GIMP Pressed Leather Mockup

GIMP Pressed Leather Mockup 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can create a pressed leather effect with GIMP. This would work great as a logo mockup template for your portfolio, or as a way of branding product photos.

Logo Design Guide


Curious about the creative process that inspires me to come up with design ideas and how I go about executing them? Be sure to check out my logo design guide for a look behind the scenes at my systematic approach to coming up with design ideas.

Learn How To Design Logos

The following is just a brief overview of the steps taken to achieve the effect. For complete step-by-step instructions, please refer to the video tutorial at the top of the page.

Pressed Leather Effect

The first step is the download the leather texture and open it with GIMP. Click the image below to download the texture…

Leather texture

Click for full size image

Once you’ve opened the texture with GIMP, place your logo, text, or whatever graphic you’d like to impress into the leather, on top of the texture in a new layer. You just need to make sure that whatever graphic you use has transparency in and around it. If you’re using a JPEG image, it will not work.

For the sake of this tutorial I will be using GIMP’s logo as an example. You can download a copy of it below…

GIMP logo

Click for full size image

Create an alpha selection around the logo, then toggle off the visibility of the logo layer and feather the selection by 10 pixels. Now create a new layer and fill the selection with black.

150+ Logo Templates

Need a professional logo but have a limited budget? Or are you a designer looking to add to your inventory of design elements? Check out my bundle of 150+ high quality logo templates, all designed by Yours Truly.

Step 1

Set the blend mode of the layer to soft light and drop the opacity to 40%.

Step 2

Now create another alpha select around the layer, invert it, then go to Filters > Light and Shadow > Drop Shadow (Legacy). Use the following presets…

Drop shadow presets

Make sure your input values match those of this screenshot

You will now have an inner shadow within the logo.

Step 3

Go ahead and duplicate that drop shadow layer so that it becomes a little more visible.

Now we’re going to create another alpha selection around the logo and apply the drop shadow filter again, only this time we’ll use white instead of black.

White drop shadow

Same presets as last time, only with white instead of black

This will create soft white glow around the edges of your logo…

Step 4

Now simply set the blend mode of the white drop shadow layer to overlay, and that should do it.

Finished pressed leather effect

And with that, we are finished! If you have any questions or run into any problems, please leave a comment below. As always, thanks for watching!

Get Started with GIMP!

Want to learn more about how GIMP works? Check out The GIMP Series – a comprehensive collection of over 60 videos where I go over all of the major tools, features and function in GIMP and explain what they do, how they work, and why they’re useful.

Get 20% Off All Products

Join the Logos By Nick mailing list to be notified of new posts and receive 20% off all courses, templates, and learning materials. Your information won't be shared with any third parties and you will never receive any kind of SPAM or promotional email from me.

Logos By Nick LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Read affiliate disclosure.

Nick Saporito

Nick Saporito is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer who specializes in branding-specific design. A full portfolio and information regarding services offered can be found at LogosByNick.com.

All stories by: Nick Saporito

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.