How to Make Your Own Wood Engraving in Photoshop


For those of you who want to make your own wood engraving in Photoshop, you’ve come to the right place.

*NOTE: I am using windows, I believe all the shortcuts I mention are the same on a Mac, just substitute Ctrl with Cmd. Also, right click = Cmd+click

First, here’s a look at what we’ll be making:

Wood

1) Open Photoshop and create a blank canvas with the following dimensions (Shortcut: Ctrl+N) *I have these settings saved as a preset, yours should say custom

New Canvas

2) Create a new layer above the background (Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+N)

3) Fill the new layer with white (Shortcut: Alt+Delete to fill with foreground color, Ctrl+Delete to fill with background color)

4) Duplicate the layer

5) Select the original layer

6) Click Filter –> Render –> Fibers, use the settings below, and then click OK (Click randomize until you get something you like)

Fibers

7) Select your duplicated layer and Click Filter –> Noise –> Add Noise, use the settings below, and then click OK

Noise

8) Click Filter –> Blur –> Motion Blur, use the settings below, and then click OK

Motion

9) Set the duplicated layer’s blending mode to multiply and adjust the opacity to your liking

10) Merge the layers and name it Grain

GrainDone

11) Create a new layer filled with the color #992c05 and name it Color Overlay

ColorOverlay

12) Select the type tool and with a black font of your choice (I’m using Pacifico), type what you want to engrave, and position it to your liking

Text

13) With your text layer selected, click Layer –> Layer Style –> Inner Shadow, use the settings below, and click Color Overlay

InnerShadow

14) Use the color #cf7a31 and set the opacity to around 84, then click Drop Shadow

15) Use the settings below, and click OK

drop

16) Right click your text layer and select Create Work Path

17) Create a new layer filled with white and name it Engraved Grain

18) Click Filter –> Noise –> Add Noise, use the settings below, and click OK

MoreNoise

19) Click Filter –> Blur –> Motion Blur and use the same settings as before

20) Create a layer mask by clicking this button

LayerMask

21) Select the layer mask by holding the Alt key and clicking it (Four white corners should appear around it)

22) Fill the layer mask with black

23) Make your foreground color #2e2e2e and click the Paths tab

24) Right click the work path you created, and select Make Selection, with a feather radius of 0

25) Fill the selection with your foreground color (Shortcut: Alt+Delete) and press Ctrl+D to deselect your work path

26) Set the layer’s blending mode to multiply

engravedgrain

27) Create a new layer and with a large, soft, black brush, paint around the edges of the canvas and set the blending mode to multiply

28) With an even larger soft, white brush, paint a large circle in the center of your canvas on a new layer and set the blending mode to overlay and the opacity to 50%

Here’s the finished product!

Wood