How to Make Bookmarks in Photoshop

By Filonia LeChat

Whether you enjoy diving headfirst into a thick, new novel or are reading a number of books all at once, you may find yourself keeping place within your reading material with a scrap of paper, receipt or piece of junk mail. Instead, mix your hobby of reading with a bit of arts and crafts creativity by making your own bookmarks through the Adobe Photoshop graphics software program. Create bookmarks for yourself, family and friends with just a few clicks through some of Photoshop's useful tools, filters and palettes.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital image
  • White paper
  • Printer
  • Ink
  • Thin cardboard
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Step 1

Open Photoshop and select "File," then click "New." Give the file the name "MyBookmark" and set the "Width" to be 3 inches and the "Height" to be 8 inches. Choose "CMYK Color" from the "Mode" drop-down menu and click the "White" button under "Contents." Then click the "OK" button.

Step 2

Click the "New Layer" icon, which looks like a bent post-it note, on the "Layers" palette on the right side of your screen. A new Layer 1 appears; right-click it and select "Layer Properties," then rename the layer "Image."

Step 3

Click "File," then click "Open" and browse to an area on your computer where you have a photo to use for the bookmark, such as a picture of your pet or child. Double-click it to open it on your workspace. Click "Select," then click "Select All" and press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys on your keyboard.

Step 4

Click the "Image" layer on the "Layers" palette and press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys. Click the "Edit" menu, then click "Transform" and choose "Scale," then resize your picture to fit the top area of the bookmark.

Step 5

Add a new layer to the "Layers" palette and name it "Text." Click the "Text" tool, which looks like a capital "T" on the "Tools" palette, on the left side of your screen. Note a new toolbar at the top of the screen. Choose a font, color and size, then click the "MyBookmark" box. Your cursor changes to a blinking line; type text such as "My Bookmark" or "I Love Reading."

Step 6

(Optional) Add more text by clicking the "MyBookmark" box again, typing information such as an inspirational quote or the name of your favorite author.

Step 7

Click the "Background" layer in the "Layers" palette, then click the "Fill" tool on the "Tools" palette, which looks like a tipping paint can. Pull down the "Fill" menu at the top of the screen and choose "Pattern." Then pull down the "Pattern" drop-down menu and select a background for the bookmark. Hover your cursor over the "MyBookmark" box and note that it changes into the paint can; click once and the bookmark fills with the pattern.

Step 8

Load white paper into your printer and turn it on. Send the bookmark to the printer by clicking "File," then "Print" and choosing your printer. Print the bookmark, then glue it to a piece of cardboard and trim around the edges.