Photoshop Quick Tip : How to Create a Custom Wood Texture

I’ve decided to create a small series of Photoshop Quick Tips dedicated to ease the workflow of everyday designers, by showing some quick and rapid techniques taking full advantage of the software features.

Wooden Textures on the Fly

What we’ll be looking at in this Photoshop Quick Tip, is the creation of a simple, yet adaptable, wood texture to use and re-use throughout all your projects requiring that warm wooden touch.

Step 1

Photoshop Quick Tip - Wood Texture Step 1

First open Photoshop and create a document with the dimensions of your liking. I chose 900px by 600px for practicality, but it really doesn’t matter much. Create a new layer and fill the canvas with a classic brown color. A hex value of #845221 should do the trick.

Step 2

Photoshop Quick Tip - Wood Texture Step 2

Now let’s add some noise using Filter–>Noise–>Gaussian Noise. Make sure to select the Monochromatic check box. Add enough noise for a strong effect, a value of 15% did it for me.

Step 3

Photoshop Quick Tip - Wood Texture Step 3

With the current layer selected, run Filter–>Render–>Clouds. Now use Edit–>Fade Clouds and reduce the opacity to around 25%.

Step 4

Photoshop Quick Tip - Wood Texture Step 4

For a more natural grain on the final step, use Filter–>Blur–>Motion Blur and apply a vertical blur of around 12px.

Step 5

Photoshop Quick Tip - Wood Texture Step 5

Finally use Filter–>Distort–>Wave to finalize the effect. Use similar settings as the ones shown on the screenshot, and make sure that the Sine and Wrap Around check boxes are ticked. Experiment with the Wavelength settings and Randomize button, and keep trying it out until you get a decent effect.

Final Result

Photoshop Quick Tip - Wood Texture Final Result

The end result is pretty convincing, and with a little variation in Hues and contrast, you can obtain the exact tone you’re searching for in mere minutes. Just check out the picture below if you don’t believe me.

Photoshop Quick Tip - Wood Texture Hue Previews

Hope you enjoyed the first of the series and I’ll see you next time.

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