Make a Realistic Wood Texture in Photoshop
Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Enter the settings below, then press OK.
To begin to form the base for the wood grain, go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Use the settings below and press OK.
Now you need to make the grain a bit wavy like real wood. Go to Filters > Distort > Wave. Lower the scale to the values shown below so the waves aren't too overdone. Press OK.
Now to bring out the grain. Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask and crank that puppy all the way up to a 500 amount. Set the radius at 2.9. Press OK.
Hit Ctrl/Cmd+U to open the Hue/Saturation dialog box. Check the Colorize box, then set the hue for 22, the saturation for 53, and to get a more authentic wood color, pull the lightness a bit to the dark side. I chose -19. Press OK.
Not bad, huh? This is where most other tutorials finish. You could stop here, but let's go for the extra touch of realism.
Press the letter M to switch to the Rectangular Marquee and make a selection similar to the one below. In the Options bar at the top, set the feather to 10. Press OK.
Apply the wave filter again (Filter > Distort > Wave), making the adjustments as shown here:
Press OK and you'll see something like this:
See the nice random texture? Let's do it again. Make a selection as before, but this time on the bottom of the wood.
Now go to the filters menu and look at the top of the menu. The last applied filter is still there, so you can either click on it or just hit Ctrl/Cmd+F to reapply the wave filter.
The end result is much more realistic than what you usually see.
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