Create a Pixel-Perfect Notebook Icon in Photoshop

Create a Pixel-Perfect Notebook Icon in Photoshop
Learn how to create a beautiful notebook icon with Photoshop! This beginner drawing tutorial will show you how to create shapes, add texture, and use layer styles to create a quick and easy notebook icon.

Preview of Final Results


Tutorial Resources

· Wooden Background – sxc.hu

Step 1

Open up Photoshop and create new document

Step 2

Open the Wooden background , press Ctrl+ T to scale it fit to our background.Now Image > Adjustment> Curve, like this image

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Step 3

And this is result

Step 4

Create a Rounded rectangle (shortcut U) with fixed size 700px x 550px and Radius = 40px. Fill it with color # 742b00

Step 5

Now press Filter > Noise > Add noise

Step 6

Then right click for Blending Option > Drop Shadow

Step 7

And we got result like this, we name it " cover 1"

Step 8

Next, we create second Rounded rectangle (shortcut U) with same size 700px x 550px and Radius = 40px. Fill it with color # 5c3016. Then press Ctrl + T to scale it a little bit smaller than first rectangle which name "cover 1". And we name the second rounded rectangle as "cover 2"

Step 9

Duplicate the "cover 2" ,click on Layer thumbnail and change the color with # 742b00. We name this layer as "cover 3" . Go to Filter > Noise > Add noise

Step 10

Next, go to Filter > Blur > Motion blur.

Step 11

Change the layer which name "cover 3" to Multiply and we got a result like this

Step 12

Next, we create the fourth rounded rectangle with fixed size 660px x 520px, fill the color #571803,add the layer style like this image. We name it as " cover 4"

Step 13

And this is the result

Step 14

Now, we create the fifth rounded rectangle with fixed size 610px x 490px , fill it with color #ffffff .

Step 15

Add Layer style for Drop Shadow

Step 16

Then add layer style for Inner Shadow

Step 17

And add layer style for Gradient

Step 18

Here is the result

Step 19

Create next rounded rectangle with size 610px x 490px,fill color #ffffff and we scale it a little bit smaller like this image . We name this layer as "Paper"

Step 20

Add layer style for Drop Shadow

Step 21

And add layer style for Inner Shadow.

Step 22

We got a result like this

Step 23

Next, we create new layer and name it as "Middle line", we set up the hard brush(shortcut B) with size 2px and set foreground color #742b00, then pick the Pen tool (shortcut P) and create a vertical line in middle of "Paper" layer. Right click to stroke path and choose tool as brush

Step 24

And this is what we got

Step 25

Create a new layer and name it as "Horizon lines" , put it under " Middle line" layer. We set the foreground color #017d93 and set hard brush with size 2px. We draw some horizon lines with same ways as we draw middle line(Step 23). Then we set the " Horrizon lines" layer as Multiply and lower the opacity 50%. And we got the result like this

Step 26

Next, we create a new layer and name it " Vertical lines", set the foreground color # ff0000 and hard brush with size 2px.We draw 2 vertical line (use same ways in step 23), then we set the "Vertical lines" layer as Linear Burn and lower opacity 50%

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27 comments on “Create a Pixel-Perfect Notebook Icon in Photoshop”

  1. Hello,

    your tutorial is very useful.
    However I couldn't do as Step 23 T_T
    When I do Stoke Path... and chose Brush, it doesn't give me as in Step 24. I tried to draw it manually but I couldn't do it. I'm just a beginner.

    Thank you.

  2. If you have problems with step 23 after you pressed P in the upper corner are 3 different icons next to the pen: a square with little squares on every corner a square with the pen in the middle and a plane square.

    It automatically was on the first one, but for this step you need the second, the square with the pen in the middle.

    hope i could help out.

  3. I can't get past step 23. For some reason, the option of "stroke path" is not available to me (it's grayed out). Is there something I'm doing wrong?

  4. This was an easy tutorial to follow. Thank you so much! I would like permission to share my final graphic inside a bonus package of graphic elements.

    Please get in touch with me so we can discuss... thank you!

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