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Editing hatch objects dynamically

From: AutoCAD 2011 New Features

Video: Editing hatch objects dynamically

In previous versions of AutoCAD editing hatch usually meant jumping back and forth between Model space and a dialog box full of settings. In AutoCAD 2011, we can make dynamic intuitive modifications to our hatch, right on our screen. In this lesson were going to learn how to edit our hatch using Direct Manipulation. On my screen I have got an architectural example. This is a drawing of a master bath, and I have a hatch pattern in this drawing. This hatch represents the tile on the floor. My hatch has some problems. As you can see it's overlapping some of the geometry in this drawing.

Editing hatch objects dynamically

In previous versions of AutoCAD editing hatch usually meant jumping back and forth between Model space and a dialog box full of settings. In AutoCAD 2011, we can make dynamic intuitive modifications to our hatch, right on our screen. In this lesson were going to learn how to edit our hatch using Direct Manipulation. On my screen I have got an architectural example. This is a drawing of a master bath, and I have a hatch pattern in this drawing. This hatch represents the tile on the floor. My hatch has some problems. As you can see it's overlapping some of the geometry in this drawing.

To edit my hatch, I will click to select it. And notice AutoCAD brings up my hatch settings on this new context-sensitive tab in my ribbon. From here I can change any of the attributes of this hatch. I can change the pattern, I can change its color, I can apply transparency, change its angle or its scale. Pretty much any of the settings that were available when I created this hatch are also available when I want to make changes. Now the change I'm interested in involves my boundaries. So I'm going to come over to the Boundaries panel and click the Add Boundary tool.

And I would like to add this boundary, and this one, and this one. I will then hit Enter and I'll hit Escape to deselect my hatch. Now I'd like to make a few more changes to this pattern. Once again I'll select the hatch. This time let's take a look at this center grip. This is new to AutoCAD 2011. We can use this grip to dynamically edit our hatch using Direct Manipulation. To use the tool, I'll hover over the grip and AutoCAD brings up a menu with four options: Stretch, Origin Point, Hatch Angle and Hatch Scale.

I am going to select Stretch. Now Stretch is just like Move. I can use this option to pick my hatch up and place it somewhere else in my drawing. Now I don't want to do that, so I'm going to hit Escape to cancel. I'll hover over the grip again. This time I'll select Origin Point. And as I move my cursor, I can dynamically drag this pattern on my screen. This allows me to easily and visually center this pattern in my room. Once I get the hatch and the location that I like, I can click on screen to accept.

Let's make another change. Once again, I'll hover, this time I'll select Hatch Angle, and as I move my cursor, I am now dynamically adjusting the rotation of this pattern. I can pick a point on screen if I like to set my rotation, or I can enter a value. I'd like to rotate this hatch 45 degrees. So I'm going to type 45 and hit Enter. And notice my hatch didn't change. Do you have any idea why? Take a look up here in my settings. Notice this hatch is already rotated 45 degrees.

If I want it to rotate it 45 degrees from its current rotation, I would need to select Hatch Angle and enter a value of 90. I'd like to make one more change. Let's say were to go with a different size tile, maybe one that's half as big as what we are currently using. I'll hover over the grip, we'll select Hatch Scale, and I can dynamically adjust its scale or I can enter a value. To make my hatch half as big as its current size, what value would I use to make my hatch half as big as its current size? It's not going to be .5.

Take a look right here at my current scale. Since this is set to 100, if I want to make my hatch half as big, I'll need to enter a value of 50. When I am finished making my changes I'll hit Escape to deselect. Let's select the hatch one more time, because I'd like to show you another way we can use this grip. I am going to hover to bring up the menu, and then I'll select the Stretch option. When the Stretch option is current, if I tap my Ctrl key AutoCAD will cycle to the next option. Right now I'm adjusting my origin.

Let me tap Ctrl. I am now adjusting my rotation; tap Ctrl again and I'm adjusting my scale. So we can use the Ctrl key to cycle between the options. Let's hit Escape to cancel and then I'll hit Escape again to deselect. Let's take a look at one more thing. In AutoCAD 2011, there is a new Draw Order property that's associated with hatch. If I come up to Modify panel and open up the Draw Order menu, right here at the bottom is a new setting called Send Hatches to Back. This is a great tool to use to send all of your hatch to the back of your drawing.

Using the new hatch editing tools in AutoCAD 2011 takes the guesswork out of modifying hatch. Never again do we have to bounce back and forth between a dialog box and preview to fine-tune a pattern. We can now create the perfect hatch in one step using Direct Manipulation.

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AutoCAD 2011 New Features

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 28s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 14m 2s
    1. Adapting to the updated Drawing window
      4m 4s
    2. Introducing the Navigation bar
      5m 28s
    3. Accessing the web-based help system
      4m 30s
  3. 27m 36s
    1. Understanding the new visibility controls
      3m 5s
    2. Selecting objects that have similar properties
      3m 24s
    3. Creating new geometry based on existing objects
      2m 20s
    4. Making selections when entities overlap
      4m 11s
    5. Applying transparency to objects
      5m 44s
    6. Controlling text alignment within linetypes
      8m 52s
  4. 16m 38s
    1. Automating the creation of geometric constraints
      5m 35s
    2. Applying constraints to text rotation
      3m 8s
    3. Using the updated Parameters Manager
      7m 55s
  5. 38m 40s
    1. Streamlining hatch creation
      5m 56s
    2. Editing hatch objects dynamically
      4m 36s
    3. Editing polylines using multifunctional grips
      6m 14s
    4. Creating splines using fit points or control vertices
      10m 30s
    5. Editing splines using intuitive grip menus
      8m 17s
    6. Using the JOIN command to connect contiguous geometry
      3m 7s
  6. 18m 56s
    1. Exploring the updated 3D working environment
      6m 50s
    2. Simplifying the creation and editing of solid models
      5m 59s
    3. Introducing new tools to edit mesh models
      6m 7s
  7. 1h 25m
    1. Introducing surfaces
      2m 50s
    2. Understanding associative surfaces
      7m 9s
    3. Creating composite models using surfaces and solids
      9m 3s
    4. Producing a smooth blend between surfaces
      7m 20s
    5. Trimming and extending surfaces
      10m 55s
    6. Projecting geometry onto a surface
      5m 29s
    7. Filleting the edge between two surfaces
      6m 37s
    8. Creating offset and network surfaces
      8m 45s
    9. Pushing and pulling surfaces into freeform shapes
      10m 52s
    10. Analyzing surface continuity
      6m 15s
    11. Assembling the composite model
      10m 40s
  8. 22m 2s
    1. Introducing the new Materials Browser
      6m 10s
    2. Applying materials to an assembly
      6m 2s
    3. Customizing render materials
      5m 17s
    4. Creating a high-resolution image
      4m 33s
  9. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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