Journal Mockup Tutorial.
1. Open a new 8 x 10 300 dpi document in Photoshop and name it "Mockup Journal." Add a new layer and make a rectangle with rounded corners.
2. With your marquee tool, square up the left side so that it has sharp corners.
3. Duplicate this layer, close the 'eye' to make it invisible and then switch back to the original layer. Click on the little checkerboard square up in the top of the layers palette to lock your shape.
4. In your underneath color picker, choose a papery sort of color like a very light tan. Hit ctrl >backspace to fill the shape. Change your upper color picker to a shade slightly grayer than your paper color to outline your page edges. Go into edit>stroke> and choose 5 pixels for the size and 'inside' for where you want your line and hit 'enter.'
5. Now here comes the fun part, making some pages for your journal! Choose and capture your paper shape with the marquee tool. Then, with the shape still captured, in the tools palette change it to the wand.
6. Simulaneously hit ctrl>shift>alt> and the Up arrow key. Look what happens! PS makes a duplicate of your shape and piles it on top of the first one. To make the perspective a bit better you'll want to move the shape over while it's still selected. Hit 'V' and move it over.
7. Repeat step 7 until you have a nice stack of pages.
8. Let's make our paper look like it's been read a few times. Go into your Filter palette. Choose Filter>Distort>Pinch. Set your slider to the left at about -25% and click 'OK.' Now our paper stack looks a little less rigid. With the burn tool, shade the pages on the sides a bit to add some shadows, especially on the corners.
12. Create a new layer and name it 'strap.' With the marquee tool make a long skinny rectangle. Choose a complimentary color with your underneath color picker, then hit ctrl>backspace to fill it. Click the little checkerboad in the top of the layers palette to lock it.
13. With your pen tool make a few vertical lines through it in a darker shade. Trim off the edges so they're flush with your cover and use the burn tool at the ends for shadowing.
17. Choose some text or a monogram, center it over the oval and you're done!
Now you're ready to wow stationery companies with your designs. Thanks for reading!