Drawing Wood Grain

This tutorial was inspired by Rosie's Photo Impact tutorial for drawing wood grain.
Thank You Rosie for graciously granting me permission
to write the tutorial for Paint Shop Pro

©Doodles by LadyFox  04/22/07

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Feel free to email me LadyFox

This tutorial was done with PSP9   
but could be done with other versions.

All of my tutorials are written following the steps I used to make my graphic.   
It is my hope that you will take what I provide 
and do your own thing with it. 



Paint Shop Pro -  Download a trial version 
Basic knowledge of Paint Shop Pro  

Remember to SaveOften
STEPS - These are the steps I used.

Drag the arrow to mark your place


Lets Begin

New Image:  400x300
File/Save As: wood.pspimage
Flood fill with #808080



























 New Raster Layer

Foreground Color: #c0c0c0
Background Color: #404040
Background Style: Null

Pen Tool: [V]
Mode: Draw Lines and Polylines
Connect Segments: NOT Checked
Create On vector: NOT Checked
Show Nodes: NOT Checked
Line style: +Solid
Width: 2.00
Anti-alias: Checked

Place the cursor at about 0x3
Click and hold the mouse button while you drag the mouse across the top of the canvas
Click Apply
Hold down the Shift Key while drawing the line
This forces a straight line to be drawn

Change the Line width to: 1.00
Click the Swap Colors arrow to reverse the colors

Place the cursor at 0x4
Draw a line right below the first line
Click Apply











Layers/ Duplicate

Move Tool [M]
Move the lines below the first lines

Continue duplicating and moving lines until the canvas is filled
Don't try to make the spacing perfect the wood will look more realistic























Layers/ Merge/ Merge Visible

Selection Tool [S]
Selection Type: Rectangle
Mode: Replace
Feather: 0
Anti-alias: Not Checked

Select a small area

Effects/ Distortion Effects/ Twirl
Degrees: 100

Selections/ Select None [Ctrl+D]

Select a different area

Effects/ Distortion Effects/ Twirl
Try different numbers, even some minus numbers

Continue selecting and twirling until you have a pleasant looking design
You can use it just like this. I took it one step further


















Warp Brush
Warp Mode: Expand

Size: 75
Hardness: 0
Strength: 15
Step: 25
Noise: Grayed Out
Edge Mode: Background
Draft quality: Medium
Final apply: Best Quality: Checked

Run the brush over the entire image to smooth slightly

Click Apply
Don't worry if the edges warp, you can always crop when finished

Your wood is now ready to use

6. Colorize the wood
Adjust/ Color Balance/ Manual Color Correction

Manual target color


Hue: 144
Saturation: 43
Lightness: 124

Hue: 33
Saturation: 44
Lightness: 124

Hue: 28
Saturation: 91
Lightness: 124

Hue: 98
Saturation: 116
Lightness: 167


I used my completed wood for Rosie's cute Doghouse Tutorial


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial
and find lots of uses for your wood



©Doodles by LadyFox  04/22/07

If you have any questions or need help,  feel free to email me LadyFox


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