DraftSight: Fill the Hatch!

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While exploring the drawing section of DraftSight’s customizable ribbon, I stumbled upon two icons that I hadn’t used before, called Hatch and Fill. Once I tested them out on a couple of my designs, I knew they’d be the perfect sequel to the last few posts, because they align with my recent theme of adding detail and precision to your work.

More specifically, using Hatch and Fill allows for the different materials and components of your drawings to be clearly defined. Hatch does this by allowing you to fill your entities with a lined pattern or design of your choice. You can even control the direction of the pattern, and apply it to elements whether or not they have closed boundaries.

The Fill icon acts similarly, but rather than a lined pattern, it saturates your entities with a gradience of any color you choose. It even allows you to add more than one color, and control the pattern and angle of the gradient design.

Once you’ve selected the Fill or Hatch of choice, both features have Boundary Settings that designate which entity to alter. I’ve found the Specify Points option to be the most convenient when adding to an intricate design, because it automatically detects the internal regions of your drawing – keeping the color or pattern within the lines.

That said, if you’re filling or hatching an entity that doesn’t have closed boundaries, clicking Specify Entities will be the way to go.

I hope this post encourages you to personalize and add clarity your DraftSight drawings with Hatch and Fill!

Check out the videos below to see both features in action!


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Rachael Crunkleton
I’m a first time CAD user with an interest in architectural design. I discovered CAD through my background in presenting applications and studying new types of software. With the help of DraftSight, I’m developing my drawing abilities and sharing my progress along the way.
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