Hatching is a technique used by designers to indicate shading, modeling, and light and shade. In a typical landscape drawing hatching will be applied to entities such as closed polylines to indicate paths, decking, grass areas etc. to indicate the type of surface treatment.
Hatching pattern file
The figure below shows some of the hatch patterns available in gCADPlus.
Tip: gCADPlus can use AutoCAD hatch patterns. Many useful patterns can be downloaded from the internet.
An example of hatching
Using the hatch command when using gCADPlus on Mac under CrossOver. In a copy of the gCADPlus default template, we draw a rectangle of precise size using relative coordinates. Then using the HATCH tool we load the gCADiso hatch pattern file and apply two different hatch patterns to the rectangle. We emphasize the need to experiment with the hatch pattern scale to get the desired result.
Future versions of gCADPlus may offer a point or gradient fill. This option chosen from the properties box can be applied to any closed entity such as rectangles, circles, polylines, ellipses etc. Set color and fill on for the original entity and then move down in the Properties box and choose one or two colors and type for the gradient. This creates a smooth transition between one or two colors.
The figure below shows some examples of the use of this tool.