I needed to try out some wood textures for a possible up and coming project, so I set myself to work finding tutorials which would assist me in doing so. I found two good ones:
So, I had a play around, and created a hybrid version using the two tutorials as guides.
Here is my method (of course, huge credit goes to the two tutorials mentioned above!):
- Open up a nice big new canvas in Photoshop; it depends on how big you want the texture, but mine was 1000 x 1000px so I had a lot of space to play with.
- Set foreground colour to white and background colour to black.
- Go to Filter > Render > Clouds and you should see some rough cloud shapes, similar to below:
- Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and set the angle to vertical or horizontal, depending on which direction you’d like the wood grain to run (or even diagonal if you’d prefer), and the distance to 999px:
- Go to Filter > Brush Strokes > Accented Edges and set edge with to 2, edge brightness to 42 and smoothness to 4:
- Go to Filter > Artistic Filters > Dry Brush and set brush size to 2, brush detail to 9 and texture to 2:
- Go to Filter > Artistic Filters > Film Grain and set grain to 1, highlight area to 0 and intensity to 0:
- Choose the colour of your wood by going to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, set it to colorize and drag the sliders around to get the colour you require, then to improve the contrast, go to Image > Adjustments > Levels and adjust the sliders to your heart’s content. It’s probably a good idea to get a reference image for the wood type you are going for to get an accurate hue:
- Go to Filter > Liquify and use the turbulence tool to curve some of the lines:
- Still in liquify mode, use the bloat tool to expand any possible knot locations, then use the Twirl tool on that same area to create a swirled area for the knot. Again, for this step it is a good idea to get an image of the wood type you are aiming for to get the correct number and size of possible knots for a more realistic feel:
- Add a new layer and fill it with a darker colour from your range.
- Go to Filter > Render > Fibers with a variance of 28 and a strength of 50:
- Set the layer style to screen and reduce the opacity to about 10-15% so the fibre pattern adds extra texture to the wood:
- Erase parts of the fibre layer where the knots are: