wood texture tutorial
written by Omer Afacan
Begin by picking a bright brown color (Red 255, Green 152, Blue 61). Color selection is crucial in this tutorial since it provides the realism. Fill the first layer with your brown color.
To fill an entire layer with the current color, use "Process L" (Hotkey: Shift+P).
Add some noise (25%) and then apply the extrude filter (Amount 50%, Offset 1)
Swicth to the second layer. Pick a dark brown (Red 204, Green 100, Blue 0) or another color you prefer. Draw ellipses similar using the circle tool (Size 8-10, Smooth 0%). They should all share the same center.
Now select the smudge tool (Size 100, Pressure 25%, Spacing 25%). Apply smudge onto the ellipses, slowly moving from below to above the image.
Merge second layer with first layer. Cut a rectangle from the smudged image and paste it to the 3rd layer as shown in the image.
Use the pick brush tool (Hotkey: B) to get a copy and then paste it using left mouse button.
Then tile the 3rd layer with this rectangle. Tiling must be in harmonious manner. Otherwise the edges of the rectangles will be easily spotted.
Pick pen as brush type. Apply smudge using the same as teqnique as previous. The aim of this smudge is to hide the edges of the rectangles and to give the final shape of the veins of the wood.
Smudge more until the shapes of ellipses look like the veins of a wooden board.
The image is now ready to use as a texture. But if you want to use it as a beckground it would be a good idea to give it a little more life. Read on to see how! But we continue to work on it to give it more life.
Select the draw tool and pick the brigthness processor. Add brightness to where you want to see light reflection (Size:200 Smooth 100% pressure 100% Amount 10%).
Now add darkness to the diagonal edges of the image as much as you prefer. Use the same propertie as before, only press the right mouse button instead to use the darkness processor!
Click here to see a the image at full size.
To finalize the image you might want to paste a logotype on another layer. You can read the button tutorials to see how to create a nice logo.
You can also use "color mixer" and "levels" to change the overall appearance of the wood.
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