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How To Create Your Own High Resolution Wood Textures
Here's the latest tutorial from Photoshop Daily: Shoot hi-res wood textures. High resolution wood textures are readily available on line. However you may not want to purchase the rights to use these in commercial works. In that case you’ll want to take your own photos.
Here we show you how. We explore ways to set up and shoot in the studio and outdoors. You’ll also discover which cameras to use to capture the perfect megapixel image and the settings to shoot with for the clearest clarity for first-class results.
Capture perfect outdoor textures — Use the right camera
A camera that supplies a minimum of 24-megapixels in size, whether shooting inside or out, will provide the best-quality texture shots. This means you can edit and retouch considerably before sizing your image down. Cameras such as the Nikon D600 and Sony a99 are exemplary choices as these also include full-frame sensors.
When shooting your wood textures, first avoid having hard shadows fall across your subject. Also shoot in soft uniform (neutral) light, on an overcast day not a bright sunny day. This will not just limit the affects of shadows, but also surface light reflection.
Camera shoot settings
Shoot in RAW format with Auto White Balance activated, setting the ISO between 100 and 400 for better light quality. Use a smaller aperture setting with a higher f-stop number, like f11 or f16, to ensure a good depth of field.
Shoot textures in the studio
Tip 1: One light can be sufficient enough, but keep this near the camera and shoot head-on
Tip2: Introduce a second light near the camera position if you must. Still light the texture head-on
Tip3: Use a tripod to shoot perpendicularly, avoiding lens distortion
Tip4: A low ISO and smaller aperture may cause a slow shutter speed. A tripod will solve any issues
Fix hi-res wood textures in Photoshop — Work with RAW
Following the previous shoot settings will let you easily adjust colour and contrast. When inside the RAW interface (now standard with Photoshop CS6) edit the Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows and Clarity sliders to define clearer contour and stronger detail.
For those who fail to shoot in RAW, Photoshop can still solve your post-production needs. Lighting and exposure can be easily manipulated using Levels, or more intuitively with the Shadow/Highlights options. Wield the Selective Color adjustment to make intuitive tonal changes. Sharpen filters also help.
Fix skewed angles
We recommend that you shoot perpendicular, but no one’s fool-proof. If you do recognise curved distortions, don’t despair, you can simply fix this with CS6’s Adaptive Wide Angle option. Apply the Constraint tool to visible image curves, then edit further using control points and sliders to straighten your photo.
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