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Plaid Tutorial by Tetiel Plaid Tutorial by Tetiel
A couple people have requested this tutorial and I figured, hey, why not help out. Let me know if you don't understand something. I'm sure it's a bit confusing but it's difficult to explain some things especially if people may not know how to use photoshop well. I did my best ^^;

UPDATE: OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG DD THANK YOU SO MUCH I'm so happy I could help so many people ;_;
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Given 2010-01-08
KikaiSaigono said "Plaid Tutorial by *Tetiel is a wonderful tutorial that explains one of the most complicated patterns to recreate in digital art: the feared plaid. Tetiel gives great step-by-step instructions that even a novice user of photoshop can use, and the end result is terrific." ( Suggested by KikaiSaigono and Featured by UnicornReality )
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Jaleenelox Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, this helped me a lot :heart:
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NarutoAndDeidaraRox Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you. You have no idea how badly I needed this omg
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Pinkedalink Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014   General Artist
Omg plaid is my very favorite thank you so much!!
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SketchyPencil326 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omigosh thank you sho much :D

I was trying to do plaids on Ferb's shirt, but I thought, it's gonna be hard to do. But then I stumbled upon your tutorial!

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CatherinEclipse Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is sooo helpful >w< omg thank you~
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for sharing!
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TheVoidKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO much for this! I was struggling so badly with plaid, and then I saw this, realized how easy it was, and facepalmed XD You made it so much simpler to do this: [link] than I had been trying to do XD
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Penlink Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
I was wondering how one of my friends was able to draw plaid artwork in her designs. Now I know why! XD

When you draw the plaid lines, do you draw with the brush tool or the pen tool?
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Tetiel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I use the pen tool. I know a lot of people probably say it's a nono, but I can't make very straight lines without it. Never have been able to xD
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Sarahbeth-Lazic Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh this is great!! I love plaid but never knew there was a tutorial for it!! Thank you!!!
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Tetiel Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I hope it helps :D
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Sarahbeth-Lazic Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh it does! :) Thank you!
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Kawaiibloodyvampire Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpfull and super cute! Thankyou <3
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bubblidreamz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so helpful <333
I was going to use a plaid pattern for my OC's plaid, but then I'm like, "Aww, heck no. It would look totally unnatural."
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Tetiel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good choice! It often is! I've been able to use patterns so it looks natural, but if you're able to, I find it's always best to make your own. I'm glad to help out <3
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Illusorie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you, you've saved my sanity :D The plaid was making me go insaaane...
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Silly-Lady Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing!
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pinket Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
i love you
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falleninto Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
how do you make the pretty rainbow color like this [link] the hair you did some thing how and what do you use?
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RenegadeHeated Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
OMG that is sooo cute! Now even I can do that! Thank you for this great and helpful tutorial! <333
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Power-Excelsior Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you
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Cresselia2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
I've never been able to draw plaid even though I'm Scottish. Thanks so much! <3
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KennedyNaomie Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Nu nu.Thank chu. :3
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Hoshihime Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
I'm sure it will be really helpful to me in the future! Thanks!♥
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MaruChiku Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Wow, that's so handy, thank you!
I'm going to use this if I ever need to do plaids.
Oh, I have a question too! Would you suggest dropping the opacity of the plaid layer, or dropping the opacity of the brush? Or does it matter?
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Tetiel Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Opacity of the actual layer has always just been easier for me. That way you can adjust things after the fact :p
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MaruChiku Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Ohh, that makes sense.
Thank you!
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chorvaqueen Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A bit nitpicking though, (maybe it's my screen), I find the plaid design standing out too much that it doesn't look that natural. Maybe it's because of some illusion created by the background and well, the choice of cloth color.


But overall, it's a good tutorial but it does need perseverance.
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Tetiel Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The background does make it pop out for sure because it's neutral. It could also be MY screen that I work on, actually. I'm always working on my laptop which has caused people with probably better monitors to say my colors look odd. For example, some of my blacks have looked green to them xD But to be honest, I think it's the fabric color I chose in the first place. I tend to color a little too saturated sometimes.
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chorvaqueen Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All I could say is it somehow emulates a glossy plastic finish, like those skirts you get when you buy a barbie doll =)) Hey, they are hawt!
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spring-sky Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful!!

Plaids need alot of work but give a nice proffesional touch

Thanks for the help.

and :iconcongratssignplz: for the DD
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TimeLadyVIII Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! :D
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Luminc Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
Although it's quite logical, I referenced your tutorial. [link]
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Tetiel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad to help :D
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lledra Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you did an amazing job on this.
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Wovstah Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial!
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KittyStardraco Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
this is really helpfull
thanks for shareing
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marshmallowtoy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
totally deserved the DD, one of the best tutorials I've ever seen, very clear concise making something that a lot of people have trouble with simple ^_^
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Tetiel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much <3
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JonnyPyro Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
I love all of your tuts that you just flooded my inbox with cuz of the tutorial club. In fact, I forwarded them to my digital art group forum from school.
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Tetiel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks :D
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Maxi-knows-2-much Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
I am a bit confused sorry^^
So what do you actually do to get the lines one the skirt?
Do you take the photo as a reference and then you draw in the lines, or what is the secret here?
Never heard of this plaid-stuff :P
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Tetiel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no, you do them on a completely different layer. Each line is on a different layer. The horizontal lines are on a different layer than the vertical lines for example. As far as plaid I don't use a photo as a reference because plaid has a generic box pattern so it's not too complicated. Haha, just time consuming xD
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Maxi-knows-2-much Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Ok, so you draw each line yourself??
Because at first I thought that you somehow merge the photo into your artwork :P
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Tetiel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, no. I was just showing the example of what plaid looks like with the photo. I draw each line myself because otherwise you wouldn't be able to incorporate the folds naturally.
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Maxi-knows-2-much Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
that's what I was wondering about^^ would be cool if such a trick exists :P

nice work on the tutorial ;)
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Houkou-NRL Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
I instantly love you for this. There's nothing quite like a pattern that actually follows the fabric. You see drawings, and I find especially in graphic novels, you see "cheap" plaids, stuff that's just put slapped onto the whole article of clothing in question. Stuff like this is wonderful though.

I've never managed to pull of anything plaid-like in any sort of past attempt, at least not very well. I think my biggest problem is probably the fact that I'm simply not very good at drawing parallel lines. Any tips on how I might be able to get better at that? Plaid's always quite nice, and I wouldn't at all mind using such patterns a bit here and there when I draw stuff.
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Tetiel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I totally know what you mean. I think it's much easier to slap it on though xD Too much work to do it on every page. Well with parallel lines I cheat a little. I use the pen tool to basically "draft" it and I'm able to move them really easily if it doesn't look right.
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Caramel-Jane Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
This is fantastic! Clear, simple, cuts straight to the point ... I like it!! :D
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maffy-pop Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Student General Artist
DUDE teti, congrats on the DD! <33
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