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Design with Me is a new regular feature on Cutting for Business! Each Friday, I’ll bring you a new Silhouette Studio tutorial featuring how to design an SVG.
Fall is the perfect time to break out plaid everything. So, let’s look at a Silhouette Studio Tutorial How to Create Plaid Patterns – from scratch!
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Silhouette Studio Tutorial: How to Create Plaid Patterns
- Draw a large rectangle.
2. Fill the rectangle with a color.
3. Draw a long, skinny rectangle. Fill that rectangle with a color.
4. Right click and select ‘Duplicate’ to make a copy. Do this several times so you have a number of copies.
5. Spread the copies out across the large rectangle.
6. Hold down the SHIFT key and select all the skinny rectangles. Then, navigate to ‘Object’, ‘Align’, and ‘Space Horizontally’. You’ll be left with perfectly spaced skinny rectangles.
7. Draw a skinny rectangle and place it to the right of the first skinny rectangle you made.
8. Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 to duplicate the rectangle, space the duplicates out, then use the align command to space them horizontally.
9. Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 several times until you are happy with the amount of vertical lines. Remember, it is your choice… you are the designer.
10. Select all the black rectangles. Then, navigate to ‘Panels’, then ‘Fill Color’.
11. Slide the transparency slider over to make them transparent. In this tutorial, I chose 60% transparency, but again, it’s your choice.
12. Now, draw a skinny rectangle that is horizontal instead of vertical.
13. Again, repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 multiple times to make more horizontal rectangles. Spread them out, then align them vertically.
14. Add more horizontally rectangles, remembering to space them vertically.
15. Select all the horizontal lines and again navigate to ‘Panels’, ‘Fill Color’. Slide the transparency slider over to the same amount you did with the vertical lines.
16. Voila! Instant plaid. Use it in a design, printable, or however else you’d like.
Don’t Forget to Save!
To save your new SVG creation, head to ‘File’, ‘Save As’, ‘Save to Hard Drive’, name the file, then select ‘SVG’ from the dropdown menu.
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Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.