Create a Pixel-Perfect Notebook Icon in Photoshop

Learn how to create a beautiful notebook icon with Photoshop! This beginner drawing tutorial will show you how to create shapes, add texture, and use layer styles to create a quick and easy notebook icon.


Preview of Final Results


Tutorial Resources

· Wooden Background – sxc.hu


Step 1

Open up Photoshop and create new document


Step 2

Open the Wooden background , press Ctrl+ T to scale it fit to our background.Now Image > Adjustment> Curve, like this image



Step 3

And this is result


Step 4

Create a Rounded rectangle (shortcut U) with fixed size 700px x 550px and Radius = 40px. Fill it with color # 742b00


Step 5

Now press Filter > Noise > Add noise


Step 6

Then right click for Blending Option > Drop Shadow


Step 7

And we got result like this, we name it ” cover 1″


Step 8

Next, we create second Rounded rectangle (shortcut U) with same size 700px x 550px and Radius = 40px. Fill it with color # 5c3016. Then press Ctrl + T to scale it a little bit smaller than first rectangle which name “cover 1”. And we name the second rounded rectangle as “cover 2”


Step 9

Duplicate the “cover 2” ,click on Layer thumbnail and change the color with # 742b00. We name this layer as “cover 3” . Go to Filter > Noise > Add noise


Step 10

Next, go to Filter > Blur > Motion blur.


Step 11

Change the layer which name “cover 3” to Multiply and we got a result like this


Step 12

Next, we create the fourth rounded rectangle with fixed size 660px x 520px, fill the color #571803,add the layer style like this image. We name it as ” cover 4″


Step 13

And this is the result


Step 14

Now, we create the fifth rounded rectangle with fixed size 610px x 490px , fill it with color #ffffff .


Step 15

Add Layer style for Drop Shadow


Step 16

Then add layer style for Inner Shadow


Step 17

And add layer style for Gradient


Step 18

Here is the result


Step 19

Create next rounded rectangle with size 610px x 490px,fill color #ffffff and we scale it a little bit smaller like this image . We name this layer as “Paper”


Step 20

Add layer style for Drop Shadow


Step 21

And add layer style for Inner Shadow.


Step 22

We got a result like this


Step 23

Next, we create new layer and name it as “Middle line”, we set up the hard brush(shortcut B) with size 2px and set foreground color #742b00, then pick the Pen tool (shortcut P) and create a vertical line in middle of “Paper” layer. Right click to stroke path and choose tool as brush


Step 24

And this is what we got


Step 25

Create a new layer and name it as “Horizon lines” , put it under ” Middle line” layer. We set the foreground color #017d93 and set hard brush with size 2px. We draw some horizon lines with same ways as we draw middle line(Step 23). Then we set the ” Horrizon lines” layer as Multiply and lower the opacity 50%. And we got the result like this


Step 26

Next, we create a new layer and name it ” Vertical lines”, set the foreground color # ff0000 and hard brush with size 2px.We draw 2 vertical line (use same ways in step 23), then we set the “Vertical lines” layer as Linear Burn and lower opacity 50%


Step 27

Next, we pick the Ellipse tool to draw some circles with color # 000000 and put it like this


Step 28

Now, we pick the Rounded rectangle with Radius = 40px to create a rounded rectangle like this


Step 29

Now, we add these layer style for it


Step 30


Step 31


Step 32

Here is the result


Step 33

Now we duplicate it,right click to clear the layer style,change the color #000000, put it under the metal circle, then go to FIlter > Blur Gaussian Blur


Step 34

And we got the result like this


Step 35

Now we duplicate the metal circle and the shadow and put in like this


Step 36

Next, we create a small rectangle with Radius =40,we name it as ” Red bookmark”, put it over “cover 4” layer and add these layer style for it


Step 37


Step 38

And we got an image like this


Step 39

We duplicate the “Red Bookmark” layer and rename it as ” Blue Bookmark”, in the layer style,we keep the Drop Shadow as it is and and change the Gradient like this


Step 40

Here is the result


Step 41

And we duplicate “Red Bookmark” again, rename it as ” Green Bookmark”,like the step 39, we just change the Gradient for it


Step 42

Here what we got


Step 43

We’ve almost done. Now, we create a Group name “notebook icon” , put all the layers we made into this group (except the Wooden background)


Step 44

Now, we press Ctrl+ T and rotate a little bit to left side. And the final result will look like this


Final Results


Tutorial by Kim Chen

Thank you for following this tutorial. Hope you enjoyed it!

– Kim Chen

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