PSP: Creating Realistic Wood 1

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This tutorial explores one way to create realistic weathered wood textures.

bupaje on 8:32PM Mon, 28 July 2003

Creating Wood Grain

I created the above group of planks using the techniques I am going to outline here; hopefully even with the jpeg compression you'll agree that they aren't bad.

Let's start by building one plank. For this example I'll start with a 512x512 image because of file upload limitations but when you make your own wood you may want to keep my tip in mind and make it bigger.

Basic Technique

1. Create a new image 512 x 512 with a black background.

2. Select EFFECTS: NOISE: ADD and set it to 50% Random Noise.

3. Select EFFECTS: BLUR: MOTION BLUR and set the angle for the direction of the grain and the blur to 40 pixels.

[Note: In PSP7 the maximum motion blur was 40 pixels. When I tried the PSP8 demo I note that the new motion blur leaves some 'stretched' lines the last 10 pixels or so of the blur. If you have this problem create your images a little bigger -say 16 pixels on each side so that after you create the image you can crop off the edges.]

4. Convert the image to grayscale COLORS: GREY SCALE to wash out the colors and then convert it back to full color (unless you like rainbow wood) COLORS: INCREASE COLOR DEPTH: 24 bit; then resize it to Height: 64, Width: 512.

5. Select COLORS: HISTOGRAM FUNCTIONS: EQUALIZE and you have your basic wood pattern. Later in this tutorial I'll show you some ways to improve the grain further and add more character.

A quick tip right at the out set....if you are going to go through all effort of creating some detailed wood planks make them a bit bigger than you need to increase reusability. For example if I want to make a crate 512 pixels wide I actually prefer to make the planks 1024; then I can use them to make other wooden items and by repositioning them and changing the color layer I make it less likely that people will say "Hey this bozo used the same plank on the door, floor and chest!"

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