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Any plug ins for a patterned fill?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 10, 2022 Oct 10, 2022

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Way back, in Freehand I seem to remember there were a set of patterned fills? I want to fill a portion of a building plan in InDesign with simple line shading. I don't really want to do the whole drawing in Illustrator and import it, but just do this 'on the fly'. Any suggestions?

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Community Expert , Oct 10, 2022 Oct 10, 2022

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Community Expert , Oct 10, 2022 Oct 10, 2022

Hi @PBG5 ,

wasn't that old FreeHand feature built on PostScript code patterns?

Code one was able to edit? I'm not aware of a free script that can do this.

But you could do the following: Create your pattern with InDesign or Illustrator, export the page or the artboard to PDF and place the PDF inside the shape on your InDesign page.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Oct 10, 2022 Oct 10, 2022

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Depends on how complicated your pattern is - maybe you can just use Step and Repeat option? 

Can automate anything - as long as it doesn't require A.I.

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Hi @PBG5 ,

wasn't that old FreeHand feature built on PostScript code patterns?

Code one was able to edit? I'm not aware of a free script that can do this.

But you could do the following: Create your pattern with InDesign or Illustrator, export the page or the artboard to PDF and place the PDF inside the shape on your InDesign page.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( Adobe Community Expert )

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Community Beginner ,
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Thanks for the reply. I had already done your method before receiving your work around, but it just confirmed there is no quicker way to fill with patterns / shading.

Peter B

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Just had to wave at another user who does fairly elaborate drawing in ID. 🙂

 

I have just about every tool for drawing stuff there is, from all the Adobe tools to Visio to CAD... and I almost always end up doing diagrams, tech illusrations and so forth in InDesign. Just... the tool at hand, I guess. But it's not really very strong at that task and does lack some basic elements that even beginner drawing tools have... like fills.

 

(I mean, even CSS has pattern fills! 🙂 )

 


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