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a-e-mag.com • printwearmag.com Spring 2020 • The Sublimation Report 11 CREATING A BUFFALO CHECK PATTERN You can search around and purchase a commercial-use version of the buffalo check pattern, take a chance and download a free version (hopefully sans virus), or make your own. I'm going to show you how to create one. This basic method for creating the pat- tern in Adobe Illustrator can also be applied to CorelDRAW. Step One: We'll begin with a new file that is 12-by-12 inches in dimension. In your colors on the tool bar, select black for the fill and the stroke to be empty (with the red diagonal line). Select the Rectangle Shape tool, then click on the page for the window dimensions to pop up. Type in 1" for the width and 1" for the height, or if you are working in pixels, try 75-by-75 px size. This square should be filled with black and have no stroke on it. Step Two: Now we are going to make two copies of this box to form an upside down capital L shape. Hold down the shift + alt keys to drag to the right of the other box. This should line up exactly on the top and between the boxes. You can use the Align function to double check by selecting boxes, then click on the Line Up at Top icon (it's two boxes with a line at the top), the icon that shows the two shapes touching each other horizontally. Step Three: Now we'll add in our third box. Select box one, hold down your key combo again to copy, and drag a copy of it down so they are right on top of one another. Again, you can double check with the Alignment function. Once you have your three boxes, change the transparency of two of the boxes. Have your Black Arrow (general selection tool from the main tool bar) selected, and from the top menu of Windows, go way down to the bottom to find Transparency: Windows>Transparency. A new window should now be open. Select the second- and third-created boxes and lower the opacity This is what the final pattern you can now create will look like. Let's begin with a few squares to get started. Creating a new Swatch can be easy.

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