AutoCAD 2002 Bible

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10. Choose Select Objects and pick the rectangle in your drawing. Press Enter. Click OK. AutoCAD fills the rectangle with the lightning hatch, as shown in Figure 31-11.

Figure 31-11: The lightning hatch pattern


11. Save your drawing.


Check out AutoCAD’s acad.pat file for some ideas on how to create your own hatch pattern definitions.

Summary


In this chapter, you learned how to create your own linetypes and hatch patterns. You can create simple linetypes containing only dashes, dots, and spaces, or you can create complex linetypes that include shapes and text.


You can create your own hatch patterns that are made up of a set of parallel lines. In the next chapter, you learn how to create shapes and fonts.


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Creating Shapes and Fonts



Shapes are similar to blocks. You create them, store them, and insert them. There are several differences, however:


♦ Shapes are much harder to create.


♦ Shapes are compiled into a format that conserves storage space, memory, and regeneration time.


♦ You can use shapes to create fonts.


♦ Font and shape files are support files — if you distribute a drawing, be sure to include any font or shape files that the drawing uses.


You can use shapes for simple forms that you need to insert many times quickly. Examples are shapes inserted into complex linetypes and font characters.

Creating Shapes


Shape files are used for both shapes and fonts. You create them with a text editor and save them with the extension .shp. You then use the COMPILE command (by typing it on the command line), which opens the Select Shape or Font File dialog box, shown in Figure 32-1.

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