I try to make a candy cane style for a line geometry with QGIS I used the hatching and line symbology but the hach are squared.

Have you one better idea to do:

  • a more smooth and rounded symbology
  • the hatches limited by the line itself

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The symbol is from multiple parts:

  1. A white 5mm Simple Line as base, using a round join style.

  2. On top of that: A Hashed Line using an interval of 6mm and a hash length of 3mm which is drawing a red 3mm Simple Line, using a round cap style.

  3. On top of that: The same configuration for a Hashed Line but in white

  4. On the whole layer level (under Layer Rendering) a Draw Effect: Inner Glow with a spread of 0.3mm and a blur radius of 1mm using a dark grey color.

It's a bit blotchy but transports the idea well enough in my opinion. I hope you like it!

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    at step 3, you should add an offset of 3 mm to show the same as on the picture
    – jlSta
    Nov 10, 2020 at 21:01
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    With the new group blending possibilities in QGIS 3.24+ one could probably put the inner glow on a separate layer and cut the sides and corners of the cane more nicely. Dec 12, 2021 at 15:20
  • Could you add an exemple?
    – jlSta
    Dec 13, 2021 at 16:06

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