Use Layer Style Effects to create a beautiful wooden texture in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to use Layer Style Effects to create a beautiful wooden texture.

Layer Style Effects is an easy way to add depth to your textures, and makes it easy to create good artwork.

You will learn to use the following Layer Styles: bevel & pillow emboss, drop shadow, and inner glow. These effects are applied to patterns in different layers to create a realistic texture.

You will also see how the Pen tool in Photoshop is used to make complex patterns with nice curves.

What Layer Style Effects you will learn to use in this Photoshop tutorial:

>> Bevel & Emboss

>> Pillow Emboss

>> Drop Shadow

>> Inner Glow

You will also learn how to use:

>> Work Paths

>> Layer Masking

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Left and Right Panels

Download the PhotoshopPSD file above.

Unzip it. Now you can open this in Photoshop. From these two layers we will create all the other layers. The WoodBase is lighter than the Template image so shadows show up better.

 

Create a new layer called LeftRightPanels. Put it above the WoodBase layer.

 

Go to View on the menu and make sure Snap as well as Snap To Grid is checked. Now we can use the Marquee selection tool to make a selection for the left panel.

 

Activate the WoodBase layer. From the Menu, go to Copy.

 

 

Go back to the LeftRightPanels layer and go to Menu and Paste. You will see that the texture is pasted into the selection.

 

Create the same selection to the right side. Make sure WoodBase is active. Do the same thing as before…go to Menu and Copy. Then go to Menu and Paste into the selection.

 

Next, we will add Layer Style Effects. On the Menu go to Layer / Layer Style / Bevel & Emboss. Style=Inner Bevel, Size=10, Angle=120 degrees.

 

Add an Inner Glow. Size 10.

 

Add a Drop Shadow.

 

Pillow Embossed

Create a new layer, call it EmbossedKnobs.

Turn on the picture layer, and the Grid. Make sure Snap is on. On the tool bar choose the Elliptical selection tool. Hold Shift key and draw a group of circle selections over the areas shown below on the picture.

 

Activate the WoodBase layer and go to Menu and Copy.

 

Now activate the EmbossedKnobs layer. Go back to Menu and Paste the texture into the circle selections. Follow the same steps on the right side.

On the Menu go to Layer / Layer Style / Bevel & Emboss. Style=Pillow Emboss, Size=8.

 

Create the Pattern

Turn on the picture layer. Zoom in to the top pattern. On the tool bar, select the Pen tool.

Draw a rough outline of the pattern consisting of only six line segments.

Press and hold the Ctrl key to move the points around.

 

On the tool bar right click the Pen tool and select the Convert Point tool.

Now go to each point on your pattern and click and drag out more points that will curve the line segments to match the background.

 

Go back to the Pen tool and scroll the image down. Do the same thing as before, draw a rough outline of the background pattern. Now back to the Convert Point tool to make the curves.

 

Create a new layer for the Pen outlines. Call it Pattern. Create a Duplicate of the Pattern layer. Go to the Paths tab. There you have the pattern you just made.

 

On the copy layer, right click Work Path, and choose Make Selection. On the Menu go to Select Inverse.

 

Go back to the Layers tab and click WoodBase. From the menu go to Edit / Copy.

 

Then back to the Pattern copy layer and Edit / Paste. Use the Rectangular tool to select and Delete the right half of the texture.

 

Click Work Path and go to Edit /Transform Path / Flip Horizontal.

 

Right click Work Path, and go to Make selection. Drag the selection to the right side.

 

Go to Select Inverse. Go to the WoodBase layer, then Edit / Copy. Back to the Pattern layer and Edit / Paste. Then use the Rectangular tool to select and Delete the left half of the texture.

 

Merge the copy down onto thePattern layer.

 

Right click Work Path and Delete, if it is still in the Image.

 

Layer Style Effects on the Pattern Layer

Next we will add Layer Style Effects.

On the Menu go to Layer / Layer Style / Bevel & Emboss. Style=Inner Bevel, Technique= Chisel Soft, Depth= 275%, Size=15, Soften=9.

 

Add a Drop Shadow.

 

Add an Inner Glow.

 

We have to add a Layer Mask to the Pattern layer. Go to Layer / Layer Mask / Hide All.

 

Double click the Effects button. Check Layer Mask Hides Effects. This will turn off Layer Effects on the Mask layer.

 

Use a large Pencil with a white foreground color.

Click the Mask layer, and draw where the patterns are to reveal them. Be careful not to expose more than is needed or the Pattern areas will overlap the bottom layers.

 

Draw the PanelKnobs

Create a new layer, PanelKnobs, above the Pattern layer.

 

Turn the Template background picture on, and zoom in.

 

Go to Pen on the toolbar and start making a rough shape. Press and hold CTRL key to move a point.

 

In Pen mode press and hold ALT on keyboard and start pulling out the points to shape the curve of the line segments.

 

Double click the foreground swatch and change it to a bronze color.

In Pen mode, right click the image and go to “Fill Path.” The Fill Path box pops up. Use the foreground color to fill in the PanelKnobs.

 

In Pen mode, right click the image and go to Delete Path. Turn off the Template layer.

 

Go to the Rectangular selection and make a selection. On the Menu go to Copy. Move the selection to the bottom left. Now back to Menu to Paste.

 

After pasting, a new layer is created called Layer 1.

 

This is for Layer 1. On the Menu go to Edit / Transform / Rotate. Rotate and move it until it mirrors the other half.

 

Merge Layer 1 down.

 

Make a another selection. Go to Menu, Edit / Copy. Move the selection over to the right and go to Menu, Edit / Paste.

 

This is for the new Layer 1. On the Menu go to Edit / Transform / Flip Horizontal. Rotate and Move it until it mirrors the left side. Merge Down layer 1.

 

Bevel the PanelKnobs

Go to Menu, Layer / Layer Style / Bevel & Emboss. Style=Inner Bevel, Size=8.

 

Double click the Effects under the PanelKnobs layer, and check Drop Shadow. Distance=18, Size=5.

 

Final Photoshop image.

 

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