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Plaids from Gradients
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Plaids from Gradients
Created by: Barbara Townsend

This is a very quick and simple tutorial for a plaid. Stick to the instructions just as they are written, then you can go out on your own and experiment with other gradients.
New Image Create a new image, 200 x 200 Pixels, transparent raster background.
Materials Palette - Materials Box  Materials Gradient Option

Flood Fill Tool

Set your Foreground Material to Gradient, click into the Foreground Materials box and set:
– Gradient = Duotone Red
– Angle = 128
– Repeats = 0
– Invert = unchecked
– Style = Linear

Flood-fill your image with this gradient.


Go to Effects || Artistic Effects || Enamel:
– Blur = 5
– Detail = 16
– Density = 76
– Angle = 315
– Color = a light brown (Red=180, Green=135, Blue=86; #b48756)

Click on OK.


Now go to Effects || Artistic Effects || Chrome:
– Flaws = 8
– Brightness = 27
– Use original color = checked

Click on OK.


Duplicate this image with Shift+D (Window || Duplicate).

For the duplicate image, go to Image || Rotate || Rotate Clockwise.

Copy this image (Edit || Copy or Ctrl+C) and paste it into the first image as a new layer (Edit || Paste || Paste As New Layer or Ctrl+L).

Reduce the Opacity of the top layer to about 50%.

Now just merge your layers (Layers || Merge || Merge All [Flatten]) and you've got a nice, warm plaid!


For different plaid sizes you may have to vary the settings in the effects dialog windows – or you just select a smaller portion from this plaid for a smaller one, or copy and paste this plaid for a bigger one.

Also, of course, try out different gradients. Just have fun and enjoy!

Barbara T.