Hatching is used to indicate areas such as paving, mulching, decking etc. The area to be hatched can be formed by a number of entities, but it must be a closed space. The HATCH command is used to start the process,a selection from a series of hatch patterns is made, the scale of patterning adjusted the zone hatched.

The HATCH command can be activated in a number of ways:

  • Activate the draw drop down menu and select Hatch,

  • Type the HATCH command at the keyboard or,

  • Pick the Hatch icon from the Draw toolbar. It is the last item and circled in the figure below.

Start hatch

Movie - hatching We show how to hatch a path leading from a street to the front door of a house in the USA (Imperial drawing environment).


Tip: The key thing to watch is not to get the density of the hatching too high or your software may lock up. Change the scale such that the density in the preview box is close to a value of 2.

Tip: Rather than applying a hatch pattern to a whole area, it is often far quicker to enclose the shape with a polyline and set the properties of the polyline to filled. Here is a movie that illustrates the point.

  Movie - hatching How to hatch mulched garden bed areas.

Hatch polyline


Hatching a seating area

Hatch concrete pattern This movie shows how to apply hatching using the concrete hatch pattern from the acadiso.pat library (the metric environment).


Hatching   Applying a stone pattern to a polyline shape.

Hatching   Applying a solid pattern.

Tip: You can often achieve the same result by changing the properties of an entity to "filled".

Islands How to deal with 'islands' when applying hatch patterns.