Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Quick and Easy Plaid


This plaid is so quick and so easy to make, that you'll be able to whip out tons of it in no time flat!! This was one of those happy accidents that occur from time to time. I was playing around with the xero filters, moved the settings a bit, and voila, I had plaid!.

To make this plaid, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

Xero artifax filter. Xero now has 4 sets of freeware filters, and each and every one of them are fantastic (the artifax filter is in Set 2). You can download the filters here. Many thanks to Pete for providing such wonderful filters to the graphics community, and a big thanks for allowing me to use the artifax screenshot below.

A square graphic. You can use my image if you wish (just right click on it and save it to your computer), or use one of your own. The image you use to start with can be anything, as long as it's square (otherwise, your finished product won't be seamless).


Ok, ready, let's go!

Step 1. Open up whatever image you're using. If you've downloaded mine, open it up now.

By the way, I used this image as a pattern to make another tutorial (Fantasy Flower II). If you would like to try making it yourself, you will find the tutorial here.

Step 2. Open xero/artifax filter, and use the settings shown below.


Step 3. And voila, that's all there is to it!

And here are a few more examples of plaids made with this wonderful filter. Have fun with it, and let me know if you experience any problems. Hope you enjoy the tut!

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This tutorial was posted on November 1, 2003.
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