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Hatching Textures

This chapter concludes with the Pen & Ink Hatch Effects filter. This unusual and exceptionally complex filter combines the powers of blending and masking to create crosshatch, line, and dot patterns. Unlike tile patterns, Pen & Ink patterns can change over the course of the shape, becoming progressively lighter and darker like gradations.

The Hatch Effects filter lets you take a simple object called a hatch and repeat it over and over inside a path at different sizes, angles, and densities. In principle, it's the same thing as defining a custom halftone pattern. Instead of printing little round halftone dots, you print little crosses, straight lines, or squiggles.


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