Create a Leatherback Book Icon in Photoshop

Learn how to create this leatherback book design in Photoshop. This tutorial will show you how to draw a book and apply textures and layer styles.

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Create a Leatherback Book Icon in Photoshop


Step 1 New Document

Open up Photoshop and create a new document


Step 2

On the background layer fill it in with #412405 using the paint brush tool.


Step 3

Create a new layer then Edit>Fill and select your pattern


Step 4

Change this layer to Pin Light with an Opacity of 24%


Step 5

Create a new layer and name it ‘book’ then grab your pen tool and make the shape of a book


Step 6

Add these layer styles



Step 7

Now we add a highlight to this book, create a new layer and name it ‘shine’. Grab your 172 px soft round brush paint brush tool #b74322 and place it on the corner of your book


Step 8

Now we will add some shine to the spine of the book. Create a new layer and grab a 51 px soft round brush (#FFFFFF). Now while holding down the shift key, make a line across your image. Holding the shift key keeps the brush in a straight line.


Step 9

Now Edit>Free Transform and turn it so that it lines up with the angle of the book, erase away any parts that go beyond the book.


Step 10

Change this layer to Soft Light with an Opacity of 85%


Step 11 Shadow

Create a new layer and name it ‘shadow’ and with a 95px soft round brush #3b0d06 paint along the edges of the edges. I like to create a selection around the book so that I don’t have to worry about erasing, to do this hold down the ‘shift’ key and click the image box on the ‘book’ layer


Step 12

Now add some more shadow but use a darker color #310c05


Step 13 Pages

Create a new layer and name it ‘pages’ and grab your pen tool and make this shape and fill it with #ffffff


Step 14

Add Inner Shadow


Step 15

Create a New layer and grab your rectangular marquee tool and make a box on your canvas and fill it with the stripe pattern. Edit>Fill>Pattern


Step 16

Edit>Free Transform and line it up so that it is at the same angle of your ‘page’ layer.


Step 17

Delete the unnecessary areas


Step 18

Add a Gradient Overlay


Step 19

Duplicate this layer but change the settings. First change the layer’s Opacity to 38% and then change the Gradient Overlay.


Step 20 Ribbon

Create a new layer and name it ‘ribbon’ and with your pen tool create the shape of a ribbon. Duplicate this layer


Step 21

Add these layer styles to the first layer



Step 22

On the second Ribbon layer beneath the first layer change the Opacity to 49% and change the Color Overlay


Step 23

Apply a Gaussian Blur


Step 24

Create a new layer and make a selection of your ‘page’ layer and apply a stroke


Step 25

Erase some parts of the line and apply a Gaussian Blur


Step 26

Create another layer and apply another stroke. Make a selection from the ‘book’ layer


Step 27

Grab your pen tool and make sure that your paint brush tool is set to #ffffff 7px soft round brush and make markings on the spine of the book


Step 28

Change the Opacity of this layer to 9%


Step 29

Create a new layer and make some more markings but this time make sure your paint brush tool is set to 7px #421209

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