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Polished Wood Text Effect

This tutorial will explain a simple way to create a polished wood like text effect, using layer to give the beveled look, and a couple of filters to create the texture.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 0:20 – 0:35

Resources

Step 1

Open the Background. image, and create the text using the color #ef9c00. The font used is Mabella, and the Size is 450 px.

Polished Wood TE step 1

Step 2

Double click the text layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #664d24
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 7
  • Distance : 16
  • Size : 10
Polished Wood TE step 2

– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #4c3a28
  • Size : 18
Polished Wood TE step 2

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Technique : Chisel Hard
  • Depth : 320
  • Direction : Down
  • Size : 20
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode – Color : #c8b18c
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #dfb99a
Polished Wood TE step 2

– Contour

  • Contour : Gaussian
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Polished Wood TE step 2

The text should look like this:

Polished Wood TE step 2

Step 3

Create a new layer on top of the text layer and call it texture.

Polished Wood TE step 3

Ctrl/Cmd + click the text layer’s thumbnail to create a selection.

Polished Wood TE step 3

Set the Foreground color to #ef9c00 and the Background color to #52443c. Make sure that the texture layer is selected, and fill the selection with the Foreground color.

Press Ctrl/Cmd + D to get rid of the selection.

Polished Wood TE step 3

Step 4

Go to Filter > Render > Fibers, set the Variance to 16, and the Strength to 4.

Polished Wood TE step 4
Polished Wood TE step 4

Go to Filter > Sketch > Chalk and Charcoal, change the Charcoal Area value to 6, the Chalk Area to 6, and the Stroke Pressure to 1.

Polished Wood TE step 4
Polished Wood TE step 4

Go to Filter > Sketch > Chrome, change the Detail value to 0, and the Smoothness to 10.

Polished Wood TE step 4
Polished Wood TE step 4

Change the texture layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light.

Polished Wood TE step 4

Go to Image > Adjustment > Levels, and change the Shadows value to 20.

Polished Wood TE step 4

This will make the texture colors more vivid..

Polished Wood TE step 4

Step 5

This step is optional, but it helps set the colors of the final effect with the Background. So go ahead and create a new layer on top of all layers, and with the Foreground and Background colors still as in Step 3, create a Radial Gradient form the center of the document to one of the corners.

Polished Wood TE step 5

Change the layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply, and the Fill value to 10%.

Polished Wood TE step 5

And that’s it!