Search By Colour
This is an extremely useful function if you're trying to identify a tartan. Just start at any point in the tartan and make a note of the colours in the order in which they appear - perhaps make a note of half a dozen to start with. Then click Search and see what appears!
You can choose the colours either by clicking on the colour boxes provided or typing in one of the colour codes which are as follows: Blue - B. Red - R. Yellow or Gold - Y. Green - G. Orange - O. White - W. Purple - P. The only odd ones are Black which is K. Grey which is N (for Neutral) and Brown which is T (for tan).
The search system doesn't need to differentiate between shades of colours so if you had a tartan with medium blue, light blue medium blue, dark blue in that sequence you would type in BBBB.
Sometimes you may come across a colour in a tartan that you can't easily identify. If that occurs, you can use the very powerful wild card of the question mark - ? Just type that in place of the unknown colour. You can experiment with a tartan that you know to see how many colours you can replace with the ? before the choice offered to you is too large to handle.
The more colours you type in, the more specific is your search. Equally, the less you type in, the greater the choice the system will offer you. As an example, if you type in R you would get almost 3,000 tartans. If you type in RB you would get 1200. RBK would give you 298. RBKW gives 26. RBKWG produces 4 which is telling you that out of some 4,300 tartans in the database there are only 4 which contain a colour sequence of Red, Blue, Black, White and Green.
If you have problems deciding what colour is next in the sequence, it might help if you read the following. Tartans are composed of lines and bands of colour that cross each other at right angles. It's an irrefutable fact that solid colours are created only where the same coloured lines or bands cross each other. Where they cross another colour, they produce a shade made up of the two.
It's that characteristic that gives tartan its unique visual appeal. It's also a rule that solid colours can only touch each other at the corners - look at any tartan and you'll see what we mean. So if identifying the next colour is a problem, look diagonally to find what solid colour comes next and you'll have solved the quandary.