Photographs are a great resource for complementing text in brochures, newsletters as well as other printed works. However, for those times when you want to opt for a more artistic look, this authentic woodcut technique might work for you really well.
In order to create a woodcut in Photoshop, we will:
- Set up the layers and use a blending mode in preparation for this technique.
- Make use of the High Pass filter to aid with the woodcut outlines.
- Apply a threshold adjustment to take control of how much black appears in the image.
These Woodcuts are traditional prints that became prominent owing to the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Artists create woodcuts by carving drawings on blocks of birch, pine or cherry wood with the help of special carving tools. Soon after an artist makes the carving, he applies ink to the surface of the block. After this, he places a piece of paper on the inked wood block, and applies pressure. When he does away with the paper voilà—it’s a woodcut print. Does this seem like a lot of work? It sure is, however for those with time and patient, it is an enjoyable craft. But if you do not have much of either, you can achieve a similar woodcut look easily with the help of Photoshop.