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Relocate Hatch Pattern Origins
Tip# 3618 By Leonid Nemirovsky On 10-Apr-2011
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Categories : Edit Hatch
Software type : AutoCAD 2011
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Match up adjacent hatch patterns by setting new origin points.

Longtime and frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky explains how to get adjacent hatch patterns in AutoCAD to match by adjusting their origin points.

"If you have a curved outline divided in the middle and cross-hatched in both areas and those patterns do not match, then select one piece of the hatch with a double-click. In the hatching dialog box, select 'Click to set new origin,' and select the point you want to match on the other piece of hatching. Now both pieces remain separate, but look like a single piece."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: There are many ways to apply hatch patterns in a drawing. Sometimes you want to clearly identify to different areas. Sometimes you want that difference to be more subtle. Or maybe you don't want the paper copy to look any different.

For example, let's say you used two separate hatch patterns to help find an area in square units. If you want them to look the same, or at least to have their patterns aligned, move the hatch origin of one of them until they do line up. (The hatch origin is the starting point of the pattern; AutoCAD draws the defined pattern from that point. If you move the starting point, the rest of the pattern moves with it.)

In AutoCAD 2011, Autodesk gave us the ability to move a hatch pattern's origin with grips. This edit just got a lot simpler.


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Comment by Azbell,Nicholas
Posted on 2011-04-12 09:23:57
You can easily match hatch pattern origin points by using the Match Properties tool. First, select the correct hatch pattern, then select the wrong hatch pattern, THEN select the wrong hatch pattern again. The second selection using the Match Properties paintbrush will match origin points. I have noticed that sometimes only one paintbrush click will work, but two will assure a full match.
Comment by Snyder,Bob
Posted on 2015-08-05 13:14:43
Wonderful for getting Hatches just how you want them. Works great for shingles or siding that you want started from a specific point, or aligned with something else. Nicholas' comment only applies to Hatches that are the same pattern.