A few days ago I was experimenting with plaid or gingham patterns in Illustrator for a Christmas cartoon I was making. It was a fascinating experience to see how simple it was to make a basic plaid pattern and then with just the additions of a few lines of varied widths, it transformed into an intricate, woven plaid pattern that would do any textile maker proud.
Today I will show you how to make a very basic seamless plaid pattern in Illustrator in just one minute. I guarantee that you will be itching to make more and experiment once you make this. It can be quite addictive. It is also a wonderful way to build up your own personal design stash.
In Illustrator, open a new document. With Stroke set to null and Fill set to a color of your choice, click on the Rectangle Tool and then on your artboard. In the box that opens opt for "1 inch" for both height and width.
Go to Object>Transform>Transform Each. Just scale Horizontal Width to 50% and click on "Copy". Fill this rectangle with another color of your choice and set opacity to 50%.
Making sure this new rectangle is selected, Go to Object>Transform>Rotate. Rotate by an angle of 90o and click on "Copy". Set opacity of this horizontal rectangle to 20%.
Select All[Cmd A in Mac/Ctrl A in PC]. Drag into the Swatch Palette. Now using this swatch as the "Fill", fill up any shape you want with the seamless pattern you just created.
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