This week starts the first of five tutorials concerning how to make woodgrain in Photoshop without using any third party plug-ins.
We're starting off with a fairly complex wood grain, suitable for large areas, that allows the user to directly manipulate it and get exactly what they like. (Which means it's not a totally automatic process; you get to mess with it yourself, but there is some drawing involved.) While we're at it, we're making the steps into an Action, so we can do all the repetitive stuff very easily for the rest of the series.
Coming up; adding more colors for more realistic wood, making this kind of wood seamless, making a simpler (and more automatic) wood grain that's suitable for small bits of wood, and finally, making the wood look like it's been carved.
I hope you enjoy it!