How can I create a wood / topographical map texture in Photoshop or Illustrator?
This is a pattern I've seen used in multiple places and I've always loved it:
It's sort of like a fingerprint/wood texture. I want to make something similar and I've considered drawing it out and throwing it in illustrator or something, but is there an easier way? Maybe like a combination of filters in Photoshop?
Actually I figured out a simple way to do it (just as I thought!).
Of course you can stretch/smooth things out as desired, but here's the BASIC process if anyone is interested:
Posterize.... (I did 20)
Using same basic process as above with a motion blur before posterizing and finding edges: