I tried a lot of the backgrounds presented here, but this one is just perfect for my needs. Looks like real wood but is not distracting in any way.
As previously noted, this is my favourite:
Also as previously noted, I was interested in using this without the trees as the bare wood has such a nice grain, colour, lighting, etc. So thank you to @g-g-g-g-g-g-Go for uploading the original
I have cropped it to select the lower left quadrant to remove the unnatural reflection and to get the benefit of the light centre at the top right so it looks like room lighting:
Then I have played with the saturation, contrast, sharpness, etc to get something that I find very appealing:
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It’s not a good look
And you need to make the line color match the background color.
May I recommend the clamshell and slate stones to go with it (second from the right)
It should look like this
following the steps that @shinuito already quoted above
This is indeed a very nice combination
Can you put the background alone here?
Here you go @Groin:
Here’s a new one I want to try out just for myself. This is from a photo of a homemade Goban after sanding and staining but before varnishing and doing the lines I don’t know if it will work but this is the only way I know to find out
Edit: Alas, not so great IMO. The stones look a bit unnatural to me on this background. But others may like it so I’ll leave it here.
There’s a gradient due to light and perspective which… well… suggests perspective to the eye and brain.
Also the wood texture emphasises perspective.
That’s why it looks so unnatural under the grid and stones, which are flat, with no perspective at all
For my own very personal taste, a bit too dark. However some may like that.
Yes, looks a lot better in real life
I fiddled with a free texture, similar to the pattern from the OP, but with the grain in the “correct” direction and hue adjusted to get better contrast with both stone colors) and came up something like this:
I don’t recommend you host it from my google drive, however:
You can upload here to the forums, for example below, and people can use this link address then
It looks pretty cool
and another light board…