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Timber/Wood Texture – Mid-Tone Build

March 22, 2014

Here is the process used to create a timber/wood texture in Photoshop using the ‘mid-tone build’ approach. This approach consists of starting the texture by first blocking in a mid-tone, neutral colour of the timber/wood and then using light and dark variations of that same colour to detail and get closer to a realistic wooden texture. This whole process is a ‘monochromatic’ painting, meaning that only one colour/hue is used but with different shades/values. This texture was made using a Wacom pen and tablet.

To start the painting, a new document was created using the Photoshop A4 paper preset in landscape orientation. Next was to study the reference piece of timber I had and figure out the mid-tone colour of the timber. The particular type of timber I was using as a reference was ‘Oregon’ timber. Selecting the ‘paint bucket’ tool, I chose a colour which best represented the base colour of my timber which I was going to use to fill the background layer.

timberTexture_step01

step01

After filling in the background layer with the mid-tone, next was to use a slightly darker value of the initial mid-tone colour and start to paint in the wavy grains that were present in my reference. A new layer was created, and then using a custom brush created from a paint splotch image, I painted in the grains. The opacity of the brush was also changed to 30%.

timberTexture_step02

step02

I created another layer above the grain layer to add more detail to the grains using a ‘hard round brush’ at 30% opacity with a smaller brush size.

timberTexture_step03

step03

Another layer was then created above the previous layer and was used to paint in more darker values that were present on my timber reference.

timberTexture_step04

step04

The final layer was used to paint the lighter values of the timber which I used a ‘hard round brush’ along with a ‘soft round brush’ to do.

timberTexture_step05

step05

The above image is the final painting, however, through this exercise I was able to see that my painting and Photoshop skills need a lot more practice as I am not happy with the final result.

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