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Properly managing a drawing is essential to being productive in AutoCAD. In this course, author Jeff Bartels concentrates on the Autodesk AutoCAD tools and features dedicated to organizing and editing geometry. The course covers making selections, creating and adjusting layers, identifying objects with hatch patterns, and scaling, exploding, and joining elements. It also includes lessons on creating fillets and chamfers, copying existing objects into rectangular or circular patterns, and accessing specialized tools that make measurements and calculations a lot easier.
After creating what you thought was the perfect Hatch Pattern, later on you may change your mind. Fortunately, making changes to Hatch is very easy because the workflow for creating and editing Hatch is identical. Let's take a look. On my screen, I have a drawing that represents a landscaping plan. Since we are going to be talking about editing Hatch; I would like to create some Hatch first that way we know how it was created. I would like to Hatch these large trees. To do that, I will launch the Hatch command and then I will click once inside each tree and I will press Enter to accept the default pattern.
Now that we have some Hatch, let's make some changes. To edit Hatch, all you have to do is select it. Notice that AutoCAD is viewing all three of these trees as a single pattern. We can use this to our advantage, because any settings changes that we make will be applied to each tree. Also notice that when you select the Hatch, AutoCAD brings up the familiar Hatch Settings. This means that editing Hatch is going to be just as intuitive as creating it in the first place. For instance, I would like to change the scale of this pattern, I will drag across this value and change it to 4 and I will press Tab.
I can also change the angle of the pattern by dragging the slider, or entering a new value at the end of the line. I could change the Transparency of this Hatch if I wanted to. Let's change the color, I will do that by opening the Color menu, and since these are trees we will make the color green. Maybe I would like to change the pattern. I will come up and click Hatch Pattern and I am going to select Solid from the menu. When I am finished making changes, I will press the Escape key. Now the things are certainly looking better, but you know what, these large green areas look a little bland.
Let's apply a Gradient Fill Hatch to these trees, such that we can simulate sunlight. Once again I will select the Hatch and I will come up and choose Hatch Pattern, I will then drag down through the Patterns and I am going to select this one, Gradient Sphere. Try and visualize what this is going to look like. Notice it doesn't look like you would expect, that's because AutoCAD is spanning that gradient across all three trees. No problem, if I come up to the Options panel, I will click this arrow and expand it and I will come down and choose Separate Hatches.
This will convert each tree into its own individual hatch pattern. After this change, the one on the left is the only one selected. You can see the sunlight appears to be coming straight down from the top. Let's change this by coming up and clicking the Centered toggle to turn that value off. Now if I want to adjust the angle of the sunlight, I can simply drag my Angle slider and adjust the angle of this pattern. Finally, I would like to change the color, since this is a gradient pattern I have access to the two colors right here.
Let's open the upper menu, this represents the darker color, in this case it's blue. I will come down and choose Select Colors, and from the Color Selector, I am going to grab color number 96, and I will click OK. When I am finished, I will press Escape. Now this tree looks very good, at this point I would like to apply the same hatch settings to these remaining two trees. We can do that by selecting one or both of the trees. I am going to grab both of them, and then in the hatch settings, I am going to come up and choose Match Properties.
This tool allows us to populate these settings by selecting another hatch pattern. I am going to select this tree and when I am finished, I will press Escape. As you can see, AutoCAD makes it easy to edit Hatch; using the familiar Ribbon Tab settings you can quickly dial up the perfect pattern to accommodate any design need.
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