Look at what you should get.
Material for the lesson:
Step 1. To begin with, create a new document, fill the area of 128px by 128px with gray color (Fig. 1). Tool Pencil tool (Pencil) draw the shape of the folder (Fig. 2). Set the grid for each pixel (Fig. 3). Now start redrawing the shape with the tool. Pen tool (Feather) (fig. 4-6).
Step 2. Continue to draw the entire shape to the end.
Step 3. Below is an example of a drawn folder and circled folder with a tool. Pen. In any case, a drawn folder (thumbnail) will be enough to continue the process.
Step 4. Take care of the texture.
Step 5. Create fluffy edges of the texture. Go to Channel palette (Channel Palette) and select the channel that has great contrast between the foreground and background. In our case it is Red (Red) channel.
Step 6. Chose the red channel (Ctrl + A), then copy it and paste it into the working document. In settings Levels (Levels) set the following parameters.
Step 7. Zoom in and try to find the gradient (transition) between black and white in which we will create a brush. Select this area and copy to the new layer (Ctrl + J). See picture below.
Step 8. Hide the original layer. To create a brush, we use again Levels and tool Dodge / Burn Tools (Brightener / Dimmer).
Step 9. We went the right way, choosing the above tools for work. All we want to do is make the white part really white and the black part black. Continue doing this until you get the result as shown in the image below.
Step 10. Now click Shift + Ctrl + D. Invert (Ctrl + I) a layer and create a new brush. See the picture below.
Step 11. Open the Brushes Palette (Brushes Palette).
Step 12. Go to Shape Dynamics (Dynamics of the form), set Size jitter (Oscillation size) at 100% and Angle jitter (Angle oscillation) by 9%. The remaining values should be as in the figure below.
Step 13. Add a mask to the original (color) layer. Fill it with black, then start painting with a white brush. See picture below.
Step 14. Create the right angle on all sides.
Step 15. Now let’s work out some details. Select a standard Photoshop brush, set the correct size and angle for it, and start painting on the mask. See picture below.
Step 16. If you have achieved fluffiness, copy the layer and paste the folders onto the drawing, thereby reducing the size (Ctrl + T). You should have it.
Step 17. Note that any form defect can be fixed easily.
Step 18. Choose a tool Smudge tool (Finger) and walk around the edge of the texture.
Step 19. Make the second layer smaller according to the back of the folder. See picture below.
Step 20. Now you can combine the two layers together.
Step 21 Now we need to darken the back wall of the folder. To do this, go to Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Brightness /Contrast (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Brightness / Contrast), which should be created as Clipping mask (Ctrl + Alt + G). Brightness set to -100.
Step 22 Make the front wall of the folder brighter.
Step 23 Create a little scuff on the edge of the folder. We use the standard brush (grass brush) Photoshop and go in white on the edge of the folder wall. See picture below.
Step 24 It should look outside the box so that the edge looks real. Finger tool can be used again.
Step 25. You can add a shadow to the folder, and the image will now look complete.
Step 26. For those who want to continue, you can do the following: add a label. To do this, using the tool Clone stamp tool (Stamp), remove one spot on the folder.
Step 27. Create an inscription on a new layer.
Step 28. Next we will add random brush strokes on the layer and a dark spot under it. See the drawing.
Step 29. Finish all this with a brush of grass, which was used earlier. Keep in mind that the inscription should be made depending on the slope of the fur.
Step 30. Do not overdo it with the previous step, since the inscription should be readable.
Step 31. Do you want to continue more? Good. Stayed last step. Create a blurred effect of the original image with fur using Filter> Noise> Median (Filter – Noise – Median), set the radius as shown below. Thus, the fur hair will not be visible, but the picture will still be viewed.
Step 32 Now install Blending mode (Layer blend mode) on Luminosity (Glow), 30% opacity and add layer mask. Then gradient from black to white, go over the layer mask.
Step 33 You can add the text below and the icon is ready! Good luck with your work and I wish you many great ideas!