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Scratched/carved text effect?


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I suggest you go explore the text effects tutorial section of this forum : http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/forum/23-text-effects/
You can also use this paint.net search : http://www.getpaint.net/search.html
To help, I'll go explore and do some searching too, then I will share a few links when I find some tutorials.
Here is at least one tutorial that I found : http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/14098-3d-engraved-text/

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Try this technique http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/28378-sand-text-how-to-write-on-sand/

Although written for writing in sand, it might give you a nice effect if applied over your woodgrain texture.

Pick a font with plenty of straight lines. I'm currently in love with the font "Rat Infested Mailbox" available here http://www.dafont.com/rat-infested-mailbox.font

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Nice EER, I was thinking of that same tutorial, seems you beat me to it for sharing it. :)

@ Alexo,
Here, these tutorials have text that have great texture to them, maybe you can learn something from them and then apply/merge a few techniques from various tutorials.
Grunge Text Effect http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/25416-make-3d-stone-text/
Rough Metal http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/27764-realistic-roughcast-metal/
Good wood with good grain texture http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/28081-wood-texture-with-realistic-grain-amendment-1/

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Another useful Yellowman tutorial for a deeper inset text is on youtube here:

(Pretty sure it's by Yellowman?)


Edit: changed the link to the one I meant (I'm sure you could find the 'inset text' one from the previous link though).

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OK, figured out how to do it manually


Start with layer #1: the wood texture background

Add layer #2: a copy of #1

Add layer #3: The text.  Black color, anti-aliasing off

Select text using magic wand, global, zero % tolerance

Switch to layer #2 and delete selection

Delete layer #3

Add new layer #3: a copy of layer #2

Select cut out text as above, then invert selection

Feather selection, 1 pixel, preserve edges

Switch to layer #2, use Hue/Saturation to set lightness to zero

Reduce layer opacity (I used 50)

Switch to layer #1 and use Hue/Saturation to lighten it up (I used 30)



Thanks for your help!

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