I love wood. I love it’s many textures, whether it as smooth as balsa wood or as rough as timber. I love the smell of wood that has been freshly cut, just as much as the smell of wet wood after the rain.
My father was a general contractor, and I grew up around lumber and piles of sawdust. I was operating his saws (under his supervision) before I was driving a car. My love of wood continued into my adult life, and I built a craft business around this love. One of my greatest joys was having my Dad come over and build a room in my family’s garage, so that I could have my own workshop. I had multiple saws and sanders and routers, and my new workshop “corralled” all of the sawdust, keeping it from settling on the cars we parked in the garage. I must admit, I also loved the room because I could spend all day out there, just cutting and sanding wood, totally forgetting anything else – a great stress reliever on hectic days!
I haven’t digitized all of my old photos yet, so don’t have a photo of my workshop to show you, but this is a sample of the type of wood work that I did. I cut the wood, painted the design, then assembled the pieces. This is an Advent Calendar that I made for our son.
So why am I sharing this with you? Because I STILL love wood! But now I work with it digitally! 🙂
I have several new wood styles in my digital “shop,” and I want to take just a few minutes to show you how the look of wood can really add interest and character to your designs.
I am working on a new kit, “Write me a letter,” which will be released next week! Here is one of the pieces I was working on for this kit. It really is pretty boring.
I applied one of my new Chipboard Styles to it to add a little interest. Just a click of my mouse, and it’s much better.
I love how simply applying a style to an element can change it’s look, giving it depth and texture so easily.
I’m sure that you know when you apply a style to an image, that image takes on the characteristic of that style. Here’s an example: On the left, I applied one of my Chipboard Styles to the word “wood,” and you see how the word now has taken on all of the characteristics of the Chipboard Style. It has the look of smooth chipboard, with rougher, darker edges, as well as some added thickness.
But many times I would like to give texture and character to an image, yet still retain the color, pattern, or other characteristics of my image. Here’s where my new Chipboard Overlay Styles come in handy. Notice the example on the right. I have applied my Chipboard Overlay Style to this word, and all that has been changed is the style of the “word” image, not the color itself. It now has some depth and the a lightly sanded look on the edges.
Take a look at the additional example in this Chipboard Overlay Preview: Here I took a piece of paper (flourish shape) and applied one of my Chipboard Overlay Styles to it. The result is on the left – a lovely wooden flourish, which has retained the patterned paper I originally started with.
That’s how easy it is to work with these Chipboard Styles! If you want a little rougher texture or look, you may be interested in my new Pressed Board Styles.
And finally, here is a preview of the Chipboard Styles (without the Overlay):
Don’t forget, that if you are a Photoshop Elements user and don’t want to “install” Styles, I always include a PSE Friendly Strip, which will allow you to use my Styles without installing them. There is free 50 second video in my store on how easy it is to use my Style Strips. You can find it here.