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Creating Realistic Metal Screws

Now that we have learned how to make our own custom wood textures, let’s add some screws to that wood! Start off with a new workspace, and draw on it a 64 x 64 pixel circle. To do so use the Elliptical Marquee tool, and on the top options bar select the Fixed Size option and input the appropriate height and width options.

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Fill the circle with #CCCCCC. Then go to Layer > Layer Style > Bevel & Emboss, and match your settings to mine. If you made your initial circle a different size from mine, you may need to modify your size option a bit.

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Now, zoom in to your screw and make a new layer. Then use the Rectangular Marquee tool to make a selection that is 5 x 64 pixels in size. Position this over the center of the screw and fill it with #666666.

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Now to help create a more realistic screw, zoom all the way in on the top of the screw and delete a 1 pixel height row from our vertical bar.

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Replicate this process on the other side.

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And there you have it. A realistic and fully custom-made screw! We can now combine this with our previously made wooden panel and be well on our way to making our very own, custom, wooden sign.

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About Michael Boguslavskiy

Michael Boguslavskiy is a full-stack developer & online presence consultant based out of New York City. He's been offering freelance marketing & development services for over a decade. He currently manages Rapid Purple - and online webmaster resources center; and Media Explode - a full service marketing agency.

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