Plaid may seem like a complicated pattern, but it is actually fun to create in GIMP. Here’s how you can create that print using your own choice of colors.
When GIMP has launched, create a new image by clicking on “File” and “New”. In the small pop-up window that would appear, change the image size to 600 x 600.
You can increase each image by clicking on it so you can easily see all settings used.
Now, click on the “Bucket Fill” tool. There are two ways to do this: go to the “Tools” tab, “Paint Tools”, then “Bucket Fill,
or go to the Tool icons at the left and click on the icon that looks like a bucket spilling some paint.
Click on the FG icon (shown black in the next image) to choose a color. Once you have chosen a color, get back to your image. Still using the “Bucket Fill” tool, click anywhere inside and the color will immediately be changed.
Now, go to the “Tools” tab, choose “Paint Tools”, and click on “Paintbrush”.
Another way to access the paintbrush tool is by clicking on the paintbrush icon.
At the tool options panel, choose the type of brush to use by clicking on the square button before where it says “Brush”. Choose the “Block 01” (symbolized by a thin, horizontal rectangle).
Also, change the size of your brush by clicking inside the bar and dragging it to the left or right. Remember that we’re aiming for a bigger brush.
Now, click on the FG icon again to choose the colors you want for your plaid pattern. After each color you choose, brush it onto your image, like this.
Now, go to the “Colors” tab, choose “Info”, and click on “Smooth Palette”.
In the small window that pops up, change the width and height to 300 x 50. Make sure that “px” is chosen. Click OK.
Leave that image for a moment and create a new image (File>New) with a 600 x 600 size. It doesn’t matter what color the image would be. Then go back to the striped pattern, click on the “Filters” tab, choose “Map”, then “Tile”.
When the Tile window opens, change the width and height to 600 x 100. Click on the chain beside the width and height fields, and make sure that it is unlinked. If it is linked, click on it to unlink them. Also, make sure that “px” is chosen and that the “Create a new image” option is checked.
A new image will open with a larger version of your striped pattern. Go to that image and copy it. You may right-click on the image, go to “Edit”, then “Copy”, or you could just press Ctrl C on your keyboard.
Paste the copied image into the new blank image and fill it up, making sure that the lines meet accurately.
When you are done, right-click on the Layer palette and click on “New Layer”.
In the small window, name the layer to make it easier for you to identify. Change the width and height to 600 x 600 and make sure that the Layer Fill Type is white. Click OK.
When the new layer opens, fill it up with the striped pattern again by copying and pasting it. When it is filled up, right-click on the image, click on “Layer”, then “Transform”, and choose “Rotate 90 clockwise”.
Go to the “Opacity” bar above the Layers palette, and adjust it until you get the plaid pattern that you desire (as shown on the left of the image).
Right-click on the new layer you created, and click on “Flatten Image” at the bottom. This will combine both images and remove all transparency, and to finally create one solid image.
You know have a plaid pattern! You may use this as a background for your digital scrapbooking or an added element, like what I did here using the Welcome to the World digital scrapbooking kit from Digidesignresort.com.
You can find the PDF Document here. Just click on the link and download the Printable to your Computer.