Ninique's Minidollz

Tutorials - Plaid Skirt

Someone requested me to make a tutorial for plaid skirts in Serif Photoplus. . . So I decided to make one. You can use this technique for any kind of pattern, not only plaid!

  1. Start by drawing the outline of the skirt in the darkest colour, making sure it is one pixel thick at all points. Don't forget the little folds at the bottom!

  2. Flood-fill the inside with the third colour, then select it with the magic wand. (I've hidden the dotted lines by going in Select>Show Marquee)

  3. If you read my sari tutorial, you know how to make folds. I will however freshen your mind: First draw the approximate location of the highlights and shading. . .

  4. . . . Then smudge them all up to make them look better.

  5. On a new layer named "plaid 1", draw the horizontal lines of the plaid pattern using a bright colour. (I've chosen bright green.) Notice that the lines that are closer to the bottom follow the curves of the bottom outline and that the ones at the top don't.

  6. Take the magic wand and select the green lines. Then delete the layer named "plaid 1" so that the selection is transferred onto the skirt.

  7. Go into Image>Adjust>Hue/Saturation/Lightness and check the Colourize checkbox. Play around with the Hue slider until you get a colour you like. Then click OK and press Ctrl+D on your keyboard to deselect

  8. Create a new layer named "plaid 2" and draw the horizontal lines of the plaid pattern. It may help you to use the line tool, but be sure to uncheck the Antialiased checkbox in tools properties.

  9. Select the green lines with the magic wand. Then delete the layer named "plaid 1" so that the selection is transferred onto the skirt.

  10. Go into Image>Adjust>Hue/Saturation/Lightness and check the Colourize checkbox. Play around with the Hue slider until you get a colour you like. Then click OK and press Ctrl+D on your keyboard to deselect

  11. You can repeat the operation with thinner lines, either horizontal or vertical

Final Result:

result doll

Here's the final doll. I wanted to give her a punk look so I added fishnets and boots.