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Deke's Techniques 023: Creating Synthetic Wood Grain

Deke's Techniques 023: Creating Synthetic Wood Grain

Those of you who pay attention to this site may recall that, several months ago, I solicited your suggestions for future episodes of my weekly Deke's Techniques. Well, today's episode marks the first answer to such a suggestion, one posted by dekeOnline member henrymatt. Many more are to come. (Incidentally, I'm still very much interested in your wants, hopes, and desires on this topic. Please post any suggestions you may have to that same page. Don't be a lurker; feed my Frankenstein!)

In this week's video, I show you how to create synthetic wood grain, altogether from scratch, inside Photoshop. If you watch the video---which is is as entertaining as it is educational---you'll note that I never once mention dekeOnline member henrymatt. And that's because, miraculous as it may sound, I just so happened to answer his question before he asked it! So please don't take offense, dekeOnline member henrymatt. I cannot help that my many powers include reading your mind.

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Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images

Real focus happens inside the camera's lens element. The sharpening features in Photoshop CS3 exaggerate the contrast along edges in a photograph to transform a well-focused image into an outstanding image. In Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images, Deke McClelland teaches a host of sharpening and noise reduction techniques, including using filters such as Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, High Pass, and Reduce Noise. The training teaches the essentials of sharpening, including what it does, why it's important, and how the filters function. Read more » 

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Employing a Seamlessly Repeating Pattern

In my last article, I explained how to create a tessellating tile pattern--that is to say, a pattern that repeats seamlessly, with no flaws and with guaranteed results. Here's the spoiler: It all hinges on the Offset filter. Really, that's all there is to it. Choose Filter > Other > Offset, and everything falls into place. For more information, check out the previous article.

At the end of that article (honestly, how many links do you need to it?), I promised to share with you some interesting ways to employ your seamlessly repeating pattern. And true to my word, that's precisely what I'm going to do now. Two ways to use a repeating tile pattern. Nothing more. Nothing less. Nothing more to say. Read more » 

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