Draw a simple notepad icon in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a beautiful and simple notepad icon in Adobe Photoshop.

Final image

Step 1

Open Photoshop and click Ctrl + N, to create a new document. Enter all the data as shown in the image below and click OK.

Turn on Mesh (View> Show> Grid (View> Show> Grid) and tie the image to the grid using View> Snap To> Grid Lines (View> Snap To> Grid). First you need a grid every 5 pixels, so follow in Editing> Settings> Guides, mesh and fragments (Edit> Preferences> Guides, Grid Slices) and focus on the “Grid” section. Enter value five in field Line every (Gridline Every) and one in field Internal division by (Subdivision) Also, set the grid color to # a7a7a7. After setting all parameters click OK.

Do not be discouraged by this grid, it will help in further work. Remember that the grid can be easily turned off using the buttons Ctrl + “. You also need to open the Info panel (Window> Info (Window> Info). This will allow you to see the sizes and positions of the figures.

Step 2

Set color # f9e7c3, select toolRectangle(Rectangle Tool) and create a shape sized 120 x 125 pixels Function Snap to Grid Lines (Snap to Grid) will make it easy.

Step 3

Using the tool “Arrow (Direct Selection Tool), mark four points on the figure and open the panel “Properties“(Properties panel) through Window> Properties (Window> Properties). Check the chain button (it should be active), then just enter 3px in each of the lines. At the end your figure will look like the one shown in the figure. (In Photoshop CS6 and earlier versions, there is no corner rounding function, so use the tool Rounded Rectangle , specifying in the field Radius (Radius) 3px – Note translator).

Step 4

Focus on the layers panel (Window> Layers (Window> Layers) and double-click on the existing layer to open the window Layer style (Layer Style).

Activate Stamping (Bevel Emboss), Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) and Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) by setting the settings as shown in the pictures below. Note that the white numbers in Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) point to Position (Location), and yellow – on Opacity (Opacity). Go back to Layer Panels (Layers panel), double-click on the name of your shape and change it to “Page“.

Step 5

Using the tool Pen (Pen Tool) create a horizontal line on 120px as it shown on the picture. The Snap to Grid feature will make it easy. Make sure the new shape is highlighted and focused. Also make sure that Fill (Fill) is not set, then set Stroke color (Stroke) on # 71441b and width in 1pt.

Switch to Layers panels (Layers panel), make sure that a layer with a horizontal line is selected and set it Opacity (Opacity) on ten%. In the end, everything should look like the second figure.

Step 6

Make sure that the layer with the horizontal line is still highlighted and make seven copies of this layer using a combination of buttons. Ctrl + J. Select the copies and arrange them one by one as shown in the first image. The result should be as shown in figure two.

Step 7

Using the tool Pen (Pen Tool) create a vertical line on 100px as shown in the first image.

Make sure the new line remains highlighted and focused. Make sure the fill is not set, then install stroke color (Stroke) on # f5989d, and its width is 1pt. Switch to Layers panels (Layers panel), make sure to select a layer with a vertical line and set it Opacity (Opacity) on 50%. In the end it should turn out approximately as in the second figure.

Step 8

Set color # c69c6d, select toolRectangle (Rectangle Tool), create a shape with size 120px x 25px and place it as shown in the first image.

Using the tool “Arrow“(Direct Selection Tool), mark four points on the figure and open the panel”Properties“(Properties panel) through Window> Properties (Window> Properties). Check the chain button (it should be active), then just enter 3px in the top lines and 2px in the bottom. At the end your figure will look like the one shown in the figure. (In Photoshop CS6 and earlier versions, there is no corner rounding function, so use the Rectangle tool with rounded corners, specifying Radius (Radius) 3px – Note translator).

Switch to Layers panels (Layers panel) and rename the new rectangle to “Top“.

Step 9

In the next steps you will need a mesh size 1px, so go in Edit> Settings> Guides, Grid, and Fragments (Edit> Preferences> Guides, Grid Slices) and install one in field Line every (Gridline Every).

Choose a color # 946a3b, take the tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool), focus on the control panel (top) and set the radius 1px.

Go to the canvas, create a rectangle with rounded edges 7 x 5px and place it exactly as shown in the following figure.

Step 10

Duplicate your tiny rectangle using Ctrl + J. Select a fresh copy and drag it to 15px to the right.

Create a few more copies and arrange them as shown in the second image. Make sure the distance between copies is at least 8px. After you are done, go to Layers panels (Layers panel). Select the layers with all the tiny rectangles, then right-click on one of them and select Combine shapes (Merge Shapes).

Step 11

Open the window Layer style (Layer Style) shapes made in the previous step and adjust all the parameters as shown in the pictures below.

Stamping (Bevel Emboss), Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) and Shadow (Drop Shadow).

Step 12

Set color # ed1c24, select instrument Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool) and place the shapes as shown in the image below. Switch to the tool Partial selection (Direct Selection Tool), select all the key points of the red rectangle, then hold down the key Alt, drag it on 3px to the right as shown in the second figure.

Step 13

Duplicate the red rectangle using Ctrl + J. Select a fresh copy and drag it to 15px right as shown in the first image. Make some new copies and arrange them as shown in the second image. Don’t forget that between each pair of rectangles should be 10px. After you are done, go to Layers panels (Layers Panel), select all layers with red rectangles, right-click and select Combine shapes (Merge Shapes).

Step 14

Duplicate the red rectangles layer (Ctrl + J), select a copy and click Ctrl + [, to place it under the original. Make sure that the copy made in this step remains selected, go to Layers panels (Layers Panel), install Fill (Fill) on 0%, then open the window Layer style (Layer Style). Activate Stroke (Stroke) and enter the parameters as shown.

Step 15

Switch to Layers panels (Layers Panel) and holding the button Ctrl click on the layer thumbnail “Page“to highlight it as shown in the first image.

Continuing to focus on Layers panels (Layers Panel), select the layer created in the previous step and click on the “Add layer mask“(Add layer mask), which is surrounded by a blue circle in the second image. After you have added a mask, the result should be approximately as in Figure 2. Now click Ctrl + D, to reset the selection.

Step 16

Select the red shape layer again, duplicate it (Ctrl + J), select a copy and click Ctrl + [.

Make sure the copy is selected, install it. Fill on 0%, then open the window Layer style (Layer Style). Activate Shadow (Drop Shadow) and enter the parameters as shown.

Step 17

Switch to Layers panels (Layers Panel) and holding the button Ctrl click on the layer thumbnail “Page“to highlight it as shown in the first image.

Continuing to focus on Layers panels (Layers Panel), select the layer created in the previous step and click on the “Add layer mask“(Add layer mask), which is surrounded by a blue circle in the second image. After you have added a mask, the result should be approximately as in Figure 2. Now click Ctrl + D, to reset the selection.

Step 18

Open the window Layer style (Layer Style) for a layer with red rectangles and set the settings as in the image below.

Gradient overlay (Gradient overlay), Shadow (Drop Shadow):

Step 19

Open the window Layer style (Layer Style) for the Page layer and set the settings as in the image below.

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow), Shadow (Drop Shadow):

Step 20

Duplicate the layerPage“(Ctrl + J). Switch to Layers panels (Layers Panel), right-click on the new copy and select “Clear layer style“(Clear Layer Style). Make sure the layer is still selected, lower it Fill (Fill) to 0%, Open the window Layer style (Layer Style) and adjust the settings as shown.

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow), Shadow (Drop Shadow):

Step 21

Set color #ffffff, select instrument Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool), create a shape sized 114 x 1px and place it as shown.

Make sure the new shape is highlighted, go to Layers panels (Layers Panel), reduce it Opacity (Opacity) on 60% and change Blend mode (Blending mode) on Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 22

Set color # a56e3e, select instrument Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool), create a shape sized 6 x 1px and place it as shown in the first image. Duplicate this new shape (Ctrl + J), select a copy and drag it to 9px to the right as shown in the second figure. Make a few more copies and arrange them as shown in the third image. Make sure there is a distance between copies. 3px. After that go to Layers panels (Layers Panel), select all layers created in this step, right-click and select Combine shapes (Merge Shapes).

Step 23

Open the window Layer style (Layer Style) for the shapes created in the last step and adjust the parameters as shown in the figure.

Stamping (Bevel Emboss):

Step 24

Click Shift + Ctrl + Alt + N, To create a new layer, select it and click Shift + Ctrl + [.

Make sure the new layer is selected, select the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool), set color # c7b29a and just click on the canvas. Open the window Layer style (Layer Style) new layer, select Internal glow (Inner Glow) and enter the values ​​as shown.

Step 25

Switch to Layers panels (Layers Panel), right-click on the layer made in the previous step and select Convert to smart object (Convert to Smart Object).

Make sure the new smart object is highlighted and select Filter> Noise> Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise). Enter the values ​​as shown in the image and click OK.

Step 26

For the final steps we will need a grid in 5px, so go to Editing> Settings> Guides, Grid, and Fragments (Edit> Preferences> Guides, Grid Slices) and install five in field Line every (Gridline Every).

Set the color to black, select the tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool) and set its radius to 3px.

Create a shape by size 120 x 125px and place it as shown in the first image.

Switch to Layers panels (Layers panel) and simply drag the layer with the new shape under the other layers of the icon. Continuing to work with Layer panel (Layers panel), make sure that a new shape is highlighted, install it Fill (Fill) on 0%, then open the window Layer style (Layer Style). Activate Shadow (Drop Shadow) and set the settings as shown.

Step 27

Duplicate the layer created in the previous step. Select a new layer and open a window. Layer style (Layer Style). Activate Shadow (Drop Shadow) and set the settings as shown.

Step 28

Choose a tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool) and set its radius to 3px.

Create a shape by size 110 x 100px and place it as shown in the first image.

Switch to Layers panels (Layers panel) and simply drag the layer with the new shape under the other layers of the icon. Continuing to work with Layer panel (Layers panel), turn a new shape into a smart object, reduce it Opacity (Opacity) to 50%, change Blend mode (Blending mode) on Soft light (Soft Light) and go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (Radius) on 10px and press OK.

Choose a tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool), create a shape with size 110 x 60px and place as shown in the first image.

Switch to Layers panels (Layers panel) and simply drag the layer with the new shape under the other layers of the icon.

Continuing to work with Layer panel (Layers panel), install Blend mode (Blending mode) on Soft light (Soft Light) and go to Filter> Blur> Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). Install Angle (Angle) on -90 degrees, drag the slider Bias (Distance) to 100px, click OK and go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (Radius) on 15px and click OK.

Done!

Here is the final result.

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