I’ve found a fun Free online web tool that I want to share. This great little tool will create striped tiled designs easily by selecting a few choices in the Stripe Generator.
You can then download your striped creation and import it into your Silhouette Studio Pattern folder to use in your Silhouette designs.
The online App
First of all, go to the Stripe Generator and have a play. It looks like this
Use the sliders to change the Size, Spacing, Colour, and Styles. Add a shadow or change the background colours. You can even make them gradient or change the orientation of the stripes.
Just above the thumbnail image there’s a link to open a larger preview in a separate window.
Here’s an example I made with the maximum number of colours!
I used 5 different purple shades of purple stripes with minimal space between them, with a gradient background of purple and white.
I liked it enough to download it and add it to my Silhouette Pattern library but the beauty is, if a design you make doesn’t appeal, you can just keep changing things up until you get one you do like.
Each time you make a change, two curved arrows will appear over the thumbnail image, Click these to refresh the page to see the latest thumbnail.
Download your creation
Download the pattern. Go to the location of the downloaded file (My files are saved in the downloads Folder – you may have it set up differently) Open Silhouette Studio and open the Library. Look for a Folder or sub Folder that says “Patterns”. Mine was in my Local Users Folder. Minimize Silhouette Studio and drag the pattern directly from where ever it’s located into the “Patterns” Folder.
Using the pattern in Silhouette Studio
Use the pattern to fill your designs as you would any other pattern. The few I’ve experimented on have looked pretty good with a little tweaking in the advanced pattern tools.
Mostly I just rotate the angle of the stripes how I want them and adjust the Scale Pattern slider. The designs below are sized differently to show the different effects. Just stop the slider before the pattern goes fuzzy. You can see the 100% patterns on the Aqua and Red samples are a bit jagged and probably need scaling back.
See that square white line on the top middle row? Don’t be concerned. It’s because it’s a tiled pattern but when printed it will print uniformly without the tile edges/white gaps showing.