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By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Creating a simulated wood grain

If you’ve been following these Deke’s Techniques blog posts for a while, you know my favorite techniques are those that require nothing but Photoshop; that is, Deke takes a mixture of effects, smart objects, filters, and color information, and with no source material whatsoever, creates something that looks like something else. After watching this week’s episode, I know if I were stranded on a desert island (with Photoshop and a power supply for my laptop, of course) I would be able to create 100% synthetic, natural-looking wood purely from Photoshop (to go with my faux starscape and fake curtains created in previous weeks’ techniques.)

The fake woodgrain is created from a combination of the clouds, emboss, high pass, and noise filters, plus an adjustment layer or two, and a color overlay effect. After watching this week’s free movie, you will be able to create something like this:

Without a single pixel harmed or tree destroyed!

For lynda.com members, Deke has created another exclusive video inside the Deke’s Techniques course in which you’ll learn how to put several of these wooden slats together and carve a message into them. In fact, members can see the entire collection of Deke’s Techniques in the Online Training Library®, with plenty of great tips and tricks for creating your own world of real and imagined textures, words, and images.

See you next week, with another free technique from Deke.

Related links:Deke’s Techniques courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library® courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

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