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Hatch is Too Dense, or Not Dense Enough (Hatch Scale Issues)


One of your hatches doesn't look quite right. It might be too dense, or not dense enough, when you place it in your drawing. 



For example, the hatch may look like this as placed ...

... when it should look like this:



This issue can apply to several types of hatches, including:

  • Planting hatches (Groundcovers and Shrub Areas)
  • Reference Note hatches (Area/Volume Reference Notes)
  • Generic site hatches
  • Irrigation hatches (such as areas for drip emitters)

Is the hatch appearing as a solid color rather than a hatch pattern? You may be experiencing a rare issue with the MaxHatch setting. Solution >



Problems with hatch density can be caused by:

  • An issue with the scale you've set for your drawing, or with the scale of the hatch itself
  • A hatch being set to the Stipple setting
  • If the hatch is appearing as a solid color: A rarer issue with the MaxHatch setting

In general, the scale of a hatch determines the density of that hatch when placed in your drawing. Hatch scale is an important, and often-overlooked, setting.




Step 1: Is it a Stipple Hatch?


Do you have a Stipple pattern selected for the problematic hatch?


If so, the issue may be occurring because you're using Annotative Scaling, which does not work well with Stipple hatch patterns.


You can either:

Are you not using a Stipple hatch, or is your hatch still placing at the wrong density after you've disabled Annotative Scaling and/or selected a different pattern? Move on to Step 2.


Step 2: Check Your Viewport Scale

Not using a Stipple hatch? Your viewport scale may have changed or otherwise set incorrectly.



Using our Scale tool, verify that your scale is set correctly.



Before moving to the next step, check the MEASUREMENT system variable. If you're working in an Imperial plan, this setting should be 0. If you are working in a Metric plan, this setting should be 1.



Step 3: Test & Correct the Hatch Scale in Your Drawing

Open a clean drawing. Use our Scale tool to set a different viewport scale from the one you've set in the original drawing (where the hatch was appearing incorrectly).


Does the hatch place at the correct density in the clean drawing? (That is, does it look how you'd like it to look?)

  • Yes, the hatch looks correct at the new viewport scale: In the drawing where the hatch scaling issue is occurring, follow our steps to rescale the hatch manually. Once you've found the scale that works for you, place the hatch again. Did it scale correctly? You've solved the issue.
  • No, the hatch still looks incorrect at the new viewport scale: Move on to Step 4.



Step 4 (If Necessary): Change the Hatch Scale in the Land F/X Hatch Patterns Drawing

If the hatch density is still incorrect as placed in the clean drawing with a different viewport scale, you'll need to correct the scale of the hatch at a deeper level.



Download the Land F/X Hatch Patterns drawing, linked below.


Open the Hatch Patterns drawing. Locate and select the hatch you need to rescale. Then follow our steps to select a new scale for the hatch.

More information on our hatch patterns:



Once you've rescaled the hatch and made any other necessary changes, save the hatch into our software, replacing the existing hatch in our system with the same name.


Place the hatch in a drawing. Is it scaled correctly – that is, does it have the correct density?

  • Yes, the hatch is scaled correctly. Move on to Step 5.
  • No, the hatch is still not saved correctly. Check that you've rescaled it properly both in the Land F/X Hatch Patterns drawing and while using the Save Hatch tool.


Step 5: Replace the Hatch in Your Drawing

Once you've corrected the hatch scale in both the Land F/X Hatch Patterns drawing and the software, you'll need to replace the problematic hatch in your drawing with the corrected hatch in one of two ways:


Method 1: Place a newly adjusted hatch in your drawing, and open the Properties panel. Select and adjust all existing hatch patterns manually to match. From that point, when you place that hatch pattern, the hatches will all look the same.


Method 2: Place the new hatch as you did before, but place it on top of the old pattern. You'll be asked whether you want to replace that data with the new data, select Yes. The hatch pattern will come in with the new scale.

Last modified on Sep 30, 2019


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