We really enjoy making Plaid Paper patterns simply because they are so fun to do and they serve as a very effective background to our digital scrapbook pages. Aside from being easy to do, they really give a nice and unique look to every project that we use them. In fact, we always look forward to seeing the final outcome of every pattern that we create! You can find part 1 of the plaid paper series here. You may have seen the first part of this tutorial series on Plaid Paper and we gave a very quick and easy method without the need to draw out a plan and compute the spaces between the lines that form the checks. This time, we are somewhat going to make something that needs a little time to devise a layout of how we would like the complete pattern to look.
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Creating Plaid Paper Part 2
First, you have to carefully pay attention on the distances and width of each stripe in this lesson so that you can create your own work area plan afterwards. So, open Adobe Photoshop and create a new file. We made this with 142 pixels by 142 pixels in 72 resolution and white backgrouns. Here’s the tricky part, we will be using three different colours for the pattern and we have to use the vertical guides to set the distribution of the space to the three colours. To activate the vertical guides go to View > New Guide and made several guides at the following locations: 14 pixels 37 pixels 52 pixels 71 pixels 85 pixels 104 pixels 118 pixels Note: You can adjust the number of guides and their spaces depending on how you would want your plaid to look. Now, let’s set the three different colours that we will use on each section: Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, we will draw a rectangle on one of the two the biggest strips. After that, fill the rectangle with the colour you wish with the help of the Paint Bucket Tool. Do the same for the other big chunk of strip. Next, draw the rectangles for the two medium sized strips between the two big strips. Fill them up with identical colours. Finally, change the foreground colour to that which you would want to use for the rest of the strips. Use the Paint Bucket Tool to fill. Just like what we did in the first tutorial, we need to merge all the layers to just one layer. On the layers panel, select all layers and then right click > Merge Layers. We’ll end up with a single layer. Then, we will duplicate this. Select the copied layer and then go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 degrees CW We can now go ahead and clear all the guides we placed earlier to help us see how the Plaid looks. View > Clear Guides While the copied layer is selected, adjust its opacity to 50%. And there goes our Plaid Paper Pattern with three colour combination.
All we need to do now is to save it as a pattern and it’s ready to use for our digital scapbooking layout! That pattern we just made was used as the background for this lovely scrapbook for a little girl that was adorned with elements from Digital Scrapbooking Kit Make a Wish (PU/S4H) by Digidesignresort. Hope you had fun doing another plaid tutorial with us!
You can find the PDF Document here. Just click on the link and download the Printable to your Computer.