The Instagram logo pulls off this effect nicely to create a cracked brown-leather look. How can I create this texture? (regardless of the color)
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I would say the better to use Patters from blending option. You can download lot of leather patters which has nice bump depth and can apply on any color will give a nice leather effect .
One more way is You can use filter> textures ( refer : http://www.webdesign.org/photoshop/textures-patterns/creating-an-awesome-leather-texture-in-77-seconds-with-photoshop.19373.html) even this gives you the required output.