# How can I fill the ring like this picture?

I want to fill a ring like this picture With Geogebra, I tried it by plot 4<=x^2+y^2<=9and this is the code in Geogebra

\documentclass[12pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{pgf,tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{arrows}
\usetikzlibrary{patterns}
\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}[line cap=round,line join=round,>=triangle 45,x=1.0cm,y=1.0cm]
\clip(-3.3,-3.3) rectangle (3.3,3.3);
\draw [rotate around={0.:(0.,0.)},color=black] (0.,0.) ellipse (2.cm and 2.cm);
\draw [rotate around={0.:(0.,0.)},color=black,fill=black,fill opacity=0.1] (0.,0.) ellipse (3.cm and 3.cm);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


but, I got How can I fill the ring as the firt picture?

A simple way to do this kind of operation is fill the center circle with fill=white, and to get the cross hatch fill pattern you use pattern=crosshatch: ## Code

\documentclass[12pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{pgf,tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{arrows}
\usetikzlibrary{patterns}
\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}[line cap=round,line join=round,>=triangle 45,x=1.0cm,y=1.0cm]
\clip(-3.3,-3.3) rectangle (3.3,3.3);
\draw [rotate around={0.:(0.,0.)},color=black] (0.,0.) ellipse (2.cm and 2.cm);
\draw [rotate around={0.:(0.,0.)},color=black,fill=black,fill opacity=0.1] (0.,0.) ellipse (3.cm and 3.cm);
\draw [rotate around={0.:(0.,0.)},color=black,fill=white] (0.,0.) ellipse (2.cm and 2.cm);
\end{tikzpicture}
% -------------------
\begin{tikzpicture}[line cap=round,line join=round,>=triangle 45,x=1.0cm,y=1.0cm]
\clip(-3.3,-3.3) rectangle (3.3,3.3);
\draw [rotate around={0.:(0.,0.)},color=black] (0.,0.) ellipse (2.cm and 2.cm);
\draw [rotate around={0.:(0.,0.)},color=black,fill=black,fill opacity=0.5, pattern=crosshatch] (0.,0.) ellipse (3.cm and 3.cm);
\draw [rotate around={0.:(0.,0.)},color=black,fill=white] (0.,0.) ellipse (2.cm and 2.cm);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

• And how about format of fill, none black? – minthao_2011 Nov 8 '14 at 1:21
• @minthao_2011: Updated answer to include cross hatch pattern. Is this what the comment was about? – Peter Grill Nov 8 '14 at 1:24
• Two circles and even odd rule avoids the white fill. – percusse Nov 8 '14 at 1:35
• Why 3 ellipses instead of 2 circles? – Sigur Nov 8 '14 at 1:48

Why all that typing?

\documentclass[border=5]{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{arrows}
\usetikzlibrary{patterns}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[fill=gray!30,even odd rule]  (0,0) circle (3cm)
(0,0) circle (2cm);
\end{tikzpicture}
% -------------------
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[even odd rule,pattern=crosshatch]  (0,0) circle (3cm)
(0,0) circle (2cm);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document} • Beautiful brevity! – Przemysław Scherwentke Nov 8 '14 at 2:25
• Why all that typing? \tikz\draw[even odd rule, fill=gray!30] circle (3) circle (2); ;) – Mark Wibrow Nov 8 '14 at 14:30
• @MarkWibrow: Yes, but too much brevity may some times be difficult to understand. (certainly not in this case though) :-) – user11232 Nov 8 '14 at 14:33