I came across this map and would like to replicate the textured styling found along the borders. I'm starting with a multipart polygon but my process has perhaps too many steps. I'm using QGIS 2.8.2.

  1. Processing algorithm: Convert original polygon to lines
  2. Processing algorithm: Fixed distance buffer
  3. Clip buffer using the original multipart polygon
  4. Style the clipped buffer with Line Pattern Fill, adjusting transparency, line width, etc.

Here is my output:
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Any ideas on how to achieve this effect in fewer steps? I sense I'm overlooking an option like color burst, but where you can use a line pattern as a fill. Or, perhaps there's a way to do an inverted or negative buffer, which would save me the clipping step.

Update: Buffers with negative values create smaller versions of the original multipart polygons, not a sort of boundary area. (Note: I'm using Vector/Geoprocessing/Create Buffer.)

I think the buffer layer itself does need to be clipped too, presuming you have outermost boundaries to consider.

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    Looks like a future version will be able to do this in less steps - the blog post is based on new features coming to QGIS 2.12
    – Mapperz
    Jul 21, 2015 at 20:16
  • This link shows how to do hatching with polygons and this link talks about using a negative value for the buffers. I am not really familur with QGIS, but these 2 links make it sound achievable.
    – TsvGis
    Jul 21, 2015 at 22:37
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    I think polygon - boundary - buffer is right but you don't need to clip your existing then, draw the buffer with a stroke fill over the top of the exiting polygons with a transparent background as the stroke is the same for each. In your sample map the strokes fade, that would be more difficult to emulate but I think not totally impossible. Jul 22, 2015 at 0:26

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Following on from what you wrote and the links in the comments sections, I got a more refined hatched boundary (only within the polygons).

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I used the "Difference Tool" (Vector/Geoprocessing Tools/Difference) and used the following settings to clip the buffer to the extent that I wanted:

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I used a -20m value for the buffer, but if you wanted longer hatched lines you could use a greater value.

Hope this helps. Oh This was done on QGIS 2.2.0


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