How to Make a Mini Post-it Note with a Photoshop Tutorial

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How to Make a Mini Post-it Note with a Photoshop Tutorial
Make a digital mini Post-it note with Adobe Photoshop. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Reminders come in all shapes and sizes, such as a pop-up message on the computer or a beeping noise from a cell phone. But to remind yourself of something "old school," go with the old familiar yellow Post-it note. Post-it notes have come a long way since their introduction, with neon colours, vivid designs and a variety of sizes. Try your hand at making a mini Post-it note using Adobe Photoshop, graphics software to help you in your sticky situation.

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop. Click the "File" menu and select "New." Type "MiniNote" in the "Name" box. Type the dimensions of the mini Post-it note into the "Width" and "Height" boxes, such as "2" for each. Pull down the dimensions menus and click "inches" for each. Pull down the "Background Contents" menu and click "Transparent," then click the "OK" button.

  2. 2

    Click the "Color Picker," the top-left square of the two diagonal squares at the bottom of the "Tools" pane. Choose the original yellow Post-it colour or any other colour for your mini note. Click the "OK" button.

  3. 3

    Right-click the shape tool, five icons above the "Color Picker." Choose "Rectangle Tool" from the flyout menu.

  4. 4

    Position the cursor in the top-left corner of the "MiniNote" box, taking care to stay within the grey and white checkerboard working area, and not overlapping into the grey Photoshop workspace. Press and hold down the left mouse button, then drag to the bottom-right corner of the "MiniNote" box. The Post-it note rectangle appears and fills in with colour.

  5. 5

    Double-click the Shape 1 layer in the "Layers" palette on the screen. The "Layer Style" window opens. Check both the "Drop Shadow" and "Inner Shadow" boxes, which give the Post-it note its real, 3D appearance on the screen. Click the "OK" button.

  6. 6

    Click the "File" menu. Click "Save As." Choose "GIF" from the "Format" menu and save the mini note to the computer.

Tips and warnings

  • For a hint at what a mini-sticky note looks like, check the bottom of the "Layers" palette, located in the bottom-right corner of the screen, or click "Window" and select "Layers." The "New Layer" icon, second from the right, is an icon of a sticky note with a bent corner.

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