We draw sheets from a notebook in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will create an interesting illustration with office files.

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Step 1: Turn File – New (File – New) (CTRL + N). Set the parameters of the new document, as in the screenshot below.

* Width: 1222 px
* Height: 1315 px
* Resolution: 300

Step 2: Please download the rar file. In the archive you will find the background image that I created in Photoshop. Now we have a book and a background.

Step 3: Create a new group Layer – New – Group (Layer – New – Group). In this tutorial, we will create many layers, so we will need to group them together so that everything is neatly organized. So, create a group and call it “File_1”. The name of the group should be simple and clear, so that you can more easily navigate the panel of layers.

Step 4: After that, transfer three layers from the archive to the group, as shown below.

Step 5: By moving the layers, you can click on the small gray triangle near the group name to expand / collapse it. When it is collapsed (or hidden), we have more free space on the layers panel. If you need to hide layers in a group, you do not need to click on each, just hide the folder itself.

Step 6: Now we will draw several separators, which is usually used in notebooks on the rings, using the selection tool.

On the toolbar Photoshop select Polygonal lasso(Polygonal Lasso) (L). With its help we create a simple selection, like mine. Then fill it with color using Paint bucket tool(Fill) (G).

Step 7: Remove some areas of the sheet. Activate Eliptical marquee Tool (Oval selection) (M), create selections and click DELETE.

Step 8: Repeat the whole process with a blue separator. First, create a new layer (CTRL + SHIFT + N), draw a selection and fill it with blue (# 163b57).

Step 9: Now we need to create a shadow. Double-click on the layer with the blue separator, in the window that appears, set the parameters as shown below.

Step 10: We ended up with this separator and, as you can see, with the shadow it began to look better.

Step 11: Pay attention to the sheet of notebook. It was created using the “Region” selection tool group, namely Rectangular marqueeTool (Rectangular selection) (M), Area (vertical line) / Single column marquee, Area (Horizontal line / Single row marquee).

Note: Please note that the image shows a light green separator, it is created using the blue separator technique.

Step 12: Create a new group. We call it “File_2”. We systematize all the groups as shown below.

Step 13A: Now I will show you how to create a pencil. Choose color # e6b23c. Activate Rectangular marquee tool (Rectangular selection) (M). Holding the SHIFT key, create a rectangular selection and fill it with a color on the new layer.

Step 14: Create a new selection. This time the color should be lighter.

Step 15: In the same way, using other colors, create an eraser on the pencil. Need to add more shadows.

Step 16: Double click on the pencil layer to open the Layer Style window. Set the parameters as in the screenshot below.

Note: Additional information on creating a pencil can be found here.

Step 17: Now we need a simple sketch that we put on a piece of paper. You can draw a sketch yourself, or find it on the Internet.

As you can see, the sketch is located as if on a sheet of notebook, therefore the layer with the outline should be on top of the layer with the sheet of notebook. And for this you need a little order your layers so as not to get confused. Next, duplicate (CTRL + J) layer with a draft. The blend mode of the original layer is set to Linear burn (Linear dimmer), and for the copy – Color burn (Blackout basics).

Note: to create an eraser you will need a palette of pink shades, indicated in step 15, selection tools, dimmer / Clarifier , layer style – Shadow.

Step 18: As you can see, I finished the creation of this illustration with only three groups (1- background, 2 – notebook sheets, blue and green separator, 3 – orange separator, sheets from notebook, pencil, sketch). But in each of them there are many layers.

Step 19: Go to the layers panel and select the option Flatten (Merge). Now we have only one layer.

Step 20: We’ve finished the illustration, it’s just a little work to do on the layers panel. Duplicate the layer and set the topmost blend mode to Color burn (Blackout basics). As a result, dark colors become more intense. Once again duplicate the layer and set the blending mode to Color burn (Blackout basics) and Opacity (Opacity) reduced to 22%. And once again duplicate the layer and set the blending mode to Pin light (Spot light) and Opacity (Opacity) reduced to 13%.

At this point I decided to finish. I hope the lesson was helpful to you.

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