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Make a simple texture from scratch. Requires Photoshop!

Posted by Sallycin on Jan 2nd, 2007
Basic Textures.


I'm going to show you how to make a simple wood texture from scratch in Adobe Photoshop. Lets begin...

Start a new document with a canvas size that is a power of 4 (256, 512, 1024,). I usually make mine 1024 x 1024px, so I can resize it later without losing too much quality. Fill Layer one with white.

Now we are going to use then noise tool to create speckles all over the canvas. Navigate to Filters > Noise > Add Noise..., and apply the filter with these settings:

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Next, we are going to blur the noise to create the wood texture. Navigate to Filter > Blur> Motion Blur..., and apply the filter with these setting:

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NOTE: Feel free to adjust these settings to change the density of the grain.

The Canvas should now look somewhat like this:

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You will notice that the grain on the sides is much thinner. To fix this simply select the regular middle area of the canvas, and then right click and hit "Free Transform." Using this, stretch out the middle area to cover up the sides.

Almost done now, just coloring and tweaking left. Bring up Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast. You are going to want to up the contrast to make the grains stand out. Adjust the brightness according to how bright you want the final wood texture to be.

Now, the final step, coloring. Open Image > Adjustments > Color Balance... and change the balance until you get a good woodish tone. You will want to just use red and yellow. That's it, I'd suggest tweaking setting for a while once finished to get a nice feel.

Your result should be similar to this:
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Thanks for reading, and I hope it helped at least a bit.

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Arxae Jan 4 2007 says:

ah, the good old basics of photoshop :p
nicely done :)

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SixAce Jan 7 2007 says:

NIce one :D Thanx, helped me out ;)

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mikewood Jan 23 2007 says:

Looks nothing like wood to me..

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Sallycin Jan 24 2007 says:

Errm... thanks :P

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xXxHieroxXx Feb 8 2007 says:

Looks like plywood. To be honest, its a decent wood. I sure am going to use it. easy yet effective.

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SLIPKNOT_512 Mar 28 2007 says:


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mookow Jun 27 2007 says:

awesome tut man! oh and for those of you who use the gimp like myself, you first have to use the render:checkerboard function from filters, then noise: spread then you use motion blur, to make it look more like a natural wood, decrease the blur length, and use distorts" Iwarp to make whorls and such. :D hope I was semi-helpful to

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Millenia Aug 29 2007 says:

Filters are a big no-no, you can't just beat the definition in hand-painted/photosourced wood.

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didadragonfly Dec 22 2007 says:

This is absolutely PERFECT!!

I recolor items for the Sims 2, and I always have to look for "wood" surfaces. Now I can make my own and not run into any copyright problems! Thank you ever so much for sharing this!

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-Zaerdna- Jun 15 2009 says:

It's cool, but how can i make it seamless?

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Shinobi^64 Feb 15 2013 says:

very nice


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