In this tutorial, I will show you how to simulate the polished wood texture and apply it to your text. Perfect for adding a little elegance to your catalogs or a touch of polish to your business cards, you will find these tricks very useful and easily customizable to your needs and preferences. Just carefully read through the steps and try to learn what you can do to get this amazing and interesting text design style.
Let us start by setting up our document. While the dimensions (width and height) are essentially your choice, for the resolution you need to be a bit more precise. Printed designs need a high resolution for better quality and detail, so a resolution of AT LEAST 300dpi is needed. Only in web graphics can you safely go down to 72dpi. With this in mind, setup your new document as needed.
Next, it is time to setup your background. This can of course be any background that you like or setup. For our example, we have “pasted” in an old paper texture taken from stock photographs to get a slight grunge appearance. For you however, just choose the best background that is appropriate for your purposes.
Next, let us write out the title. If you want to make a very convincing polished wood effect for your text, it would be crucial that you use a fairly thick type font style. Sans serif type fonts, would be a great choice for this. Once you have a good font ready, just use the type tool and type out your text. In our example, we used Helvetica.
Next, we will be adding a couple of layer styles to the text. Do this by simply double clicking on the text layer to get to its layer options window. Once it is open, click on the checkbox for Drop Shadow and then add the following settings.
- Blend Mode: Multiply, Color: Brown #5c4520
- Opacity: 75%
- Angle: 7 degrees
- Distance: 7
- Spread: 0
- Size: 10
Afterward, click on the checkbox for Inner shadow. Use these settings for this option.
- Blend Mode: Multiply, Color: #433323
- Size: 18
- Rest should just have the default values.
Also, check on the option for Bevel and Emboss. This will turn our text into a more 3D type style. Just set the following items in the options panel precisely.
- Style: Inner Bevel
- Technique: Chisel Hard
- Depth: 320
- Direction: Down
- Size: 20
- Anti-Aliasing: Checked
- Highlight Mode: Multiply, Color: #c8b18c
- Shadow Mode: Multiply, Color: #d5b295
- Rest is default
Also, click on the Contour checkbox and choose the Gaussian option. Check the Anti-Aliased option here as well.
That should give us all the specific layer styles that we need to make our text layer look more solid and three dimensional.
Next, create a new layer. Press CTRL+SHIFT+N to do this. Name this layer any name you like of course.
After getting the new layer, go back and select our original text layer. HOLD DOWN the CTRL key and then click on the image thumbnail to select it.
Next, set your foreground color to a light brown (#a4794f), and your background color to grey (#483b34). Then use the foreground color to fill in your selected areas in the new layer.
Next, go to Filters -> Render -> Fibers. On the window that opens set the variance to 16, and the strength to 4.
Then, go to Filter -> Sketch -> Chalk and Charcoal. Use 6 for the charcoal area, 6 for the chalk area and 1 for the stroke pressure.
Afterward, go to Filter -> Sketch -> Chrome. Use 0 for detail, and 10 for smoothness.
Once all done, go to the layers panel and select “soft light” as the blend mode for this layer.
Finally, go to Image -> Adjustments -> Curves, and then set the curve to look something like this by dragging the line.
The end result is distinctive wooden and glossy of course. Now you know how to create polished wooden text effects in Adobe Photoshop.
Author’s Bio: Hi I’m Irene Thompson, a professional writer and a graphic designer. I work at PrintPlace.com, a trusted online printing company that offers business card printing, catalog printing, and other powerful printed marketing materials. You can find me on twitter and facebook.