in the hatch itself (see below).




The angle, or rotation, has changed according to the number we set in the Properties panel.


In this case, the new angle, 135, is 45 degrees greater than the original angle of 90. As such, the new pattern has an angle that is 45 degrees off from the original hatch. Note that the text above our hatch still reflects the original angle.




To change the text to reflect the new angle, double-click on the old number and type the new number.

Step 2: Editing a Hatch Pattern Using the Generic Plants Tool

Once you've changed a groundcover hatch pattern in the Hatch Patterns drawing, you'll need to enact these changes in the hatch pattern when you use it in your drawing. You can complete this task using the Generic Plants tool.




Open our Generic Plants tool:


F/X Planting ribbon, Generic Plants button





Planting toolbar

F/X Planting menu, Generic Plants option




or type FX_PlaceGenericTrees in the Command line




The Generic Plants dialog box will open.




Select the Groundcover button at the top of the dialog box.




Scroll to and select the hatch whose scale you want to change.




Click Edit.




Changing a Hatch Pattern's Scale

The following dialog box will open when you click Edit as described above. To edit the selected hatch's scale, change the number in the Scale field to match the scale you have chosen for the hatch. Click OK to apply your changes.





Hatch pattern GROUNDCOVER 006, scale set to 0.12


Hatch pattern GROUNDCOVER 006, scale set to 0.60




Changing a Hatch Pattern's Rotation (Angle)

To change the rotation, or angle, of the hatch pattern, change the number in the Rotation field. Click OK to apply your changes.





Issue: Hatches are appearing as solid rather than patterns


Issue: Blocks or hatches are not available when you try to select a symbol


Issue: When you change a groundcover hatch description when editing that hatch, a new duplicate hatch is being created with the original description


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Last modified on Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:06

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