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Sketchbook wallpapers - making of

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.

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To make background more interesting, open Effects menu - Distort - Lens correction, and set Vignette amount to about -30..35.

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.

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.

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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

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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.

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Invert image - our paper is white again. Copy and paste it  to our original file (with wooden background).

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

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Next step is  to create shadow that will make paper edges flow" above the wood a bit. Duplicate layer with paper

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

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.

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Find appropriate texture for paper. This is texture I have in  my stock images storage.

12

Paste it  in new layer above layer with paper...

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... and Create Clipping Mask (Ctrl-Shift-G), from Layer menu.

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Scan the sketch, paste it into new layer right after layer with paper texture.

15

Set layer mode to Multiply, then Transform (Ctrl-T) as needed - resize and rotate.

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Finally, Create Clipping Mask again (Ctrl-Shift-G or from Layer menu).

That's all!

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הערות {37}

Ваня 9 נובמבר 2008
Brilliantly)

bluekatamari 21 נובמבר 2008
that golden, thank you very much

erinamelia 3 דצמבר 2008
wow! thank you!

Elenka_ZP 13 ינואר 2009
Мило! Когда появится перевод? =)

22 אפריל 2009
Excellent guide! I love this drawing in the example above! :)

alexsis 10 ספטמבר 2009
not so cool

Kang 22 ספטמבר 2009
Its awesome. You should have some more trics like that.

Ökkeş 1 נובמבר 2009
Mükemmel

dragon!! 24 נובמבר 2009
So Good~

Suga 10 דצמבר 2009
Wow. NICE

clippingimages.com 18 ינואר 2010
very nice.keep it up.

lol 4 מרץ 2010
mmmmmmmmmmm...................

Moky 9 אפריל 2010
nice!

16 אפריל 2010
shocking!

JazzaMonster 10 מאי 2010
that was totally AWESOME! im a total fan!

5 מרץ 2011
awesome!

Andreea 31 מרץ 2011
Great! Congratulations!!!!!

Cris 4 יוני 2013
Vlad, thanks for your awesome tutorials and congratulations to your fantastic art: you are a truly ingenious artist :-D ! - Stay inspired and inspire, with best regards & wishes from Germany :)

PollyPicasso 14 נובמבר 2008
Hats off to another brilliantly pulled off wallpaper ..... I must confess I am a total fan of all that you do !!!!!

Iare 27 נובמבר 2008
Very nice idea, and concept.

KID 7 דצמבר 2008
很不错.

Din Fernandes 14 ינואר 2009
Brutal

George 14 יולי 2009
Brilliant!

MANSOUR FADUL BAKHIET 3 ספטמבר 2009
COOL...

Svan 20 ספטמבר 2009
Great tutorial. Thanks!

20 אוקטובר 2009
iio

Hi Hero! 21 אוקטובר 2009
Harikasınız =D

WaZZuP 29 נובמבר 2009
not bad

Dewa 8 דצמבר 2009
Coooolllllll

Nancy Kant 18 פברואר 2010
u r a genius!!!

kiah 27 פברואר 2010
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andreea 11 אפריל 2010
What program do you use? Nice work by the way.

Mel 23 אפריל 2010
Nice one!!!

GOD 13 מאי 2010
просто и со вкусом

Andie 31 אוגוסט 2010
I really like your work it is amazing!!!

mary 21 אוקטובר 2011
cooooooooooooooooooool!!!!

j 6 ספטמבר 2012
nice one

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