Sure you could take a photo of some wood and use that for a texture. But the real way to separate the photoshop men from the boys is to make your own. In this tutorial we are going to create a wood texture and apply some artwork on top of it that has an aged paint feel. To begin, make a new document as shown below.
In this tutorial we are going to create a sort of oldy-worldy composition featuring a compass and making use of some awesome vector artwork from Arsenal. As always there is a PSD file at the bottom of the tutorial, in this instance I would highly recommend downloading it as this is quite a complex composition. Be warned this is a LONG Adobe Photoshop tutorial!
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