Plaid Generator Script

Copyright © August, 2003 SuzShook

dot   Script Summary:

The purpose of this script is to generate a plaid pattern from a gradient. Here's an example, using the Jasc Metallic Gold 02 gradient:

plaid from Metallic Gold 02 gradient

The script starts by asking the user to select a gradient to be used. This script will work with any gradient, but seems to work best on gradients with bold stripes and contrasting colors.

When the script produces the Material dialog panel:

  1. Click the Gradient tab.
  2. Select a gradient from the drop-down list.
  3. Choose Style: Linear.
  4. Choose Angle: 45.
  5. Choose Repeats: 3 - 7, whichever works best for you.

Note: Though most gradients work best with the Repeats set at from 3 to 7, there are some that work beautifully when left at 0 repeats. One example is Jasc's Metallic gold 01 gradient, which, with no repeats, generates this gorgeous plaid:

plaid from Metallic Gold 01 gradient

The plaid is generated by sharpening the gradient several times, applying the 4 Way Average filter, sharpening again with Unsharp Mask, and then creating a seamless tile using the Quick Tile Filter.

This script uses 2 of Sandy Blair's Simple Filters, the 4 Way Average filter and the Quick Tile filter. You can get these and all the Simple filters HERE.  ~ ~ Unzip into your Plugins folder.

I use many of Nanson's wonderful gradients for my plaids - you can find Nanson's gradients HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into your Gradients folder.

Here's an example using Nanson's Ice gradient (mqc Ice):

plaid from mqc Ice gradient

dot   Installation Instructions:

There are 2 versions of this script available in the download:

  1. ss-PlaidGenerator is for users without Filters Unlimited.
  2. ss-PlaidGenerator-FUn has been "FUn-ilized" for those users with Filters Unlimited.

Download the scripts - these scripts run from any Restricted folder, including their own Quick Guide folder.

dot   Change History:

  • 00 - original version
  • 01 - added code to reset pattern to none for those having pattern problem