Simple Quick Plaids

Simple Plaid Tiles Sample

Created April 13, 2002 Copyright SuzShook
Made "Version-Independent" March 2009
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The other day, while working on a background tile tutorial, I happened to notice the wonderful plaid effect that occured when I used a gradient as a background! So, I thought I'd share this discovery with you in this quick and easy plaid tile tutorial!

I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 7, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!

Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:
  • Paint Shop Pro - any version. The latest version of PSP can be found at the Corel site HERE.

  • Simple Filters (4 Way Average and Quick Tile) - you can get these and all the Simple filters HERE.  ~ ~ Unzip into your Plugins folder.

  • In this tutorial, I used one of Nanson's wonderful gradients called Ice. You can find this one, and all Nanson's gradients HERE. ~ ~ Unzip into your Gradients folder.

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Ok, now we're ready to begin! Grab your mouse, and let's go create!

Remember to save often!

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Open a new image file, 300 x 300 pixels in size, with a transparent background.

Set your foreground style to Gradient and select Style=Linear Gradient, Angle=45, Repeats=3. Choose any gradient you want - the possibilities are endless! I chose Nanson's Ice gradient (mqc Ice).

A note here on the Repeats value - for this tutorial, I am using 3, but depending on the gradient you select, you may want to increase (or even decrease) this number. Remember, anything goes - this is YOUR plaid tile! I only offer guidelines to get you started!

Using the FLOOD FILL tool flood_fill tool, flood fill your image with your gradient.



The image needs to be sharpened to make a "crisp" plaid tile. I used Effects...Sharpen...Sharpen More, which I applied repeatedly until the image was really sharp. Again, you will have to experiment to find something you like.


Apply the Simple 4 Way Average filter by selecting Effects...Plug-in Filters...Simple...4 Way Average.

Sharpen again, this time using Effects...Sharpen...Unsharp Mask, with the following settings:

unsharp mask settings
Radius (8.00), Strength (46), Clipping (13)

As with the previous Sharpening, you may want to apply this effect repeatedly until you get something you're pleased with. Save.


Apply the Simple Quick Tile filter by selecting Effects...Plug-in Filters...Simple...Quick Tile, and that's it - you've got a plaid tile!

plaid tile final image

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Some interesting variations can be achieved by adding a colored layer above the plaid tile,
and changing the blend mode and/or opacity.
Here are several samples:
plaid variation 1
plaid variation 2
plaid variation 3
White layer added,
Blend Mode (Difference)
Light blue layer added,
Blend Mode (Multiply)
Light green layer added,
Blend Mode (Exclusion)

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Here are a few additional plaids I made using other gradients:
plaid tile 2
plaid tile 2
plaid tile 2
Nanson's Seaweed gradient
Nanson's Track gradient,
Repeats (1)
Nanson's Streak gradient

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Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it!

If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


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