Hatch inks are patterns made of groups of lines. These inks are often used in illustrations to distinguish different materials in cross sections, machine diagrams, and maps.
Specify the number of line groups as well as the angle, offset, and origin of each group. Assign a pen size, color, and dash to each line group, and select a fill ink for the background of the hatch ink.
Click on the Hatch icon to open the hatch inks in the Presets palette. Use this palette to apply preset hatch inks to objects or store customized hatch inks that you create in the Hatch manager.
If you create a new ink in the Hatch manager, click the Add Preset button to add it to the Presets palette.
Make sure you select either the Pen or Fill Ink icon on the Presets palette.
See Applying Preset Inks for complete steps about applying inks.
Use the Hatch manager in the Attributes palette to create hatch inks and then add them to the Presets palette.
When you create a hatch ink, set the number of line groups and other attributes.
Click a line group in the preview box to select it. Tiny handles appear where the selected group meets the edge.
Choose a color for the selected line group in the palette. Choose a preset color or define a custom color. See The Color Editor.
Select an ink to use as the hatch ink background.
Choose a dash pattern for the selected line group.
If the hatch ink has different layers, choose the layer from this menu.
Click this button to add a new layer. When a new layer is active, you can add another line group.
Click this button to delete the current layer.
When you want to change an existing hatch ink, select the Hatch Ink and click the Edit button to open the Hatch manager in the Attributes palette.
If you want to create a hatch ink that has crossing lines, the hatch ink will have to contain different layers. If the hatch ink contains only one line group, then one layer is sufficient.
Line group color
Click on the Pen icon to open the pop-up color palette. Choose a preset color or define a custom color in the Color Editor dialog box. (See Color Editor Dialog Box.)
The width in points (1/72 inch) of each line in the selected line group. If a hatch ink overlaps the edges of an object, change the Pen value to make the width of the hatch lines smaller than the pen size of the object’s stroke.
The angle in degrees of the selected line group relative to vertical. When you add a line group, the angle is initially 0 degrees.
The horizontal starting position of the line group, measured in points. Increasing this value moves the line group to the right.
The vertical starting position of the line group, measured in points from the top of the preview box. Increasing this value moves the line group downward.