How to Carve a Name and Heart into wood with Photoshop

How to Carve a Name and Heart into wood with Photoshop

August 14, 2019 0 By Peter Engel


Hi guys! I had a photographer ask me how to make
a carved out heart on a tree template. I looked around and I couldn’t really find anything simple
so I just thought I would make a quick tutorial because I know I have done this before. So
I found my Photoshop Elements file that I had made before and I just thought I’d show you real quick how
to do this. This is the picture we are looking at. I’m going to zoom in here, so you can
see it. Basically to start out you are going to make the person’s name. I’ve got this font
here Boopee and I don’t know where I got it but as you can see it looks like some type
of handwriting. I’ve got capital, plus sign, and Bobby. I need to separate this a little
bit so I’m going to come to my character and separate it. 50 and
reduce it. I’m going to change the color so
you can see this better, at least for starters we’ll have it at this. I don’t want it quite
that far apart. That is how we make the text. Then to make the heart I’m going to come to
my shape tool, custom shape tool, come to my shapes, and I’m going to come over here
to shape and I’m going to go to the heart. Now I come over here and I made a heart however
I want it to look. Let me put it right here. I’m going to put it underneath their names.
Press enter to take. Now I’m going to double click it and come over to stroke. We are going
to increase the stroke to about the same width as the text. Come up here to blending options
and change the fill opacity to 0. So now we have our basic set up. I don’t like to destroy
layers without being sure, so I’m going to group them, control g, then I’m going to duplicate
them, turn one off, so this is my back up in case I decide to change anything. Come
up here and I’m going to restorize this layer. Now it’s flat so I can’t change that one but
I still have the backup. I can position this where I want it so I can come over here and
angle it and bring it to the right position and make it smaller, shift so it doesn’t become
distorted. I want it right here where the old one was. Let’s go ahead and turn this
one off for now or move it out of the way. Decide what color I want it. I’m going to
come over to this half moon half circle press alt, while alt is pressed down I’m going to
come to solid color and it’s going to say do I want to create a clipping mask with the
previous layer and I’m going to say yes. Now it’s clipped so it’s only going to change
the color of the heart. Then I’m going to choose a color. I can choose a color from
my picture if I want. I like that one. I’m going to merge those layers. So now I’ve changed
the color. Now if I want to add effects to this I basically have already done this over
here. I’m going to put this on my free area of my website so you can download this and
you can click copy layer style. You can bring it over to yours and this is a short cut.
You can click paste layer style. Now you have an embossed project. This one is in an over
lay mode of linear burn. I might want to increase some of my bubble here because it looks like
I may want it deeper. I’m going to come over to this and I’m going to make it a little
deeper but if you wanted to do this from scratch what you would need to do is you will double
click this layer and you’ll get these choices and you’ll want bevel and emboss check marked,
you’ll want emboss, chisel soft around 42 depending on your size of your photo. I have
a size here of 4. I can increase it or decrease it. I have global light on which you can mess
with that and change it screen 75 multiplies 75 which is the default. Then contour I have
chosen this contour so you can play around with these and choose which contour you want
for your emboss. Then I have inner shadow on multiply with a distance of 4 and 4 and
I have inner glow which let’s see what that looks like off. It doesn’t make a huge difference
so I don’t know if you even want to mess with that one but it is on there. Inner shadow
so I can see here is not making a huge difference either. The bevel and emboss is the main one
with contour. It looks like I made this stroke a little bit bigger in my original which probably
helped. That could be enough if you didn’t want to spend a ton of time on this. If you
did want to spend some time and you want to make it look like it really belongs then I
recommend a displacement map. Come over to your channels and you choose the channel,
I’m going to turn these off for this. You choose the channel that has the most texture
to it. I would say this one has the most, so I will duplicate the channel and it asks
me if I want to make a new document which I do and I’m going to name it displaced wood
and then I’m going to save it, file save as displaced wood. Then I come over to my original
and I turn this on, come to filter, distort, displace and I have it set to 10 and 10 and
that’s fine because I can add more if I want to. Then I need to choose my displaced wood
file that I just created and it immediately displaces it. It looks like it put it a little
over her dress which would be something we would need to fix, then you can turn back
on your effects and you can see what it looks like if you like it you can add another one.
Come to filter it will be your first choice if you already did it and you can hit displace
again. As far as her dress being covered I could just add a mask and come over here to
brush, increase the size of my brush, turn this to black and I can make this a little
bit harder and I can just carefully make my brush a little bit different and then if I
got too much I can switch it back and bring this back in. So there you go. That is how
you make a heart carved out of a barn. I hope you enjoyed it. You can add this exact same
thing effect to a tree or any background that you wanted to add a carving to. Enjoy!