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.
Preview of Final Results
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Create a Leatherback Book Icon in Photoshop
- Leather Pattern – Flickr
- Stripes Patterns – Brusheezy
- Striped Pattern – Deviant Art
- Champagne and Limousines – DaFont
Step 1 New Document
Open up Photoshop and create a new document
On the background layer fill it in with #412405 using the paint brush tool.
Create a new layer then Edit>Fill and select your pattern
Change this layer to Pin Light with an Opacity of 24%
Create a new layer and name it ‘book’ then grab your pen tool and make the shape of a book
Add these layer styles
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
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.
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.
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
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
Add Inner Shadow
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
Edit>Free Transform and line it up so that it is at the same angle of your ‘page’ layer.
Delete the unnecessary areas
Add a Gradient Overlay
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
Add these layer styles to the first layer
On the second Ribbon layer beneath the first layer change the Opacity to 49% and change the Color Overlay
Apply a Gaussian Blur
Create a new layer and make a selection of your ‘page’ layer and apply a stroke
Erase some parts of the line and apply a Gaussian Blur
Create another layer and apply another stroke. Make a selection from the ‘book’ layer
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
Change the Opacity of this layer to 9%
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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