What would be the best way to create an effect of "keying" someones name into a piece of wood in photoshop? I've used a hard 2px brush with a tan color and it looks good. Just not believeable. What do I need for that "wow" factor... to really make it look legitimate?

Kinda sorta like this:

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  • Yeah, I've seen those tutorials, but they look "carved" in. I am looking for something gritty and "scratched" into wood. – EGHDK Sep 21 '12 at 7:58
  • Always good to find a photo reference. Or make one yourself. – e100 Sep 21 '12 at 8:31
  • In your photo I see rough lines, hand drawn, bark texture, cut marks, cast shadows, a gradient – horatio Sep 21 '12 at 15:13

Maybe this will help you in the right direction. I put together a little tutorial for you. http://fariidayasin.tumblr.com/

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  • Awesome. I appreciate the time you put into it. Thanks – EGHDK Sep 24 '12 at 18:14

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