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How to Create Buffalo Plaid

by Tanya McCarthy on January 02, 2020

Buffalo Plaid, also know as buffalo check, is one of those patterns that will never grow old. You can create your own patterns in Silhouette Studio and then utilize Photoshop, Photopea, or any other design program to create seamless patterns for use in your projects. I have created a video tutorial below, but you can also follow the walkthrough as well. 

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You can also buy the stencil if you'd like

Alright, let's get started. 

Open up a new workspace. 

Create a 2 by 2 square

Align to canvas and Replicate

Align your 2x2 square to the canvas in the top corner. You can use the replicate panel to replicate it across and down

Use Fill to Insert Colors

For this step you are going to create your pattern. The Buffalo Plaid pattern starts with a black square, then the darker color you want to use (in our case red) for the top row. Then repeat the same process with the second row, but start with the darker color and then add the base color next to it. You'll see that process below. 

Once you have your pattern, select the blocks and replicate down twice until you fill your 12 by 12 canvas. 

Now that the pattern is completed, save it as a JPEG and go to your web browser to open Photopea.

Create a new Project in Photopea

Open your Pattern in Photopea and resize for a Pattern Tile

In this step you are going to open your 12x12 pattern. Resize the image to 1200x1200 pixels and then define a new pattern. 

Edit your Image size to 1/3 the 12x12 canvas (or 3600 x 3600 pixels at 300 DPI) which would be 1200x1200 pixels. 

Once your image is resized, define it as a new pattern. 

Create a Pattern Overlay

Now you are going to go back to the new canvas we created and apply the new pattern onto the canvas. Click on the 'EFF' under the layers and choose pattern overlay. Find your pattern, click apply and you're done!!!

And that's all there is to it! You can use this method to create as many colors as you'd like. I'll be going through another method later to show you a simpler way by creating a pattern in Silhouette Studio again and apply that to your program. Very similar to the above, but a little quicker. 

Need help? Don't hesitate to drop a comment below! 

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