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How to draw plaid

How to draw plaid with Illustrator

I will introduce how to draw plaid with Illustrator.

Plaid is a design that alternately lines up different coloured square shapes. Accordingly, it is possible to line up squares one by one to make plaid. However, that would take a lot of time and be extremely troublesome. Isn’t there an easier way to make a plaid pattern quickly?

This time, I will make plaid using the rectangle tool and pattern Using the rectangular grid tool, I will make 1 pattern and apply that as the background.

The method is very simple. Please take a look.

Step01 Select the rectangular grid tool

Select rectangular grid tool on the tool bar.

Step02 Rectangular grid tool options

Because the rectangular grid tool options are displayed, set them like in the picture above.

Step03 Apply the rectangular grid tool

The rectangular grid tool is applied.

However, because if it is left like this, it will remain as one object, separate it.

Step04 Separate the object

Select the object, open the path finder (Window→Path finder) panel, and click separate.

With the object separated again, click [Left click→Delete group]

The object has been separated into four!

Step05 Draw up plaid

Draw up plaid.

Like in the above picture, apply alternating fill and make a plaid pattern.

It is fine to choose a colour you like. For example, I set it to white (#FFFFFF) and black (#4D4D4D)

After setting the colour, please select all the objects and group them (Left click→group).

Step06 Set the plaid to pattern

Set the finished plaid pattern into a pattern.

Select the object and click [Edit→Pattern setting].

Step07 New swatch

Because the new swatch dialogue is open, enter any name. (It is fine to leave it at the initial value.)

Step08 The plaid is registered as a swatch

Please look at the swatch panel (Window→Swatch).

The finished plaid pattern has been registered as a swatch!

Step09 Apply the plaid to the background

Apply the plaid to the background.

Using the rectangle tool, draw a rectangle the same size as the art board.

Fill the drawn rectangle and click the finished plaid on the swatch panel.


Plaid has been applied to the background.

A pretty plaid background has been finished. By changing the size in the rectangular grid options in Step02, it is possible to make plaid with different sizes.

Also, by registering patterns as swatches, it is possible to make backgrounds with fixed patterns. This time, because these tips are extremely helpful for the creation of backgrounds, by all means, please try it once.

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