Quick Tip: How to Make a Hatch Transparent

March 12th, 2014

Send to Front, Send to Back … or Transparent?  Depending on what you want your final output to look like, you will want to choose accordingly. 

A transparent hatch is most readily experienced when using the Solid hatch pattern, although any pattern can be used.  In the illustration, the solid hatches are drawn on a layer with a color assignment of Black with a transparency value of 50.

How to Assign Hatch Transparency

1.  Set the desired layer to current, then launch the Hatch command to display the contextual Hatch tab.

2.  For clarity purposes, set the Pattern type to Solid.

3.  The Hatch Transparency slider is really clunky, so simply enter a transparency value.  The higher the number, the easier it is to see through the hatch.

4.  In the illustration, the hatch on the left side has the Draw Order as “Send to Back.” The hatch on the right side has the Draw Order as “Bring to Front.” The properties for the furniture and text are the same on both sides.

MAJOR MEMO:  When plotting a drawing with transparencies, be sure to check the box in the Plot dialog box to “Plot Transparency.” (Otherwise, you’re going to have a very wet plot and need another toner cartridge right away.)

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