Photoshop: How to Make a Woodcut from a Photo

Photoshop: How to Make a Woodcut from a Photo


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to create the look of a wood cut from a photo. This is an update
to a tutorial I did quite awhile ago on an earlier version of Photoshop. I provided this
wood texture, so you can follow along. Its link is located in the video description or
project files. Open a photo you’d like to use. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock.com.
To get your photo into the wood texture document, press “v” to open your Move Tool and drag
your photo onto the tab of the wood texture. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down onto the wood and then, release. To resize and position it, press Ctrl or Cmd
+ T to open your Transform Tool. To see the Transform’s entire bounding box, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Drag it into position. If you want to resize it, go to a a corner and when you
see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in or
out. Then, press Enter or Return. To fit it back on your canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Remove its color by pressing Ctrl or
Cmd + Shift + U. Then, make a copy of it. If your foreground and background colors aren’t
black and white respectively, press “D” on your keyboard or click this icon. Go to Filter
and Filter Gallery. Open the Sketch folder and click Photocopy. Play with the Detail
and Darkness. We’re going to ultimately make 2 layers, each with different Photocopy settings.
The first one will be darker and have less detail as in this example. For this image,
I slid the Detail and Darkness all the way to the right. Click off the eyeball to hide the layer and click on the thumbnail of the other monochrome layer to make it active. Go back to Filter and Filter Gallery. This time, drag the Detail to the
left until your image has a medium-thick, edge surrounding its shape. Then, click OK. We want to clean up the areas outside the image with white. To do this, we need to make
the foreground color white. Invert the colors by pressing “x” on your keyboard or clicking this icon. Open your Pencil Tool, make the Size: medium and the Hardness: 100%. Press Enter or Return. Make sure the Blend Mode is Normal and the Opacity is 100%. Press the
F5 key at the top of your keyboard, which opens your Brush Presets. Make sure the only
setting that’s checked is Smoothing. Press F5 again to close the panel. Brush over the
black and grey areas outside your image to clean it up. To make the size of your brush
smaller, press the left bracket key. Continue to clean up your image. Then, click back on the eyeball next to the darker layer to make it visible and click on its thumbnail to make it active. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask next to the active layer. We’re
going to brush black onto the layer mask to reveal areas of the layer below it. Notice
that when we clicked on the Layer mask icon, the foreground and background colors reverted
back to black and white, respectively. In this example, I’ll brush over the eyes to
reveal more detail. I’ll make the brush bigger and brush over the edges surrounding the tiger to reveal its thinner edge. Merge these two layers by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + E. Notice that as soon as we merged the layers, the colors inverted again back to where it was
before we added the layer mask. Hide the wood background and your original photo. Go to
Select and Color Range. Choose “Shadows” and click OK. This makes a selection of the black areas. Hide the layer and click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. We’ll fill the selection with black and since black is the background color, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. To deselect it, press Ctrl or Cmd + D. Make the wood background visible and with the top layer still active,
change its blend mode to “Soft Light”. To increase its contrast, make a copy of the layer. To reduce the contrast, lower its opacity. I’ll lower it to 30%. Double-click on Layer 2 to make it active and to open its Layer Style window. Click Bevel & Emboss. The Style is Inner Bevel and the Technique is Smooth. Make the Direction: Down, the Depth: 300% and the Size: 4 pixels. Make the Highlight Mode: Linear Dodge with an opacity of 30% and make the Shadow Mode: Linear Burn also with an opacity of 30%. Then, click OK. To crop your image, open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag a selection over the area you
want to keep. Go to Image and Crop. Then, deselect it. If there are areas of your woodcut that you’d like to remove, open your Eraser Tool and brush over the areas to erase them. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

100 thoughts on “Photoshop: How to Make a Woodcut from a Photo

  • October 4, 2014 at 4:38 am
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    Marty you da man, thanks for the lessons Sir !

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  • October 4, 2014 at 6:23 am
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    I had done some wooden arts with photoshop, but was just looking for one that would convey a greater reality. 
    That his technique is great! I will now reproduce it in some papers that I already have, and compare them.
    -from Brazil: Many thanks for the excellent tutorial! 

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  • October 4, 2014 at 9:02 am
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    Nice one Marty

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  • October 4, 2014 at 11:08 am
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    Matri Please explain how you can work for explanations like Video program Techsmith Camtasia Studio

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  • October 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm
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    Thanks Blue Lightening TV, I just love your tutorials, so precise, accurate and to the point!

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  • October 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm
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    Excellento as always Marty, you never cease to amaze me.

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  • October 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm
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    love your tutorials!!! you make it so simple to follow along and you seem to do most of these in under 10min. thanks so much for the effort you put into these for us!!

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  • October 4, 2014 at 10:50 pm
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    Great tut – thank you!! :)))

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  • October 5, 2014 at 6:32 am
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     Thanks for the video . Just want to asked , what are the criteria of selecting an image . I mean I have 10s of images and I don't know which one will work the best.

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  • October 5, 2014 at 5:48 pm
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    Hello
    l am enjoying your channel , l have a request !
    Can  you please make us a tutorial for The Human Torch ?
    Thanks in advance !

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  • October 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm
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    Marty, and glass etching videos like this?

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  • October 6, 2014 at 1:27 am
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    Marty, which version of Photoshop would you consider the best? I work with elements 11, and when following your tutorials, I sometimes lack tools used in the video. Is there a version better than the rest? Thanks

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  • October 6, 2014 at 8:49 am
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    Great and proffesionaly made tutorial. As all of your videos. Thanks

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  • October 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm
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    Where can I download some brushes?

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  • October 10, 2014 at 9:29 am
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    thanks too much for ur lesson !! 

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  • October 10, 2014 at 10:09 am
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    thank you!

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  • October 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm
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    Simple as always…Thx Marty

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  • October 11, 2014 at 4:41 am
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    Very Nice 🙂

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  • October 14, 2014 at 12:45 am
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    You are really Wonderful. Thanks to King

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  • October 16, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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    hi so if you save the pic does it move when you look at it

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  • October 17, 2014 at 12:27 am
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    you lost me at 6:06 I dont get that screen  some of us still have cs 5.

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  • October 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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    wow

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  • October 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm
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    My late father loved to do woodcarvings in his workshop and I've wanted to be able to replicate his type of work in Photoshop.  The tutorial is giving me some better ideas on how. 🙂

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  • October 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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    @Blue Lightning TV  Hey marty, i really like your videos and they are very helpful, i was wondering if you could do a 'how to make some a zombie' tutorial, im working on a project and it would be very helpful, thanks in advace

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  • October 18, 2014 at 9:21 pm
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    Hey very nice tutorial!
    I have a question, do i get all rights for a created picture with this technice when i use an image from the internet?

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  • October 19, 2014 at 1:32 am
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    Excelente. Obrigado.

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  • October 27, 2014 at 4:31 pm
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    First time I've tried one of your tutorials. Thank you for your generosity in sharing this knowledge. Really appreciate the clear way you teach.

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  • October 29, 2014 at 6:28 am
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    All I want to say is… Thank you. 😀 You really helped me. 

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  • November 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm
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    thanx 🙂

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  • November 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm
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    I Just love all your tutorials..Thanx.

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  • November 7, 2014 at 2:39 am
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    Awesome! thank you!

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  • November 17, 2014 at 1:56 am
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    This is cool but could I do this with dark wood?

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  • November 19, 2014 at 12:09 am
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    I'm working on learning this using CS6. When I click on Bevel and Imposs, I dont get the Inner Bevel options in the menu. Am I missing something?

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  • December 2, 2014 at 8:27 am
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    this is the best channel in Photoshop tutorials …

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  • December 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm
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    Your channel is the best in photoshop tutorials

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  • January 21, 2015 at 1:52 am
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    u r the best

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  • February 20, 2015 at 6:51 am
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    Is cool, thanks you

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  • February 24, 2015 at 5:26 am
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    Subscribed.
    Holy moly, that's what i call a tutorial.

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  • February 27, 2015 at 12:43 am
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    Another great  tutorial for me to use for making a photo I want to give to a friend. 

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  • March 1, 2015 at 4:05 am
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    Thank you so much is very very simle for tutorial

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  • March 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm
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    Really cool !!

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  • July 12, 2015 at 9:26 am
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    thank u so much,your videos are very well done and very easy to follow.there isn't a time i did a mistake. best photoshop channel.

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  • August 26, 2015 at 7:00 am
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    good~ it helps me a lot~tq

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  • September 24, 2015 at 1:57 am
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    Wonderful! Thanks so much!

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  • October 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm
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    Very well narrated. Good job. Thanks.

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  • October 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm
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    درس رائع جداً جدا، شكراً لك يا عزيزي

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  • October 28, 2015 at 3:17 am
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    admiro tu imaginacion sos un maestro del photoshop

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  • December 14, 2015 at 8:26 am
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    Wonderful! Thanks so much!

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  • January 4, 2016 at 2:37 pm
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    Excellent tutorial Marty, thank you so much!!

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  • February 5, 2016 at 2:30 am
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    Marty, Hi! I like your calm tone of voice and you don't move to fast. I love your key instructions. I've only worked a little with Photoshop but would like to create an image base on an organic photo (nature) and make it look as if a wood carver did it. Is that possible? Thanks for any help!

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  • February 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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    Thank you! I've been wanting to create a logo for my new business that resembled a coin and this technique worked perfectly!

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  • March 8, 2016 at 1:43 am
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    Trying to make this in a piece of toast, and it just doesn't look right 🙁 I guess I'll continue playing with photoshop. Excellent video btw

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  • March 8, 2016 at 4:34 pm
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    Excellent video. Would love to have an option to the transcript, Is that possible to do. You are so precise in your descriptions! Thanks

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  • March 20, 2016 at 8:23 am
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    Very good Tutorial,Thank you.

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  • March 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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    Very good tutorial! Everything is good explained so thanks for this! See my result at: https://www.facebook.com/arnofotografiefilms/photos/a.1702954399948218.1073741829.1702846443292347/1714620928781565/?type=3

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  • March 28, 2016 at 3:53 am
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    I learn more from youtube than I do in a class room. I don't have to ask da teacher to repeat him or her self just rewind the vid. You're the best.

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  • May 10, 2016 at 1:16 pm
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    Thanks i just followed this and passed. would you like to see?

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  • May 19, 2016 at 2:54 am
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    Thank you.

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  • June 30, 2016 at 7:29 pm
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    its so helpful tutorial.. thank you

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  • September 20, 2016 at 11:07 am
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    very very nice .. thank you .

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  • November 22, 2016 at 11:19 pm
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    All of my woodworks I made with woodprix. Google and try it.

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  • November 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm
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    great tutorial. congrats.

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  • December 26, 2016 at 11:51 am
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    thank you for the brilliant video

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  • January 8, 2017 at 11:11 am
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    beautiful tutorial….

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  • February 21, 2017 at 4:53 pm
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    Great instructional video, thanks for it!

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  • March 3, 2017 at 12:59 am
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    Very clear tutorial! You're the best! Thank you!

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  • March 12, 2017 at 11:03 am
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    Where are the project files located? I want to try this technique!

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  • March 12, 2017 at 11:19 am
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    I just subscribed to your channel here on YouTube. There are so many of your videos I want to watch, so I marked them to "watch later" – thanks for producing some really good videos that are easy to understand and follow along with!

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  • April 29, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    I love it!👍🏽👍🏽🍸

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  • May 2, 2017 at 6:05 pm
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    which artist uses this similar technique

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  • May 3, 2017 at 3:28 pm
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    Great job and looks nice. God bless now

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  • May 7, 2017 at 4:55 pm
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    super!!!

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  • May 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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    I know this tutorial is an older upload, but I was just curious… is there any particular reason why you have said to use the Pencil tool to paint white instead of the Brush tool? Or is it simply your preference, maybe? I've rarely used the Pencil tool in favor of the Brush tool, myself, so if there is a reason, I'd be interested in knowing it.

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  • May 23, 2017 at 11:11 pm
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    would there be any specific reason that i can not drag the picture to the other tab where the wood is at.

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  • May 31, 2017 at 11:21 am
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    That was amazing

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  • June 2, 2017 at 4:36 am
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    how to get tiger photos on shutter stock? its free or pay?

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  • June 21, 2017 at 2:34 pm
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    Thank you, master!

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  • June 29, 2017 at 6:59 pm
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    I am not a christian at all, but I think I should pray on you.
    Thank you MASTER.

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  • July 2, 2017 at 6:20 pm
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    I haven't used Photoshop since college, but I would like to get back into editing and creating. Is there a particular version of Photoshop or Illustrator, Lightroom, etc. I would need to create a woodcut file like you've demonstrated?

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  • August 18, 2017 at 3:45 pm
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    i am not able to drag my photo on wooden texture help me please

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  • September 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm
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    Nice technique. Thanks for sharing.
    But, to be honest, I expected something the other. (but I don not know why)
    I expected this technique was the preparing part for making a file with a G-code so that one can make a "carved" copy of it with a 3D-router/carver.
    Is it possible to do this?

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  • September 30, 2017 at 9:39 am
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    very good very nice

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  • September 30, 2017 at 9:39 am
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    my mo 9993021582

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  • November 18, 2017 at 2:28 am
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    This was great. Thank you!

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  • January 23, 2018 at 2:36 pm
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    I am using Photoshop Elements 2018. I was following your Instructions until I got to the part about Select Color Range. It is not there! Can you tell where to go from here?
    Thanks in advance
    John.

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  • January 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm
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    Ok thanks

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  • January 25, 2018 at 8:57 pm
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    wow ! – i also do time-lapse Videos from my drawing and tattoo session ! If u are Interested- But do more of this videos !!

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  • May 15, 2018 at 6:56 pm
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    bello grazie

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  • May 23, 2018 at 10:26 am
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    Woow 😍 very nice 👍 thank you 😘…..Woow 😍 very nice 👍 thank you 😘…..Woow 😍 very nice 👍 thank you 😘…..Woow 😍 very nice 👍 thank you 😘…..good…good…very good…

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  • June 18, 2018 at 10:25 am
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    thanks lot sir.

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  • August 2, 2018 at 11:37 am
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    Please make an Tutorial on "How to make a wood engraving from a photo" ? Not woodcut – woodcut and wood engraving both are separate not combine both have 3-5 differences.
    Thanks a lot

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  • August 24, 2018 at 11:09 pm
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    It's just amazing! Thank you!

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  • October 26, 2018 at 8:33 pm
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    great tutorial sir u r one of the great instructor

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  • December 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm
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    V. Good teaching method.

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  • December 9, 2018 at 8:49 am
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    It is Just Amazing .Thanks  for Video

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  • January 15, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    lovely
    i made a street dog one

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  • February 12, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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    i wish i can have a pay card here in Algeria Just To support u Marty you've been so helpful to me … Thanks allot

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  • April 4, 2019 at 7:41 am
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    Thank you!

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  • April 30, 2019 at 4:36 am
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    Thank you.

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