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I was creating a collage with a picture of a table and wanted to find some wood to collage. After a long search, I finally decided to create my own. Here are the instructions to create your own wood using Paint.net and a Video that will show you how .  You can watch a video here: 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTcdqbGMwWU
1. Create a new image 8 wide by 14 inches tall. You can vary the image, you will just want to make sure it is taller than wide as you will be stretching the image width wise for the final image.
2. Fill in the background with black.

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3. Use the gradient tool to create random bubbles on the background. Note the settings for the colors in the dialog. Note that the secondary color black is transparent.

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4. From the File menu, select Effects>Render>Clouds to create more irregular shapes.

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5. From the File menu, select Effects>Render>Bars to create the grain of the wood.

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6. From the Adjustments menu, select Posterize to create the growth rings in the wood.

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7. From the Effects menu, select Photo>High Pass to create the final wood effect.

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8. From the Image Menu, select Canvas Size to resize the canvas so that you can stretch the image so that it will appear more like natural wood. You will want to stretch the current image about 4 times the current width for it to look nice. So if you followed the instructions so far, increase the width to 32 and stretch the existing image to the canvas size.

 


9. Now it is time to color the wood. From the Layers menu, select Add layer. Fill that layer with a color of your choice. Orange works for a standard wood color. It will completely fill the layer that is okay.

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10. Adjust the layer properties, try the multiple, color burn, reflect and xor settings to see different effects.

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11. Save your work! You are done! You now have your wood!

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Nice result

 

Clouds and then Height Field to Normal Map plugin can also give growth rings.  

 

You may want to link to all the plugins  :)

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DrewDale... where was that when I searched the forum for wood?  That would have saved me a lot of time... I would not have bothered... Oh well... WelshBlue I added the URL to the plugins... Cheers.

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DrewDale... where was that when I searched the forum for wood?  That would have saved me a lot of time... I would not have bothered... Oh well... WelshBlue I added the URL to the plugins... Cheers.

What I mean is my image is what I made using your tutorial, I just added a variation to the end result :)

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Nice tutorial dd. I like the idea  of posterizing to get the growth rings. Never would have thought of that. Here is my effort . Didn`t do very well with the inset text but I was mainly concentrating on the wood anyway - 

 

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... WelshBlue I added the URL to the plugins... Cheers.

Which I have removed.  The site you linked to illegally bundles plugins against the wishes of the plugin authors.  This is piracy and theft.

 

The ONLY safe place to download plugins is this forum.  To download from anywhere else is to risk installing malware, spyware and viruses.

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Right on EER & Goonfella. 

Also I'm  under the impression rule#6 here http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/12138-tutorial-forum-posting-guidelines-update-030209/ was still relevant?  

As use-able as this tute is. (I know it will help me out)

 

(please note; I'm not trying to put down the OP on here) :)

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Goon fella, the YouTube is working. I have tested on windows and Mac. EER did not know that as the terms said it was open source. I will now load plugins from this forum then.

Troll what is your point you want to throw good content off the board just because I have never posted? I use this forum all of the time for help.

I do not believe this is repeated content.

I thought it helpful to others.

I took significant time to figure it out, write it well and produce a video.

Is this community really that ungrateful and bullying?

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EER did not know that as the terms said it was open source.

 

Open source - no.  Paint.NET is not open source.  Neither are plugins released here on the forum.

 

I will now load plugins from this forum then.

Excellent idea!

 

Troll what is your point you want to throw good content off the board just because I have never posted? I use this forum all of the time for help. I do not believe this is repeated content. I thought it helpful to others. I took significant time to figure it out, write it well and produce a video. Is this community really that ungrateful and bullying?

Relax and reread the bit where nitenurse79 said

(please note; I'm not trying to put down the OP on here)

If your tutorial was unworthy I would have locked it and told you why.

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Thanks DD. When you say carve wood I assume you mean inset text or something.

 

Goon fella, the YouTube is working. I have tested on windows and Mac.

 

The video may be working but the link does not. I still just get a blank page when I click on it.

 

Nitenurse only mentioned rule #6 because there is often people new to PDN who join the forum and post tutorials that are of little use . Yours is the exception of course, it will be very useful and introduces new techniques that are not seen elsewhere - which are what tuts are all about. So I wouldn`t worry too much if I were you.

 

(this forum is adding text that I did not write!  This -  <Family-friendly forum.>ume  was NOT in the post I wrote! )

 

 

 

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Woah ... wood is such a calming texture, unless someone hits you across the head with a 4 by 2 ... ( btw shouldn't this be moved to textures ?)

 

you'd honestly save time if you rendered clouds @ about 880 scale and 20 roughness then used Heightfield to Normal Map for the rings as I said above.   Saves using the radial gradient steps, adding clouds then posteurizing 

 

... but hey horses for courses.  As someone who loves wood and made tonnes of it pdn wise over the years I think this is a nice result.  

Okay I still prefer the way as shown in my tut'  but this is a great way for quick wood which gives believable results

 

... and no-one shout @ me ... this has taken ages to type 

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I think you have a point there Welshy - it is a texture so should be in the texture section really. (and I wouldn`t dare shout at you! :D  )

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I did ?  Screen proof says different mate  :evillaugh:   I seriously cannot use the mouse left-handed.  Like a chimp on speed ... 

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 Very cool wood :-)

Thanks deedeec102, my original plan was to have the lettering carved instead of embossed, but As always with my work, nothing ever goes to plan :lol:

Once again, a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing :)

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