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How do I make wood look wet.


excell

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I want to achieve the effect where the chopping board looks like it has been splashed with water (kind of like in the photo of the drawer). How would I go about achieving this.

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IamSam

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Wet, at it's base, is only a color variation..........usually darker. This is easily done using a "wet Layer" which is a darker color layer with a new blending mode option.

Color/wet layer. Color was sampled from the board itself.
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Set to Soft Light blend mode.
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The color, it's blending option, and it's opacity can be changed to meet your needs.
This is a good starting point.

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Rich54

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I just finished mine. Very similar idea as @IamSam.
  • Duplicate your image to a new layer. Change the new layer blend mode to Multiply.
  • Apply a layer mask and fill mask entirely with black.
  • Then paint with white in the mask to reveal darker (wet) areas.
  • You can even have the wetness spill over onto the gray background (which I did accidentally in the upper-left).
  • Optionally, add a Vibrance adjustment layer, clipped to your wet layer, and crank-up the saturation.
Something like this:

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JeffK

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I went a different route -

First separate your cutting board from the background and place on a separate layer

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Now using a clipping mask, apply a hue and saturation layer...increase the red saturation, decrease the lightness, and increase blue saturation:

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You'll get a slight staining effect: Mask out the parts you don't want/need :

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Now create a curves layer, apply a clipping mask, and drag the left slider to the right to deepen the "stain".. Apply the same mask as you had on the hue/saturation layer
by holding down the alt key (option on mac) ad dragging it up to the curves layer.

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Here;s where I ended up:

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You can play with the settings to change the effect. Bit more complicated than @IamSam and @Rich54 but just another option....
 

Peano

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Countless ways to do this in Photoshop. I made a ragged selection and lightened the dry part of the board (curves adj layer), so the original darker hue is the wet part.

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Peano

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how did you make that ragged selection?
I used a small, rough brush. I forget which one, but it was something like rough charcoal. Set brush opacity to 50% or so and just scratch along the edge. I use a pen and tablet, so it's a lot easier than using a mouse.

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