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:

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This site also uses it as a background texture, as well as this one.

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?

7/23/2013 8:27:00 PM

Accepted Answer

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:

Render Clouds....


Posterize.... (I did 20)


Filter>>Find edges

find edges

Using same basic process as above with a motion blur before posterizing and finding edges:

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7/23/2013 6:18:00 PM