Greetings, everyone! ♥
I love creating things, beautiful things that come from a grateful heart.
Today I’d love to share a video tutorial and a few resources on how to use a JPEG, PNG, and PSD Photoshop (Smart Object) Mockup file in Photoshop.
When I first started sharing my poetry, I used Mockups to help showcase my work. Mockups are fantastic for showcasing our creations in a more realistic setting.
There are Mockups for everything you can imagine. Products you see online are, most likely, displayed using a Mockup. Yup, clothing, coffee cups, books, and even billboard Mockups can be found easily with a quick google search. There are numerous websites offering free Mockups. MOCKUP WORLD is a gem! Sometimes attribution or a linkback is required, but not always. It’s necessary to read the fine-print, of course; some are only available for personal use, but the majority of Mockups are available for commercial use. You can use the Mockup to MARKET and SELL your creations!
Given my passion for graphic design, I started creating my own Mockups!
You may recall the blog post “Following your passion!” I shared sometime ago asking if you’re familiar with Mockups. Some visitors to the post were familiar with them, but most were not. So, this post has been in the works since then.
We creators should value our work enough to celebrate it. These creations are birthed from a passion, an inner, innate desire to create and chart new waters. Why not celebrate them?!
Mockups … tada … let the celebrations begin!
This is a short video tutorial I made to show how to use a Mockup. You may not use a frame Mockup, as displayed in the video, but the process of using a Mockup remains the same.
Tips for Use:
Easily used to enter your text and/or overlay your photo/print on top of image. Resize your photo/print, if needed, and you’re done!
**PNG file with transparency (frame interior)
Requires a program with layers capability. Place your image behind the PNG file. Easy peasy!
**PSD mockup file with one smart object (frame interior)
In Photoshop, double left click Smart Object layer titled “Your Design Here” then drag and place your design in this new layer. Transform as needed. Press “Enter” to apply changes. Then press “Control and S” to save changes. Close window and your design will appear in original file. To see shadows and effects, please ensure layer is set to “Multiply” blending mode. You’re done!
Note: You don’t need Photoshop to use a Mockup. It really depends on the image file you’re using, as noted in the video tutorial.
Other Image Editors:
Canva (Free or Upgrade for a fee) https://www.canva.com/
PicMonkey (Free Trial Version) https://www.picmonkey.com/
Gimp (Free & Open Source Image Editor) https://www.gimp.org/
Photoshop (Free 7 day Trial Version) https://www.adobe.com/ca/products/photoshop/free-trial-download.html
I opened my little Mockup Boutique to offer unique, creative mockup designs.
In the “Sample of Use” image, I display my own artistic creations.
I also use my Mockups to showcase my poetry and art available for purchase in my
Etsy Shop – Printable Art and Verse.
Two passions collide!
I consider it a privilege to work with fellow creators to help showcase their treasures.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope the video tutorial and resources were useful and inspire you to celebrate your creations!
If you use a Mockup for your creations/designs (WIP, books, poetry, art…), please feel free to share a link to your design(s) in the comments below, and I’ll share them via my Twitter Account @NatalieDucey. It’s share the love day!
All Mockups displayed above are available at:
With much joy and gratitude,