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Leather Book Cover in Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial, we will create a book cover for a board book. The book will be an illustrated interactive iPad storybook of A Visit From St. Nicholas.

The dimensions for an iPad app are 1024 x 768 pixels by 72 dpi. Let's start a new project in PhotoshopR with these dimensions.

  1. Set the Foreground color to red (#9b161f). Use the Round Rectangle tool (set the Radius to 5 px) to draw a rectangle for the book cover.

  2. Rename the layer Cover.

  3. To add a leather texture, click Filter - Texture - Texturizer. In the dialog box, set the Texture to Sandstone, the Scaling to 185, the Relief to 3 and the Light to Bottom Right.

  4. To a add the bevel to the edge of the cover, double-click on the layer. In the Layer Style dialog box, set the Bevel and Emboss style with these settings.

    Style - Inner Bevel
    Technique - Smooth
    Depth - 70
    Direction - Up
    Size - 20
    Soften - 10
    Highlight Mode Color - #e18585

  5. Add a new layer and name it Spine.

  6. With the Rounded Rectangle tool, draw a narrow rectangle the height of the cover for the spine of the book.

  7. Add the texture and inner bevel as before. But, set the Depth for the inner bevel to 50.

    You might want to save this image as a basic book cover before we add the details.

  8. Add a new layer and name it Details. Set the Foreground Color to #e2ae47. With the Custom Shape tool set to Ornament 5, draw the shape on the new layer.

  9. Double-click on the Details layer and add a Inner Shadow style.

    Blend Mode - Multiply
    Opacity - 45
    Angle - 120
    Distance - 5
    Choke - 5
    Size - 0

  10. Duplicate the Details layer. Click Edit - Transform - Flip Vertical to flip the shape.

  11. With the same Foreground Color, use the Horizontal Type tool to add the title of the book between the two shapes.

  12. Copy/paste the layer style from the Details layer to the type layer.

  13. Using the same gold color and the Line Tool, draw two parallel 2 px lines along the four sides of the cover. Copy/paste the layer style from the Details layer,

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