Hatch

Hatching is applied in landscape designs to indicate areas such as paving, mulching, decking etc. The area to be hatched can be formed by a number of entities, but it must be a closed space. The HATCH command is used to start the process, a selection from a series of hatch patterns is made, the scale of patterning adjusted and the selected zone is hatched. The hatch patterns come from a hatch pattern file that has the extension .pat. Hatching in gCADPlus works with AutoCAD hatch pattern files; many of these are available for download on the Internet. The figure below shows a design in which hatching has been applied to indicate lawn and vegetable areas.

Hatch example

The HATCH command can be activated in a number of ways:

  • Activate the draw drop down menu and select Hatch,
  • Type the HATCH command at the keyboard or,
  • Pick the Hatch icon from the Draw toolbar.
Apply hatching part 1

YouTube movie How to apply hatching in gCADPlus landscape designs

Apply hatching part 2

YouTube movie Hatching entities in gCADPlus landscape designs.

Apply hatching part 3

YouTube movie Hatching entities in gCADPlus landscape designs.

Apply hatching part 4

YouTube movie Hatching entities in gCADPlus landscape designs.

Apply hatching part 5

YouTube movie How to apply different hatch patters to gCADPlus landscape plans. We use the MATCHPROP command and ‘paint’ one hatch patterns from one zone to another.

Apply hatching part 6

YouTube movie  We examine the use of different styles of hatching in a detailed design for a rear garden space.

Apply hatching part 6

YouTube movie We show how to apply hatching to and between entities such as rectangles, polylines etc. in gCADPlus landscape plans. The importance of applying hatching to closed polylines is emphasized.

Apply hatching part 7

Using Hatch We respond to a question regarding hatching ‘shapes with shapes’ in landscape drawings. We create a simple combination of a circle inside a polygon that’s inside a second circle and run through the various options in the HATCH command.

Using the hatch command in gCADPlus when running on a Mac under CrossOver.

Hatching in the current version of gCADPlus (v10.5)

Using Hatch Here we show how difficult it is to edit drawings when grips (handles) have not been activated. We also provide some extra guidance on various options in the HATCH command.