Step 1. Let’s start by opening a new document in Photoshop, choosing File> Create (File> New) in the main menu. Is my file size 540? 300px to 72ppi. Since the sheet from the notebook will be white, let’s start by changing the background color of the document.
In an open document, click on the foreground pattern in the toolbar to open a color selection. Select the background color you like. One on which you can easily see white paper (I chose # e9dfb8, which can be entered in the box at the bottom of the color picker). Now just press Alt-Backspace to fill the background layer with a new color.
Step 2. Let’s move forward and assume that we are going to use this piece of paper to draw readers’ attention to the sidebar of our imaginary blog. The most important thing we will need to know is the actual width of the sidebar in question.
Since I’m a fan of running ads on my sidebar and my ad is 250px and suppose we want to have 10px on each side, the width of our sidebar made up of the ad width and frame is 270px in total. Let me also say that we are going to add a small shadow to our paper, which will be about 5px … this means that our actual document will be 265px wide. Here is a math lesson.
Create a new layer by clicking the Create New Layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette. (If the icon in the layers palette is not visible, choose Window – Layers (Window> Layers) from the main menu.) Then double-click on the name of the new layer in the layers palette and rename it to Paper.
Step 3. Now it’s time to create the original form of this document. If your information palette is not displayed, call it now by selecting Window> Information (Window> Info) from the main menu (we will use it in just a second).
Choose a tool Rectangle selection (Rectangular Marquee) from the toolbar by pressing the key M, then make a rectangular selection in the figure. Look at the palette information when you make the selection to make sure it is 265px wide. You can choose the height at your discretion, it should be enough for recording (my choice is 250px in height).
Step 4. Press key D, to restore the background colors to black and white, then just click Ctrl–Backspace, to fill the selection with the background color (white). Click Ctrl–D, to remove the selection.
Step 5. Now we are going to create tear-shaped holes at the top of the paper using a combination of round and rectangular selection. I will try to do everything slowly, even a beginner will get it.
You still have the tool selected. Rectangle selection (Rectangular Marquee), but we want to start by creating a circle, not a square, so you can click the tool button Rectangle selection (Rectangular Marquee). A menu will pop up where you can select a tool. Elliptical selection(Elliptical Marquee tool), or you can just press a key combination Shift–M (these are hotkeys for switching between rectangular and eleptic selection).
Step 6. Look again at the info field to make sure your selection is the right size, click and make selection 12? 12px on the field. Remember that holding down Shift during selection, you will maintain the proportions of a perfect circle. After the selection is made, drag it to a position where you think there will be a hole in the top of your paper. As an approximate guideline, stick to its diameter (about 12 pixels from the edge).
At this point, the zoom can help you; you can do this by pressing Ctrl-+.
Step 7. Now that you have made the selection in the shape of a hole, it’s time to add a rectangular selection at the top of it to represent a line to make a line where the paper is torn on the edge.
Switch to the tool Rectangle selection Rectangular Marquee (Shift-M) while holding down Shift (this allows Photoshop to know what you want to add to the current selection) make a long narrow selection from the top of the circle.
If you need to move the rectangle around after creating it, just press the space bar, this will allow you to move the selection while holding the mouse button down.
All that remains now is to remove the selection, move it to the right in several places and repeat it.
Step 8. All that remains now is to remove the selection, move it to the right and repeat the action in several places.
First, press Delete to remove the white areas inside the selection, and then move the selection to the right by 20px, hold down the Shift key and click the Right button two times. Keystroke SHIFT allows you to move the selection immediately to 10px, rather than to 1. Click Deleteagain, and repeat the process until all holes are made, and then click Ctrl–D, to deselect.
Step 9. Before we go further, let’s add a little shadow to the paper, this will give the document a bit of volume. Right-click on the paper layer in the layers palette and select Blending modes (Blending Options) from the menu to open layer styles.
In the list of styles on the left, click Cast a shadow (Drop Shadow) (do not forget to click on the words and not just on the field, otherwise you will not see the shadow layer style options, it will just be applied by default). Set the shadow parameters as in my example and click on the button Ok, to apply a layer style.
Step 10. Now we are ready to add a few lines on paper. Create a new layer (as we did in step 2) and name it Blue Lines. Click on the foreground color swatch in the toolbar, and change the color to blue, like this one # 97c7df.
From the departing tool menu Rectangle selection (Rectangular Marquee) select tool Selection row (Single Row Marquee) (one that looks like a 1px horizontal selection). Click anywhere on the field to create a full width of 1px horizontal selection, use the arrow keys to find the correct position on the top line and press Alt–Backspace, to fill it with blue. Holding the key Shift (again, so that we can move the selection immediately by 10px) press the down arrow button 3 times to move the cursor down 30px, then fill again with blue and repeat until you reach the bottom of the document. Click Ctrl–D, to deselect.
Step 11. Instead of selecting and removing lines that extend beyond the edge of the paper, we are going to create a clipping mask that will mask the Blue lines on the Paper layer.
Right-click on the Blue Lines layer and select Create clipping mask (Clipping Mask) from the menu. You will know that the layer is associated with the previous one, since now it will point at it with a small arrow.
Step 12. Many notebooks have red lines on the left side of each page, so we will add as well. Create a new layer, name the Red lines. This time we will use the tool. Single column selection (Single Column Marquee) from the departing menu. Change the foreground color to # c74f4f, and just like we did before, click on the field to create a selection, move it to the right place and click Alt–Backspace, to fill the selection with red. Using the arrow keys (without Shift this time) move the selection 3 pixels to the left and fill it with red again, and then remove.
And just like we did with the blue line, create Clipping mask (Clipping Mask) for this layer as well (this will cut the Red lines on the Paper layer). It is also allowed to lower the opacity of the layer to about 30% to make the lines fit a little better.
Step 13. Now we are going to add the texture of our leaflet’s crumpled paper with the tool Brush (Brush). I used brushes that are called WrinkledPaper.abr.
Step 14. Create a new layer in the layers palette called Structure and add Clipping mask (Clipping mask) to the Paper layer in the same way as we did with the Red and Blue lines layers.
Select the last brush that looks like a rectangle of crumpled paper.
Step 15. Make sure the foreground color is black, click D, then align the brush on the paper so that the top left corner of the brush covers the paper as shown below.
Step 16. Click once to draw the structure onto the paper. Set the layer opacity to 10%, so it will be more natural.
Step 17. The work already looks very nice, and we could just leave everything as it is, but let’s take some more trouble to our paper.
Click on the Paper layer in the layers palette to make it a working layer, and then add a layer mask by clicking Add layer mask (Add Layer Mask) icon at the bottom of the layers palette (this is one that looks like a small circle inside a gray rectangle). Adding a layer mask will allow us to edit the paper layer without actually deleting any of its points.
Note that the layer mask is selected by default on the Paper layer (indicated by small black brackets around it).
Step 18. You still have the tool selected. Brush , so let’s go back to them and choose under the name Chalk 60px. Make sure the black color is still set. By drawing black on the mask, we can effectively hide the areas of the layer, without actually deleting them, to bring them back you need to change the brush color to white.
Draw a jagged edge along the base of the paper to make it look like a torn one. Notice that you can see black areas in the window. LayerMask.
Step 19. You can also draw small pieces on the top edge to make them look as if they were torn off when the page was torn out of the notebook. You can increase or decrease the size of the brush with the help of brackets [and]. You can switch to another brush if this one doesn’t suit your needs.
Step 20. Last we add some volume to the bottom edge with a small white brush. Create a new layer at the top of the layer stack and name it Torn White Edges and cut to layer Paper.
Press the X key to go to the white background color and use the same brush. Chalk60px, lightly brush over the bottom edge of the paper to give the severed edge a little more realism. The main thing is not to overdo it.
Step 21 Now, if I wanted to put this document in the sidebar and use HTML to add text, then I would just write my CSS with a line height of 30px (at such a distance from each other lines on paper), and I would have a good dynamic note on the sidebar. But since we’ll work with Photoshop,, and since this is not a CSS learning website, let’s go ahead and add some text right here in Photoshop using the tool Text (Type tool).
Click on the Red Lines layer in the layers palette so that the new text layer appears just above that in the layer stack, and it will by default be clipped with other layers to the Paper layer. Press T to switch between tools. Text and font palette Window – Fonts (Window> Characters) in the main menu, select the font that you like. I chose a font called Violation, which can be downloaded for free from DaFont.com. Set the line spacing to 30px, and the font will be on each small blue line.
Click on the canvas to set a starting point for your text (do not worry if the room is not accurate, you can adjust it if necessary using the navigation tool when you’re done typing). I also reduced the transparency of the text layer to about 75%, which seemed to look better.
Step 22 We have come to the end of the lesson. I hope you learned something useful.
For my final image, I also added a raised edge and added a shadow.