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Recreating Plaid in the Creator

Do you have a print that you would LOVE as a dress, skirt, quilt panel, pillow, etc., but maybe the colors aren’t quite right for your style or the fabric base really isn’t great for that type of project you’re working on? Well let’s recreate a similar print together and have it printed on any of the 28 fabrics we have to offer at  MyFabricDesigns!

Evaluating the Original Print

You will need to have a swatch of the original fabric to reference the different colors, sizing, spacing, etc. If you want to match the original print size of the design, then some simple measuring will need to be done for you to achieve that look.

First, we will need to find the repeat of the designs. A single repeat can be found by pinpointing one recognizable spot on your pattern and skimming the width of the fabric until you locate where the design starts again. For this plaid, we are going to measure from the most LEFT side of the black/grey stripe to the LEFT side of the next matching stripe. Repeat process to find both horizontal and vertical repeat measurements. (See photos below)



The Online Creator

To recreate this design, we will be using our FREE and easy to use Online Creator. With our Creator, you will be able to produce seamless repeat designs without the need for complicated photo editing software! The way the Creator works is that anything you place outside the dashed box outline is repeated on the opposite side of the workspace. You can see the repeat as a greyed-out version of the original image, this is a great reference tool to have as you are creating your prints.


What tools we will be using in the creator

On Keyboard:

  • CTRL + C        To Copy a selected image
  • CTRL + V        To Paste a copy of the image

In Creator:

  • Pattern: to adjust the size of your workspace to reflect the size of your pattern repeat and to add a background color
  • Select:   to click and drag images around the workspace, and for resizing.
  • Zoom:   to magnify certain areas of your workspace
  • Pan:       to move your Canvas/Workspace to better view a certain area. NOTE: if PAN if selected, you will NOT be able to edit any of your images until “Select” mode is chosen.
  • Fit:         if zoomed into a particular area and you would like to zoom out to see your entire design, click this button
  • Align:    when multiple images are selected, you can use the options in this menu to have them line up across the top, bottom or center point of the images.
  • Arrange: allows certain images to either be on top or bottom of other images. You can also group images together to be ONE image.
  • Add:      these are your drawing tools. You can freehand draw, draw straight-sided shapes, squares, rectangles, circles, or add text and images from your computer.
  • Edit:      Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete Images in the workspace. Flip and Rotate images. You can also edit shapes you have drawn using the Shape tool.
    • Shape– Drawing custom shapes using points (or nodes)

Setting up your workspace

  1. Open Creator
  2. Click on the Pattern button
  3. Insert the width and height of your repeat
    1. For this pattern, 3.3″ Wide by 3.38 Height 
  4. Change the background color of your image. We used the Color Matrix/Guide, to help chose the best color for our project. Use the color code under the selected color chip & type this into the color tool. NOTE: what is seen on the screen is not a good representation of what is printed. Color Guides & Color Matrix’s are printed on fabric and mailed to you so you will have a better reference of how the color will look on the fabric itself.  
  5.  Once done, click Apply.






Re-Creating your print

  1. Using the Add→Rectangle tool, begin drawing the lines associated with your plaid. We took measurements of how thick(wide) each line is and how far apart they were. NOTE: Some lines will be too thin to measure so you will have to use your own judgement when adjusting the thickness of these lines.
    1. Start by drawing in all vertical lines and adjusting them to size.
      1. Our vertical lines will have a height of 3.38″ by:  3/4″, 1/8″ and thinner line (un-measurable but a thin line will do)
        1. When you Add→Rectangle you to your workspace, you will have the option to type in the desired measurements. Simply click the Green Gear/Cog in the upper left-hand corner, while your rectangle/square is selected. A menu will open to type in your width and height for your lines. Ex. our Black lines are 0.75″ wide by 3.38″ height
        2. Repeat for all vertical line
        3. Using the ruler at the top of the workspace, space your lines out appropriately
  2. Once done with the sizing and spacing of your vertical lines, you will duplicate and rotate these lines to become your horizontal line.
    1. Left click & drag your mouse from the top left corner of the page and drag to the bottom right hand corner of the page to select ALL objects in the workspace. When doing this you will see a blue box appear, this will let you know what is being selected.
    2. Go to Edit→Copy, then Edit→Paste
      1. Now you will have an exact duplicate of the lines you just created
    3. To rotate your lines, go to Edit→Rotate Right
  3. Once you have all your lines in place, you can use the Opacity option to adjust the transparency of your designs if needed. Where lines overlap, you can see how the stacked colors results in dark cross sections seen in the plaid. We tried several different opacity percentages but ultimately liked the colors and intensity shown at 60% opacity for this design.
    1. Drag a selection box around ALL your lines, and click the Green Gear/Cog
      1. You will see the option to adjust your Opacity here, just type in different percentages until you achieve the look you going for.

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial for our Online Creator and using it to recreate plaids. If plaids aren’t what you’re needing now, see what else you can make in the Online Creator using our FREE built in clip art or check out our Blog and YouTube for more inspiring tutorials!

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