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Mac OS X Leopard Folder in Photoshop

Learn how to create the popular Mac OS X Leopard Folder icon using Photoshop in just Ten Easy steps. Comes with a PSD, useful brushes and custom shapes!

Note

Before you begin reading this tutorial, I highly recommend that you learn how to use the “Pen Tool”. If you’re not an experienced photoshoper you might want to read this tutorial as it goes over basic “Pen Tool” skills.

Step 1: Create a New Document

Create a new Photoshop document with the dimensions of 512 x 512 pixels and a transparent background. This is the perfect size for the icon we are trying to make.

Step 2: Setup

Enable the Grid by going to View > Show > Grid. Also enable Snap by going to View > Snap. Enabling Snap makes it easy for us to draw precise shapes using the pen tool.

Also, set the Pen Tool to “Shape Layers” like shown below:

Step 3: Create A Shape

Grab the Pen Tool and make a Shape similar to the one below and name it “Folder_Top”. If you have any difficulty in creating this shape, you may download this custom shape I made and use it instead.

Step 4: Add Style to “Folder_Top”

Double click on “Folder_Top” to activate Blending Options and apply Gradient Overlay using #a0c0d9 as the foreground color and #8cb2ce as the background color. Be sure to click on Reverse.

Now let’s add some Stroke to “Folder_Top”. Use the color #80adcf and lower down the Opacity to 80%. Also, add Bevel and Emboss to “Folder_Top”. Use the settings shown below:

Step 5: Create Another Shape

Now that we’ve created the top half of the folder, it’s now time to create the bottom half.

Hide “Folder_Top” and create a new Shape like the one shown below and name it “Folder_Bottom”. Again, if you have any problem in doing so, you may use this custom shape I made.

Step 6: Add Style to “Folder_Bottom”

Note

This time we are using a different foreground and background color because we want “Folder_Bottom” to stand out and look different from “Folder_Top”.

Double click on “Folder_Bottom” to activate Blending Options and apply Gradient Overlay using #b2cbde as the foreground color and #79a5c6 as the background color. Again, be sure to click on Reverse.

Now let’s add some Stroke to “Folder_Bottom”. Use the color #80adcf and lower down the Opacity to 80%. Also, add Bevel and Emboss to “Folder_Bottom”. Use the settings shown below:

Now make “Folder_Top” visible. Your resultant image should look something like this:

Step 7: Add More Styling to “Folder_Bottom”

Now that we’ve added Gradient Overlay and Stroke to “Folder_Bottom”, it’s time to get more precise so that we have a realistic feel.

So let’s add some Noise. Duplicate “Folder_Bottom”. Rasterize the new layer by simply double clicking and selecting the respective option. Name this layer “Folder_Bottom_Noise”. Also, be sure to turn off any layer style on “Folder_Bottom_Noise”.

Now select the Magic Wand from the Toolbox and click inside “Folder_Bottom_Noise”, selecting the folder shape like shown below:

Fill the selection with #79a5c6 using the Paint Bucket Tool. Then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Use the settings shown below:

Once you have successfully added noise to “Folder_Bottom_Noise”, lower down the opacity of the layer to 15%.

Now let’s add some more detail to the folder. Duplicate “Folder_Bottom”. Rasterize the new layer by simply double clicking and selecting the respective option. Name this layer “Folder_Bottom_Sketch”. Again, be sure to turn off any layer style on “Folder_Bottom_Sketch”.

Now select the Magic Wand from the Toolbox and click inside “Folder_Bottom_Sketch”, selecting the folder shape like shown below:

Fill the selection with #79a5c6 using the Paint Bucket Tool. Then go to Filter > Sketch > Graphic Pen. Use the settings shown below:

Once you have successfully added the sketch effect to “Folder_Bottom_Sketch”, lower down the opacity to 10%.

And finally, create a new layer and name it “Folder_Bottom_Scatter”. Grab the Lasso Tool and create random scatter like shown below:

Tip

You might want to hold down the Shift button while drawing the scatter.

If you have any difficulty in doing so, you may use this “scatter” brush I made. Now fill the selection with #80adcf. Once that is done, you should have something that looks like this:

Step 8: Add More Styling to “Folder_Top”

Hide “Folder_Bottom”, “Folder_Bottom_Noise”, “Folder_Bottom_Sketch” and “Folder_Bottom_Scatter”. Then select “Folder_Top” and Duplicate it. Rasterize the new layer and name it “Folder_Top_Noise”. Make sure that any layer style is set to off.

Now select the Magic Wand from the Toolbox and click inside “Folder_Top_Noise”, selecting the folder shape like shown below:

Fill the selection with #79a5c6 using the Paint Bucket Tool. Then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Use the settings shown below:

Once you have successfully added noise to “Folder_Top_Noise”, lower down the opacity of the layer to 15%.

Now let’s add some more detail to the folder. Duplicate “Folder_Top”. Rasterize the layer by simply double clicking and selecting the respective option. Name this layer “Folder_Top_Sketch”. Again, be sure to turn off any layer style.

Now select the Magic Wand from the Toolbox and click inside “Folder_Top_Sketch”, selecting the folder shape like shown below:

Fill the selection with #79a5c6 using the Paint Bucket Tool. Then go to Filter > Sketch > Graphic Pen. Use the settings shown below:

Once you have successfully added the sketch effect to “Folder_Top_Sketch”, lower down the opacity of the layer to 10%.

And finally, create a new layer and name it “Folder_Top_Scatter”. Grab the Lasso Tool and create random scatter like shown below:

Set “Folder_Bottom”, “Folder_Bottom_Noise”, “Folder_Bottom_Sketch” and “Folder_Bottom_Scatter” to Visible. Once that is done, you should have something that looks like this:

Step 8: Add Shadow

Duplicate “Folder_Bottom” and Rasterize it. Name the new layer “Shadow_Top”. Also, be sure to turn off any layer styles. Place this layer between “Folder_Bottom” and “Folder_Top_Scatter” like shown below:

Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Apply the settings shown below:

Once you’ve done that, position “Shadow_Top” like shown below: (Make sure it can be seen when “Folder_Bottom” is visible. You might also need to use the Free Transform Tool by going to Edit > Free Transform in order to change the size of “Shadow_Top” so that it looks like the image shown below)

Then lower down the opacity of “Shadow_Top” to 30%.

Next, grab the Rectangle Tool and draw a rectangle like shown below: (Make sure that the rectangle is below “Folder_Bottom” )

Name the shape “Shadow_Bottom” and Rasterize it. Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Apply the settings shown below:

Position “Shadow_Bottom” like show below: (You might have to use the Free Transform Tool to edit the size of “Shadow_Bottom”)

Your resultant image should look something like this:

Step 10: Add Logo

Now let’s add a logo to our folder. Create a new layer and name it “Logo”. Now draw any shape you like (I’m using an “X” in this case).

Fill your shape with #7a9db8 and lower down the opacity to 80%. Then double click on “Logo” and select Blending Options. Add Drop Shadow and Inner Shadow to your shape using the following settings:

Final Image:

Now that you have completed all steps, your image should look something like this: (If it doesn’t, then feel free to check out the .psd file included in this tutorial).

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