Chapter 8

Hatching and Gradients

The term hatching refers to filling bounded areas with solids, patterns, and/or gradients. You create hatching in the AutoCAD® program to indicate transitions between materials and to improve the readability of drawings in general. Hatching with solid fill, patterns, and/or tonal gradients can transform staid line drawings into attractive illustrations. This chapter covers the basics of hatching so that you can use it in your own drawings.

  • Specifying hatch areas
  • Associating hatches with boundaries
  • Hatching with patterns
  • Hatching with gradients

Specifying Hatch Areas

Every hatch area is defined by a boundary containing the solid fill, pattern, or gradient. The boundary can be determined either by picking a point ...

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