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Use Draw Order Commands to Place Hatches behind Text
Tip# 3944 By Maria Tzanetakou On 30-Jul-2012
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Categories : Draw Order
Software type : AutoCAD 2013
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Arrange your hatches so text will plot over them properly.

Tipster Maria Tzanetakou reminds us to consider draw order when using text over hatch objects in AutoCAD drawings.

“Sometimes you are using not just hatch, but gradient hatch to specify an area, and text to describe that area. In that case you must remember to use the appropriate draw order command to send the hatch back, or chances are the description text will not appear, even if you have chosen the Lines Merge setting in your PC3 file.”

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton:
Draw order can mess up your drawings if you aren’t careful, especially when using hatch objects to highlight an area of your drawing. Make sure you use the HatchToBack and TextToFront commands, which will move all hatch objects to the back and all text to the front, respectively. These commands are quick and easy to execute, and can save you some reprinting time


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Comment by RenderMan,_
Posted on 2012-07-30 13:56:46
This is controlled by the HPDRAWORDER System Variable, which is set to 3 by default: _ [QUOTE] "Send behind boundary. The hatch of fill is sent behind the hatch's boundary objects" [/quote] _ [URL] http://exchange.autodesk.com/autocad/enu/online-help/browse#WS1a9193826455f5ffa23ce210c4a30acaf-4fa9.htm [/URL]
Comment by DeShawn,Bill
Posted on 2012-07-31 22:11:39
This can be almost automatic if you set the system variable HPDRAWORDER to 1. I've also written a quick routine that sets all hatches to the rear upon execution of a three-key command. Also newer versions of AutoCAD have a new command: TEXTTOFRONT. Bill DeShawn http://my.sterling.net/~bdeshawn

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