Realistic Text Blending on Wood

Hello everyone!  I’m here with a quick tip about creating realistic text on wood textures in Photoshop.  Have you ever tried to journal on those “oh so fabulous” wooden background pages, only to find that it just doesn’t look right?  Well, there is a quick and easy way to embed the journaling text into the background so it looks like it was painted on.  Ready to learn how?  Then come on in and join me . . .

Here is a peek at the technique in action . . .




Notice how the “Sweet” text in the top left corner of the page seems to have been painted on the wooden background and worn away over time.  Although it may look like the text started with this aged appearance, it did not.  If I left the text element in its original form, it would look like this:




Notice how it is “floating” above the wooden background and doesn’t look very realistic?  Well, luckily, there is a quick fix.  All you need to do is adjust the blending option sliders in the layer styles palette.  Click on the fx button (at the bottom of the layers palette in Photoshop CC 2015) and then choose the “blending options” menu.




Once you are in the blending options pop up, adjust the black and white sliders on the “underlying layer” spectrum until you achieve the look you want for the text.




There is no set recipe for setting the sliders, just move the black sliders to the left and white sliders to the right until you achieve the effect you want.  If you want a more subtle effect, you can also split the sliders (as I did with the black ones) by placing your cursor on the right or left side of the slider and pressing the alt/opt key while pulling one half of the slider away from the other half.  And that’s all there is to it (I told you it was easy).


In addition to text elements, you can also use this technique to realistically blend paint elements, papers or even photos into a wooden background.  Have fun experimenting with it, and blend on!


Until next time ~

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  • Krissy October 16, 2015   Reply →

    Does this work in PSE? I have PSE 13… such a wonderful look!

  • Vanessa K McKelvey-Smith October 17, 2015   Reply →

    Oh this is a great tip – thanks so much!

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