Learn How To Create An Open Book In Photoshop

In todays tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create a sleek book with a nice leather textured background. Lets get started.

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What We’ll Be Creating

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Resources Used In This Tutorial

Lets Get Started!

Create a new document (Ctrl + N) 1200 x 800 pixels with any colored background. Open the leather texture which can be downloaded from the resource list.

Drag the leather texture on to your canvas then resize it to fit the canvas by pressing (Ctrl + T), then desaturate the texture by going to “Image > Adjustments > Desturate (Shift + Ctrl + U).

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Create a new layer above the leather texture layer then drag a white #ffffff to black #000000 radial gradient (G) over the canvas.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Once you have dragged the gradient over the canvas, set the gradient layers blend mode to “Multiply”.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Creating The Book Cover

Select the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” (U) with a radius of 15 pixels.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Now drag out a rectangle which will be the left side of the book cover.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Select the “Vector Mask Thumbnail” from within the layers window then select the “Rectangle Tool” (U). In the rectangle option toolbar at the top change the option to “Add To Shape Area”.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Drag out a rectangle over the rounded corner to make it square.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Repeat these steps for both corners then duplicate the layer and flip horizontally. Using the “Move Tool” (V) move the duplicated layer next to the original flat edge to flat edge, leaving a small gap in between..

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Adding The Texture To The Book Cover

Select one of the book rectangles then add the following layer styles.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Once you’ve added the layer styles, right-click the layer and select “Copy Layer Styles”. Paste the layer styles onto the other rectangle layer. You should have something like this.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Creating The Paper

Select the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” (U) then drag out a rectangle half the size of the book cover.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Select the “Rectangle Tool” (U) then in the options toolbar at the top change the option to “Add To Shape Area”. Now drag a square over the left or right rounded corner of the page (Depending on what side of the book your working on).

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Make the square on both top and bottom corners. Notice also how the paper is aligned slightly towards the top of cover.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Duplicate the paper, flip it horizontally then align it next to the original layer.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

To the left rectangle add the following layer styles.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

You should have something like this.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Now simply copy and paste the layer styles to the other rectangle only this time flipping the angle of the gradient.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Duplicate one of the page layers, clear the layer styles by right clicking the layer and selected “Clear Layer Styles” from the fly out menu. Select the “Move Tool” (V) then move the duplicated page up then go to “Edit > Transform > Distort” move the left or right side depending on what page your working on downwards so the bottom corner of the page touches the bottom of the spine.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Now add the following layer styles to the book.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

You should have something like this.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Repeat the steps above for as many pages as you want building up, distorting and flipping the gradient angle for each page.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Adding Noise To The Top Pages

Select the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” (M) then drag a marquee around the book covering both left and right pages. Fill (G) the marquee with the color black #000000 then apply the noise filter “Filter > Noise > Add Noise”.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Load a selection around the left or right page of the book then invert the selection “Select > Invert”. Once inverted hit the delete key and set the noise layers opacity to around 3%. Repeat these steps for the other page.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Adding The Book Marker

Before we go ahead and create the ribbon let’s first define the spine area. Select the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” (M) then make a selection around the center of the book.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Select the “Gradient Tool” (G) then drag a reflected gradient over the selected area. Once your happy with the gradient set the layer opacity to 15%.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Select the “Pen Tool” (P) then starting from the top right page draw out a black ribbon like shape.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Once your happy with the shape add a “Gradient Overlay” using what ever color you think looks best. I went for a nice red reflected gradient.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

Now duplicate the ribbon layer and drag it underneath the original layer, clear the layer styles by right clicking and selecting “Clear Layer Styles” from the fly out menu. Select the “Move Tool” (V) then move the duplicated layer down and across by a couple of pixels, add a black #000000 color overlay then blur the shape by around 1-2 pixels. Finally set the opacity to around 42%, the aim here is to make a very subtle shadow.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

All that’s left to do now is add some text to the pages, then you should have something that looks similar to mine.

Conclusion

Thanks for taking part in this tutorial, if you managed to finish this tutorial I’d love to see some of your results. Feel free to post them up on our Facebook Fan Page Or Tweet them via twitter @photoshop_plus.

Learn How To Create A Sleek Open Book

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  1. February 23, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    wow nice tutorial….i must try this open book tutorial.. thanks for sharing.

  2. February 28, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Thought this was a great little tutorial. I really like the leather texture and the use of gradient to give it extra feel. I also really like how you have created the book and think that this could be great as an icon. I found the tutorial very easy to follow and this will be a tutorial I will be experimenting with to see what I can create and push it forward. Great job and I look forward to more from you.

  3. Megha
    March 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Very nice thought to Starters.

  4. March 4, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Nice! I really like the leather feel of it.

  5. anyarthu
    March 5, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Thank for this tutorial.

  6. March 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    i really enjoyed this tutorial

  7. May 17, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    experimenting with to see what I can create and push it forward. Great job and I look forward to more from you.

  8. May 19, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    Oh! nice design in Photoshop. Now i’m trying to design. Cool and cute tutorial. Thanks for this tutorial.

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