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Tartan maker

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

I thought this was a fun little site, and couldn’t wait to share it with you. The application is super easy to use too! There are four slider bars, three color squares, and two styles of orientation.

I like to start off with the color squares. Click the color square next to each band slider and select the color you want that band of color to be. The square opens up into a color chart – so you can really customize the shades of the colors in your tartan.

Next, I like to move the sliders for the band size. Once you have all three sized, you’ll need to select the orientation (the direction) of the tartan’s pattern. All you have left to do now is decide what size yarn you want it to have. Switching up the sizes of the different slider bars can drastically change you design.

Once you’ve got everything set up the way you want it, click the words Make It on the example tartan. This will make a tartan with your settings. You can display it tiled like the example, or you can choose to go full screen. Going full screen is a great way to make a plaid background for website, or to get an idea of how your pattern would look as a background.

When you’re done designing, and have a finished product you like, click the Download button to save it to your computer.

I can think of lots of uses for this application. You could use it just for fun, or to try color combinations. Or you could even use it to make background for web page, icons, or even stationary. If you picked out funky fresh colors you could easily make neat stationary for a teenage girl!

I used lime green, hot pink, and black for the background on business-y cards for my sister. Basically they have all her personal information: name, e-mail address, contact information, et cetera that she’d need to give out to her friends, or clients.

What are you waiting for? Go make some nifty tartans!

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