OLD Plaid Designer
The DS Plaid Designer tool is by far the quickest and easiest method to create plaids and stripes!
- import color swatches from Illustrator document
- create color swatches online
- option to automatically copy values from weft to warp
- option to mirror weft
- option to mirror warp
- choose plain, twill or satin binding
- double the size, or binding
- preview the tiling pattern
- save plaid values for later use MEMBERS ONLY
- option to overwrite saved plaids MEMBERS ONLY
- load earlier saved plaid values to re-design or re-color (and optionally save as a new plaid) MEMBERS ONLY
- save a png file to your computer for use in Illustrator or Photoshop
This video takes five minutes.
Use two browser windows
To exersice and read the tutorial at the same time.
Step 1: Open two web browser windows.
Step 2: Resize / place both web browser windows next to each other.
Step 3: Open the Plaid Designer page in the left browser window
Step 4: Open the Plaid Designer tutorial page in the right browser window.
Import Illustrator swatches
Step 5: On top of this page, click on the yellow Ai icon to download ''My Illustrator Swatches.ai''. Don''t open it in Illustrator.
The DS Plaid Designer Tool supports all Adobe Illustrator versions!
When you create color swatches in Illustrator:
- COLORS MUST BE CMYK (not RGB)
- Create only those swatches you need for the plaid.
Step 6: To import the Illustrator file:
- Click on the ''Browse'' Button.
- Browse to ''My Illustrator Swatches.ai'', select it and click on ''Open''
- Click on the ''Import'' button
Click only once and wait until the tool tells you that the import succeeded. When it takes a long time and you click twice on ''Import'', the tool will import all swatches twice.
Step 7: Wait a few seconds and the swatches from the Illustrator document will appear.
(in this case white, dark red and red are added).
Use the Color Picker to create Swatches
Step 8: The last color box always shows an empty # box with a white color preview icon. Click on it''s little color preview icon and the Color Picker will open.
Step 9: To create a new color:
- fill in RGB values
- click inside the small vertical colored beam to choose a base color
- then, click and drag inside the left square to deside the desired color tint
- finish by clicking on the round colored icon.
Step 10: To add another color:
- click anywhere on the website on empty space (no text / images), a new swatch will appear.
- repeat steps 8 and 9.
You can add as many colors as you like.
Create a Plaid
Step 11: Below ''Step 2. Create weft'':
- click on the first color preview. This will show all color swatches you created or imported
- pick the light red color.
fill in 40 at yarns.
Step 12: Click on the second (white) color preview.
- Choose ''Black''
Step 13: Type 25 at yarns, then click on the green arrow next to it to add a new color.
Step 14: Create all colors like this example
Step 15: Uncheck the checkboxes ''mirror'' at ''Step 2. Create weft'' and ''Step 3. Create warp''.
Step 16: Check the box ''Copy values from weft''. This will copy all weft values to warp, saving you doing all this again.
Step 17: Click below at ''Step 5. Create plaid'' on the button ''Create''.
The plaid is created and previewed on top of the page.
Mirror weft and warp
Step 18: Below ''Step 2. Create weft'' is a ''mirror'' checkbox. When you check this box, and then click on the ''Create'' button again, the weft will be mirrored.
Step 19: Below ''Step 3. Create warp'' is a ''mirror checkbox. When you check this box, and then click on the ''Create'' button again, the warp will be mirrored.
Copy values from weft
When you check the box ''Copy values from weft'' at ''Step 3. Create warp'' the Plaid Designer tool will automatically copy all values from the weft to the warp. This saves you a lot of time creating the values twice.
When you uncheck this box, it is possible to create different warp and weft values.
Right you can see that you can create different values for the warp when ''Copy values from weft''. is unchecked.
Preview a plaid
Step 20: Click on the link ''Repeat this plaid'' to preview the plaid as a tiling pattern.
Step 21: Click on the ''Close'' button on the top right to go back to the website.
Download the plaidStep 21: Click on ''Download this plaid'' to save it as a png file to your computer.
You can use this png file to import in Illustrator or any other graphic application.
Save the plaid values
Save the swatches and values of your plaid and load them later.
Step 22: Type a name at ''Plaid Library'' and click ''Save''.
A preview of the plaid including all swatches and values will be saved.
Loading a plaid you saved earlier
MEMBERS ONLY! Step 23: Anytime you log in to designersupport.nl under the same name again, and you browse to the Plaid Designer section, you will automaticly see your personal Plaid Library.
Find the plaid you want to use and click on ''load''.
This will load all the swatches and plaid values for that plaid.
Change color of an existing plaid
Step 24: Load earlier saved plaid values
Step 25: Click on a color preview icon
Step 26: Change the color
Step 27: Click on the round colored icon to finish.
Step 28: Change both red colors to blue colors...
Step 29: At ''Step 5. Create plaid'' click on ''Create''.
Voila! a re-colored plaid in a matter of seconds!
You can save the values as a new plaid if you like.
Overwrite existing plaid values
Step 30: Write the name of an existing plaid
Step 31: Check the box ''Overwrite existing''
Step 32: Click ''Save''.
Choose a binding
You can change the binding of a plaid at any time, also later, when the plaid is already finished.
Step 33: Load a plaid or create a plaid
Step 34: Click on ''Twill'' or ''Satin''
Step 35: Click on ''Create''.
Double the plaid's sizeStep 36: Choose 'Plain double', then click 'Create'.
This will double the size of the plaid.
Double the binding's size
Step 37: Choose 'Twill double' (or Satin double), then click 'Create'.
This will not only double the size of the plaid, but also it doubles the size of the binding.
Related items- Create a Color Swatch Library
- Import a picture to use as a pattern swatch