Making of Sketchbook wallpapers

 

Tips about how I made the series of Sketchbook wallpapers ( see wallpapers ).

In this simple tutorial, I will write how I made Sketchbook series of wallpapers. I wanted to draw small sheet of notebook paper on wooden table. To start, I found an appropriate stock image of wood texture from www.sxc.hu.
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 1

To make background more interesting, open Effects menu - Distort - Lens correction, and set Vignette amount to about -30..35.
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 2
I could draw sheet of notebook paper using vector tools, but I decided to take actual sheet and scan it. Because paper is white, I put it under black book and scanned this way.
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 3

Open scanned image in Photoshop, open Levels (Ctrl-L), move black triangle to the right as shown here, and white rectangle to the left. Paper should become completely white (no light grey) and background completely black.
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 4

Invert image (Ctrl-I). Then, if your image is "flattened" (there is only one layer called Background) you should "un-flatten" it. To do it, double click Background layer and click OK. It should be claled Layer 0 now. Now, this layer can contain transparency (we will need it now).
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 5

Remove white from the image. Use the following commands: - Ctrl-A (select all)
- Ctrl-C (copy)
- Q (enter quick mask)
- Ctrl-V (paste)
- Q (quit quick mask)
- Del (delete selection)
- Ctrl-D (deselect)

Then use Ctrl-U (Hue/Saturation window) and set Lightness to -100.
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 6

Invert image - our paper is white again. Copy and paste it to our original file (with wooden background).
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 7

If you prefer, you can use the same Hue/Saturation window (Ctrl-U) to
  
make paper beige color (use Colorize checkbox for that).
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 8

Next step is to create shadow that will make paper edges "flow" above the wood a bit. Duplicate layer with paper, make it black (Ctrl-U, lightness = - 100). Open Edit menu - Transform - Warp. On Toolbar, set Warp mode to Arch, and Bend = 2.
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 9

Apply a little Gaussian blur (Effects menu - Blur - Gaussian blur) with radius = 1-2 px. Set layer mode to Soft light or Overlay.
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 10

In Layers palette, move layer with shadow under layer with paper. Select layer with paper and make similar transform, but warp the other side (Edit - Transform - Warp): Warp = Arch, Bend = -1 or -2.
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 11

Find appropriate texture for paper. This is texture I have in my stock images storage.
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 12

Paste it in new layer above layer with paper...
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 13

... and Create Clipping Mask (Ctrl-Shift-G), from Layer menu.
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 14

Scan the sketch, paste it into new layer right after layer with paper texture.
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 15

Set layer mode to Multiply, then Transform (Ctrl-T) as needed - resize and rotate.
 
Sketchbook wallpapers - making of - Step 16

Finally, Create Clipping Mask again (Ctrl-Shift-G or from Layer menu). That's all!
 
   


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