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Stipple Hatch

Our hatch library includes a Stipple hatch pattern for groundcovers. A stipple pattern – a series of dots arranged in a gradient – creates a distinct look for your groundcovers. When you place a groundcover with the Stipple option set as the hatch pattern, you'll be required to select a series of internal points within your groundcover area. These points will form the basis for the gradient.


Because the Stipple pattern is so popular among our users, we have it set as the default hatch pattern for groundcovers. If you prefer not to represent your groundcovers with this hatch, you can always change the hatch pattern for a given groundcover using the Edit Plant or Block Data tool, or by using the Plant Manager.

Getting an Invalid input error when working with groundcovers? The Stipple pattern may be the culprit – especially in planting areas that include narrow sections or are drawn in irregular shapes. If you get this error, select a pattern besides Stipple for your groundcovers.

The Stipple hatch pattern is only available for groundcovers.

Stipple Hatch Overview

When you place one of your groundcovers for the first time, or when you edit a groundcover, the Planting dialog box will open with the Groundcover tab selected.




To set the stipple pattern as the hatch for the selected groundcover, click STIPPLE and then click OK.




The Plant Info dialog box will open, with the Stipple pattern set as the hatch pattern for this groundcover in the Symbol thumbnail area.




Click OK to place the groundcover. The cursor will turn into a pickbox, and the Command line will prompt you to:

Select polyline to hatch.



Click the closed polyline, polygon, line, etc., enclosing the area where you want to place the stipple hatch.



Continue to click toward the inside of the area until it hatches, as shown below.



Select the border polyline of the area you want to hatch.

Click anywhere in the interior of the hatch area.


The stipple starts the first gradient.

Click again anywhere in the interior.


The second stipple gradient is added.




Continue to click again anywhere in the interior.


More gradients will be added.

The final interior area is ready for selection, and the hatching will be finished.

After you select the last interior area, or right-click at any time, the border polylines will be turned off, and the finished hatch pattern will be displayed.

Placing a stipple requires you to click interior points as the stippling graduates in from the edge. The number of times you click within the stipple area will determine the rate of the hatch gradient. For example, a stipple created with only three clicks will have a slightly different appearance from a hatch created with nine clicks. To keep your stipple hatches consistent, try to maintain a relative consistency in the number of times you click within the boundary before right-clicking to place the hatch.

Making Adjustments or Edits to Areas with Stipple Hatch

You may need to change the size or shape of an area where you've placed a Stipple hatch. If so, the interior polylines might appear automatically and the hatch will appear as a sand pattern without a gradient. If so, you'll need to delete all interior polylines and start over. It's yet another reason we do not recommend using the Stipple pattern.

Where Not to Use a Stipple Hatch

Planting Areas With Exterior Appendages

Each time you click an interior point to build your Stipple pattern, the system is running the Offset command to create the gradient for the hatch. The Offset command doesn't like hatch areas that include thin "appendages" jutting outward or inward. These areas interfere with the command's ability to form the gradient. For this reason, we recommend avoiding using the Stipple hatch pattern for planting areas containing these thin exterior areas. Here's an example:


If you need to place a groundcover in a planting area like this one, we recommend selecting a non-stipple hatch. For example, you can use one of our Sand hatch patterns at a single consistent scale.



If you absolutely must use a Stipple hatch, you could feasibly close off the "appendages" using polylines, as pictured below. You can then treat each section as a separate hatch area, placing your Stipple hatches one area at a time.


Excluding Interior Objects (Multiple Command or Exclude Shrubs)


We offer two options for excluding interior objects from a hatch: the Exclude Shrubs tool and the Hatch Multiple command.



The image to the left shows the typical results of using the Exclude Shrubs tool, which excludes interior shrubs from a hatch pattern.



These utilities for removing interior areas will not work with our Stipple Hatch patterns.




If you need to use one of these tools, you'll need to select a hatch pattern other than Stipple, such as one of the Sand patterns.

Last modified on Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:04

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