Hey, after a while i’m back with a drawing tutorial. In this Awesome Photoshop tutorial i’m going to show you how to create an i-Pad inspired bookshelf illustration. Through out this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a basic wood texture, create a bookshelf and put some books in. Have fun.

Here is the Final Image
Before we start lets see the final image we’ll create through out this tutorial. You can download the layered PSD document here.

Before You Start | Tutorial Details:
Software Used: Adobe Photoshop
Tutorial Time:
Difficulty Level: ★★★
Files to Download: (Optional)
Book Cover 1
Book Cover 2
Book Cover 3

Create a New Document
Let’s start by creating a new document which is 768 x 1030 pixels at a resolution of 300 pixels/inch, make sure Color Mode is set to RGB

Simple Wood Texture
Create a new layer named "Back". Fill it with any color. Set Foreground Color to #e0ad5e and Background Color to #eec375. Go to Filter > Render > Fibers. Set Varience to 15 and Strength to 25. Then go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur, set Angle to 90 and Distance to 100 pixels

Simple Wood Texture
Hit Command+T and set Reference Point Location to middle left. Set Horizontal Scale (W) to 50 and apply. Duplicate the "Back" layer and drag and place the copy in the right half of the canvas. Hit Command+E to merge the both Back layers

Simple Wood Texture
Go to Filter > Liquify. Get the Turbulence Tool and under Tool Options, use these settings: Brush Size => 60, Brush Density => 100, Brush Pressure => 70, Brush Rate => 100 and Turbulent Jitter => 100. Drag 3 to 5 vertical lines slowly with a shaky hand to enhance the wood texture

Now apply an Inner Shadow Layer Style using these settings: Blend Mode => Linear Burn, Color => Black, Opacity => 70%, Distance => 0 and Size => 250

Add Some Guides
Get The Rectangular Marquee Tool, set Style to Fixed Size, set Height to 64 px and make a selection like in the below image. Drag a Horizontal guide and snap it to the selection as in the below image

Create The Top
We’ll make another rectangular selection. This time set Width to 128 px and Height to 768 px and place the selection anywhere in the canvas like in the below image. Select "Back" layer in the Layers Panel, hit Command+C to copy, then Command+V to paste the selection into a new layer. Name the new layer "Top". Hit Command+T, rotate it 90 degrees and place it at the top of the canvas as in the below image

Create The Top
Create a new layer on top. Get the Line Tool, set Mode to Fill Pixels, set Weight to 1 px. Set Foreground Color to #c9984d. Holding down the Shift key draw 14 horizontal lines as in the below image. Go to Filter > Liquify. Pick the Twirl Clockwise Tool and under Tool Options use these settings: Brush Size
=> 130, Brush Density => 50, Brush Pressure => 15 and Brush Rate => 80. Drag over the lines slowly from left to right and right to left with a slowly shaking hand. You can undo and try again. When you’re happy with the result hit OK. Hit Command+E to merge "Layer 1" and "Top" layers.

Create The Top
Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise, set Amount to 2% and hit OK. Hit Command+T and scale the "Top" layer down as in the below image. Then Apply a Gradient Overlay Layer Style and use these settings: Blend Mode => Soft Light, Opacity => 50%, Gradient => Black, White, Style => Linear
and Angle => 90 degrees.

Add Some Shadow
Command-click the "Top" Layer Thumbnail to load the selection. Create a new layer below the "Top" layer and name it "Top Shadow". Fill the selection with color #552200. Now deselect by hitting Command+D, then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and apply with a Radius of 40 pixels. Get the Move Tool and move the shadow 40 pixels down

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What People Said About This Post:

  1. One word : Beautiful…. I appreciate the attention you give to the tiniest of details… very neatly executed Eren.. good work!

  2. Dianne

    That is really nice. Thank you for this tutorial!

  3. Raphael

    That’s amazing!!!
    And I just wanna tell you that the “Create an Impossible Triangle Illustration” page is not loading :)

  4. Faso

    Fantastic! Great tutorial.

  5. praveen


  6. Congrats Eren, again, extraordinary work..

  7. I was just starting, I thank you very useful help

  8. Frank


    Pro tuts for all. Awesome. Very easy to understand. Fantastic details and effects.

    Thank You!

  9. super awesome tutorial, I’ll try it with my own wood texture

  10. mr awesum

    it took me 2 hours dude!! :(

  11. best photoshop tutorial i’ve seen in many months..fantatic level of details, great!

  12. Prathap

    Man you are really a we some ie awesome

  13. A great quality and funny to do tutorial!

    A question I have is if you get all the things done as you go or does it have a bit of experimenting?


    • Eren Göksel

      Hey Daniel,
      actually both. For drawing tutorials like this one, i think of the the final image first and do some experimentation to achieve the specific look.
      Sometimes i play around with filters, patterns, brushes etc. and find some good tutorial concepts.

      Glad you liked the tut by the way.

  14. I have been searching for a tutorial on how to make this book shelf. I think its a great example of digital craft as the bookshelf looks playfully real yet being created entirely from photoshop. I think it would work really well on a web 2.0 e-commerce book store

  15. Saintlammy

    Great! But I have a problem where u said to drag one horizontal and one vertical guide and snap them around the selection…how to do that i dont know. pls help me, am new to photoshop and i use CS2…Help me pls!

    • Eren Göksel

      you need to make rulers visible first by hitting Command-R (Ctrl – R). Then you can click on the ruler and drag.

  16. Jennifer

    I can’t thank you enough. Wonderful information. Incredibly easy to follow. Beautiful results. Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

  17. Best self-made wood I’ve ever seen – and Ive been doing this awhile! Only other addition I made were 2 inset lines where the vertical wood meets the horizontal wood. Looking forward to more of your creations. Great job!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing a wonderful tutorial! I have learned a great deal today! Wonderful detail in the book shelf! A++ tutorial

  19. Aaron

    Really great tutorial!

  20. This is just a really really well put together tutorial. One of the best I have found. Such a beautiful outcome. Thank you and please write more.

  21. Kenneth


  22. Genie

    Thanks for such an awesome tutorial. Is there one for people who don’t own a mac?

  23. Simon

    Thank you so much for such a brilliant tutorial. It was very easy to follow and didn’t make assumptions regarding the photoshop user’s experience level.

    I really appreciate the time that you must have taken to prepare this tutorial – I wish others could write excellent tutorials such as this!!

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