Booklet Layout

In this lesson, we will learn to create a booklet layout using only the capabilities of the program Photoshop.
Here is what we get at the end of the lesson:

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. There are some things we need to consider before starting to design a brochure: size, shape, and folding type. In general, we have to start with a pencil and paper – we will sketch our brochure. The booklet will have two sides, which means there will be two documents in Photoshop – one for the inside of the booklet, the other for the cover.
Below is a triple brochure project. Let’s name each printing area “Face”, so we will have “Face1”, “Face2”, …., “Face6”

Step 2. As soon as you have folded your piece of paper, start designing. This is the most creative step, so feel free to use your imagination. In the following example, the author used the tablet to show a sketch. It describes the basic principles of work. The sketch will help you develop the entire design and arrange the information so that it is available to the reader and in a collapsed form.

Side 1
Step 3. Create a new document. For a print project, the document settings are very important. Then click Ctrl + R, to have a ruler. Now we need guides. Place the cursor on the ruler (tool “Move\ Move Tool) and, holding the left mouse button, pull out one guide from there. Vertically, for example; do the same horizontally.
* To remove the Guides, click Ctrl + H. The same combination, so that they appear again *.
Units of measurement – inches (right click on the ruler and from the list that opens select “inches” (Inches))

Step 4. The boundaries of the work area. Define the boundaries of our document for printing. Place the guides on each side of the document.

Step 5. Now we will increase the document in the menu Image \ Canvas Size (Image \ Canvas Size) – add an inch to the width and height of the document, besides make sure that the anchor point is in the middle. As you can see, the document has increased by 0.5 inches on each side.

Step 6. Add 0.25 inches (this is very important, since the background image should be located inside the printed borders of the document). Pull out the guides and position 0.25 inches in front of the previous guides.

Step 7. Border Security. Even if our pruning process is beautiful, there is still a small area that we must leave empty. We will add a security boundary between the edge of the working paper and our project, i.e. we indent. To do this, pull out the guides and position 0.25 inches inside our “Main Area”.

Step 8. Now we have to make three columns with guides. There are several ways to divide it into three parts, one of them is to take a calculator and divide 11/3 = 3.66. Choose a tool “Rectangle” (Rectangle Tool) (U) in shape mode and draw a rectangle as shown below. Accuracy is not important now. Now select the tool “Moving” (Move Tool) (V), enable the option on the parameter panel “Show Controls” (Show Transform Controls) and duplicate the rectangle (to do this, hold down the Alt and move the rectangle). Duplicate the second rectangle. Now we have three rectangles. Change the color of the copies (for graphic purposes). Now select three rectangles (on the layers palette, holding Shift, click on the layers) and with the active tool “Moving” pull the right knot to the right until you reach the right boundary of the “Main area”, press Enter. This process will expand our rectangles in equal proportions. Now select the middle rectangle and install new “column” guides, remove our rectangles. Our document is divided into three equal parts.

Step 9. Safety edge when folding. This is very important, since when folding 2-3 mm is used when printing, you should not have any graphic objects in this area. Add ¼ inch guides to the “columnar” guides on each side. Now you have an excellent document – a template for future projects, be sure to save.

Step 10. Background. As you remember, we use a color model CMYK. Click the foreground color in the color picker and select a background color. Tool “Rectangle” (Rectangle Tool) (U) Draw a rectangle as shown below.

Step 11. Trimming guides. Set the foreground color as shown below, select the tool “Line” (Line Tool) and draw lines as shown below.

Step 12. Put all the layers with lines in a group and name it “Trim guides“. CTRL + G – create a group of layers (you must first select the layers)

Step 13. The author used the texture to give the background the effect of dirty old paper. Texture can be taken in the archive. Transfer the texture to our document on a new layer (using the Move tool), position the texture as shown below, name the layer “Bg Texture“. Using the tool “Stamp(Clone Stamp Tool) remove ink marks and change blending mode (Blending mode) for layer on Multiplication (Multiply), opacity (Opacity) for a layer 40%.

Important: keep in mind the differences in RGB and CMYK color models. You can read more about this here.

Step 14. Select tool “Rectangle” (Rectangle Tool) (U) in the shape mode and draw a strip, as shown below, color any, name the layer “Stripe“.

Apply the following layer styles:
Gradient Overlay \ Gradient Overlay:

Stroke\ Stroke:

Shadow\ Drop Shadow:

Step 15. Press the key combination Ctrl +A (select all), on the layers palette choose the layer “Bg Texture“And copy the selection (Ctrl +C). Make the active layer “Stripe“, Create a new layer, name it”Stripe Texture“And paste the selection (Ctrl +V). Ctrl +T and transform the layer “Stripe Texture “, as shown below. Staying on the “Stripe Texture“Click Ctrl + click according to the layer mask thumbnailStripe“. Invert selection Select \ Invert (Select \ Inverse) and click Delete. Deselect Ctrl +D. Change blending mode (Blending mode) for layer “Stripe texture” on Linear dimmer (Linear Burn). Create a new group, name it Stripe“And put there the layers” Stripe “and” Stripe Texture “

Step 16. The author decided not to use the vertical arrangement of the bands, but to turn them at an angle of 15 ° and 5 °. Select tool “Moving “ (Move Tool) and select the Stripe group, Ctrl +T, change the angle of inclination -15, click on Enter

Pull out another guide.

Step 17. Add a second lane. Select the “Stripe” group and with the active tool “Moving “ (Move Tool), hold down the key Alt and move the strip (this will copy it). Place the duplicated layer under the original. Ctrl +T and rotate the copied bar horizontally. Change the settings in the Stripe layer style (copy): Gradient Overlay \ Gradient Overlay:

Step 18. Turn the second lane. Ctrl +T, change the angle of inclination -five,click on Enter and pull this bar down a few millimeters.

Alignment Since the author wants to add a wrap effect with stripes on the back side, it is very important to place them in the center. Select all (Ctrl + A), select the tool “Moving ” (Move Tool), make the “Stripe” group active and click on the “Horizontal alignment“(Align Horizontal Center), deselect Ctrl +D. Repeat this operation with the group “Stripe copy”

Step 19. Now we add the yellow ribbon. Create a new group between the “Stripe” and “Stripe copy” groups and name it “Ribbon”. Create a new layer, name it “Ribbon”, pull out the guide and use the “Rectangle (Rectangle Tool) (U) in the shape mode, draw a rectangle, as shown below, (slightly wider than red), any color. Select tool “Add anchor point“(Add Anchor Point Tool) and add a point in the middle of the lower width. Select tool “Angle“(Convert Point Tool) and click on the point. Now with the tool “Arrow»(Direct Selection Tool) move the point up, get the corners.

Step 20. Add a layer style to our ribbon.
Gradient Overlay \ Gradient Overlay:
Stroke \ Stroke:

Step 21. Add a shadow to the ribbon. Duplicate the “Ribbon” layer (Ctrl +J), name the new layer “Ribbon Shadow” and rasterize it (right-click on the layer and select “Rasterize the layer” from the list) (place the layer with the copy below the original), move the “Ribbon Shadow” layer down and right. Apply layer style: Color overlay \Color Overlay. Apply Filter \ Blur \ Gauss Blur (Filter \ Blur \ Gaussian Blur) radius tenpx Change blending mode (Blending mode) for layer on “Multiplication“(Multiplay) and opacity (Opacity) for a layer 75%

Step 22. Warp tape. Make the “Ribbon” layer active, Ctrl + T, click RMB and select “Deformation“(Warp), pull the knots to distort, as in the screenshot. Add texture to tape using the technique Step 15. Change blending mode (Blending mode) for layer on “Multiplication“(Multiplay) and Opacity for a layer 50%

Step 23. Add the name of the brochure. Choose the tool “Text (Type Tool (T)) and enter the word. Now on the menu Window \ Symbol (Window \ Character) and in the dialog box set the following settings. Then rotate the text layer to -15. Add a layer style:
Color overlay\ Color Overlay
External glow\ Outer Glow
Inner shadow\ Inner Shadow

Step 24. Repeat the previous step, write the word, but with a smaller font and place it on the bottom bar, apply the same styles. Turn the text layer on -five, change settings for style Color overlay \Color Overlay

Step 25. Create a new layer called “Shadow” below the “Stripe” group. Draw an oval selection with the “Ellipse (Ellipse Tool), color is black and apply Filter \ Blur \ Gauss Blur (Filter \ Blur \ Gaussian Blur) radius 20 px, turn the ellipse on -15, change blending mode (Blending mode) for layer on “Multiplication“(Multiplay) and opacity (Opacity) for a layer 50%

Step 26. We fill the brochure with content. Create Paragraph Text layer for the column “Face 2” font Arial black, The color is black; also the author has added the title of the text, the settings below Once you have created the text layers (there should be three of them), turn them on -15. Do not forget about the boundaries of safety guides.

Step 27. We continue to add text. Note that the rotation angle of the “Contact Us” text layer -five. Create groups for each print area and place text layers in them “Face1”, “Face2”, “Face3”.

We have the first side of our project ready. Save the document and name it “brochure – front”.

Party 2.
Step 28. Hide or delete the “Face1”, “Face2”, “Face3” layers, leaving only the stripes and the ribbon. Create three groups “Face4”, “Face5”, “Face6”.

Step 29. Select “Stripe Copy”. On the menu Editing \ Transforming \ Flip Horizontal (Edit \ Transform \ Flip Horizontal) flip the bar. Do the same with the “Stripe” group. Move the tape as shown below.

Step 30. We continue to add text. Only the rotation angle in this case should be positive, we turn on +15.

Step 31. Add an image, Polaroid Frames, transfer it to our document, name the layer “Polaroid” and place the layer in the “Face5” group. Now paste any image into the dark rectangle “Polaroid” (add a layer mask). Place the layer above the layer “Polaroid” and name it “Picture”, change blending mode (Blending mode) for layer on “Overlap“(Overlay).

Step 32. Merge the layers “Picture” and “Polaroid” into one and go to the menu Image \ Correction \ Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) (Ctrl + U) settings below

Step 33. Add a shadow to the image. Create a black rectangle on the new layer, place the layer under the “Polaroid” layer and name it “Shadow”. Push Ctrl +F, to apply the Gaussian Blur filter with the latest settings. Change blending mode (Blending mode) for layer on “Multiplication“(Multiplay) and opacity (Opacity) for a layer 60% and rotate the shadow layer a few degrees to the right.

Step 34. The final touches. Turn “Face5” slightly to the right, select the “Dimmer (Burn Tool) and slightly darken some areas on our photo

Step 35. The second side is ready.

Do not forget to save the document in PDF format.
Good luck!

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