Creating Your Own Line and Fill Patterns
If you want to use a fill pattern, line pattern, or line end not available in Visio 2007, you can create your own custom pattern. Custom patterns are powerful and peculiar. They work roughly like this: You create a shape and specify the attributes you want, then tell Visio 2007 to use it as a fill pattern, line pattern, or line end. Visio 2007 adds your pattern as an option in the Fill or Line dialog box. You can then apply the pattern to a shape in the usual way.
Understanding Pattern Philosophy
The pattern you design is a simple shape or group, as Figure 23-14 shows. The options you set for your pattern determine the way it looks when applied to a shape. The results of different patterns and different ...