In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to create a stained wood effect in Illustrator. We are going to use the Paint Daubs effect and Live Trace in Illustrator to set it up. We will then move the illustration over to Photoshop and overlay it onto a wooden background and add some text effects to it. Let’s get started!
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Step 1: Create a new document and paste your image onto the artboard.
Step 2: Go to Effects > Artistic > Paint Daubs. Increase the brush size to around 30-35 and increase the sharpness to around 20-25. Change the brush type to “Dark Rough”. The settings will depend on your image. Hit OK when you are happy.
Step 3: Your results should look similar with the random lines in the lighter areas and dark lines around the darker parts of your image.
Step 4: Pull up the live trace and click on “Tracing Options…”
Step 5: From the Preset menu, select Grayscale. Make sure you have the preview button turned on. Change the blur to 0px and increase the “Minimum Area” to around 10px. When you are happy with the results, hit “Trace”.
Step 6: With the image still selected, click on “Expand”. After the image is expanded, ungroup all the objects (Ctrl + Shift + G).
Step 7: Clean up any lines you aren’t happy with. I also deleted the white background. I drew out more of an outline around the image and manually accented some of the other lines within the image. I did this by simply taking the brush tool and drawing the lines.
Step 8: Now to add some color. For me, it is easier to separate out the color onto their own layers. This is very easy to do. Simply select the lightest shade, go to Select > Same > Fill & Stroke. Then cut the selected objects (Ctrl + C) and Paste in Front (Ctrl + F) onto a new layer.
Step 9: Do the same to each shade, copying and pasting each onto its own layer. As I paste each shade, I also change the color. From the lightest to darkest, the colors I use are: #F8D0AF, #D4B092, #A07C60, #7F5E47, #694C39, #4F3425
Step 10: Once you are happy with the image, you can load up your favorite wood background texture in Photoshop. You could do this in Illustrator, but Photoshop tends to handle the transparency mode better. Select all your layers in Illustrator and copy the complete image. Paste into Photoshop. It will ask you how you want to paste the vector, I just chose Pixels.
Step 11: Change the Transparency mode of your image to multiply.
Step 12: For the text: In Illustrator, I used a font called “Monthoers” which I purchased from Creative Market (Click here). I set the text color to #7F5E47 and applied an Arc warp to it. To apply the warp, go to Effect > Warp > Arc. I set my bend to 27%.
Step 13: Expand the text and effect (Object > Expand Appearance). Cut the text from Illustrator and paste into your Photoshop file. Set the blend mode to Multiply. Under the Layer Style I also applied a 1px stroke set to #4f3425 with the blend mode set to Multiply.
Add more text as you want and save the image. Congratulations, you are done.