Are you making your own journals? A scrapbooker? A graphic novel maker? Here is a fun and easy way to make that texture you see on a marbled composition notebook.
Decide on final size and resolution you will need ahead of time.
For a notebook cover (8.5 x 11) I am using a 9 x 12, 300 dpi image. This will allow for bleed.
Set the file to have a black background and white foreground.
You may use standard, 100% black, or determine with your printer if you should use a rich black (black that is made of more than just black so that it comes out very rich with nice coverage. My favorite is 60c 40m 40y 100k.) I am a pre-press geek, so please bear with me.
Create new file with background contents: white:
In order to get that good “composition cover-y” look, I temporarily enlarge the file to 250%. Then, the applied filters take on the proper proportions:
Then, go to sketch – stamp:You may want to play with the size and look of your texture using the balance and smoothness.
I had to OK and Undo a couple of times until I was happy with the proportions and shapes:Convert back to CMYK and tweak the color balance as necessary to get you back to a good, clean black:
Article focus: How to Make a Cool Composition Notebook Background in Photoshop