Graphic Design, Inspiration, Marketing

How to use a JPEG, PNG, and PSD Photoshop (Smart Object) Mockup file in Photoshop! #Mockups #Marketing

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.

Square White Frame Mockup accented with flowers and candle available at ND Graphic Designs
Square White Frame Mockup accented with flowers and candle available at ND Graphic Designs

 

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!

You can also purchase Mockups on Creative Market, Etsy, Deal Jumbo, and The Hungry Jpeg just to name a few.

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.

YouTube

 

Tips for Use:

**JPEG file

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

 

8x10 Black Frame Mockup by Natalie Ducey
8×10 Black Frame Mockup available at ND Graphic Designs

Design Studio

I opened my Studio to offer unique, creative mockup designs.

In the “Sample of Use” image, I display my own artistic creations.

I use 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.

 

Still Me a poem by Natalie Ducey
Still Me ~ A poem by Natalie Ducey

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:

Design Studio

With much joy and gratitude,

Natalie Ducey

 

29 thoughts on “How to use a JPEG, PNG, and PSD Photoshop (Smart Object) Mockup file in Photoshop! #Mockups #Marketing”

  1. Awesome post and exceptional tutorial video, Natalie! I’ve worked with layers in Photoshop before, so I was really able to follow along. There’s a whole new creative world waiting out there with mock-ups and design. I really need to find some time to devote to playing around with these. The ones you create are just so gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this highly informative post and for making the vid tutorial. Sooo informative and helpful!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mae, for watching and for your kind words! 🙂 This was a lot of fun to do. When I first started using them, I relied mainly on videos to learn, but had to watch so many to understand the different formats and how to use them. I include this video in all my Mockup listings in Etsy. 🙂 I’m a huge fan of “How to” videos!
      Mockup World is an awesome site for resources. I used a book Mockup file for my books. Super easy and safe to download.
      Thanks again. Wishing you an awesome day. Happy creating! 🙂

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  2. Wow! Natalie, this is a terrific resource and thank you so much for taking the time to put this together and sharing here. Your poems are beautiful and moving and always displayed with such creative skill – a visual treat! You have a natural skill and eye! I’m so pleased to have an idea how you make these creations – and would love to have a go sometime. First reckon I need Photoshop … and then, like Mae said, time! An excellent post! 😀

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    1. So kind of you to say, Annika. Thank you! When I signed up for the “7 Day Free Trial” version in Photoshop two years ago, I had no clue what to do. No clue! Youtube and I are good friends now. 🙂 It’s been so much fun learning the process and a true joy to be able to share that experience with others now.
      There are a bunch of imaging programs to use. Canva works well with Mockups, too, because it has the layers capability. There are loads of Youtube videos. 🙂
      Thanks again. I really appreciate your kind words, as always. Happy creating!

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  3. I used to have a photoshop program until they changed the rules for using it several yesrs ago. I also took a photoshop class in college, but have since forgotten all the steps in using it. Your video was nicely done, easy to understand and a great refresher. Your work is beautiful and I am glad you share it with us and how you put it all together. I am going to have to make the time and relearn it. I like to play around with photos I take and have tried some simple programs with limited success. You have inspired me. Thank you for taking the time to do this Natalie!

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    1. Thanks so much for watching the video, Denise, and for your kind words! When I signed up for the “7 Day Free Trial” version in Photoshop two years ago, I had no clue what to do. No clue! Youtube and I are good friends now. 🙂 It’s been so much fun learning the process and a true joy to be able to share that experience with others now.
      Your photos are so beautiful and after reading your poetry, I can see where the inspiration comes from. Cheers to you! It’s fantastic to have these creative joys. It certainly soothes the soul. Happy creating! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Joy! When I signed up for the “7 Day Free Trial” version in Photoshop two years ago, I had no clue what to do. No clue! Youtube and I are good friends now. 🙂 It’s been so much fun learning the process and a true joy to be able to share that experience with others now.
      There are a bunch of imaging programs to use. Canva works well with Mockups, too, because it has the layers capability. There are loads of Youtube videos. 🙂
      Thanks for saving. Happy creating!

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  4. You are such a creative soul, Natalie. Thank you for sharing this information with us. I have tried to work in Photoshop (free trial version) and it was overwhelming. I do work in Canva a lot though. Thanks for the tips and guides! Great reference and I am Pinning for future use.

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    1. That’s so kind of you to say, Jan. Thank you! When I signed up for the “7 Day Free Trial” version in Photoshop two years ago, I had no clue what to do. No clue! Youtube and I are good friends now. 🙂 It’s been so much fun learning the process and a true joy to be able to share that experience with others now.
      Canva is an awesome tool and works well with Mockups, too, because it has the layers capability. There are loads of Youtube videos.
      Thanks again. I really appreciate your kind words, and for pinning. Happy creating!

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  5. You’re a master at this, Natalie. I love what you do with your poetry. I don’t have photoshop, partly because of the cost and it seems like a big learning curve. But like Jan, it would be interesting to try something similar in Canva. Wonderful ideas.

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    1. So kind of you to say, Diana. Thank you! When I signed up for the “7 Day Free Trial” version in Photoshop two years ago, I had no clue what to do. No clue! Youtube and I are good friends now. 🙂 It’s been so much fun learning the process and a true joy to be able to share that experience with others now.
      Canva is an awesome tool and works well with Mockups, too, because it has the layers capability. There are loads of Youtube videos.
      Thanks again. I really appreciate your visit and kind words. Happy creating!

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  6. Thank you so much for all your tips and clear explanations. I’m definitely going to be studying all yours videos on getting such a professional look for poems and also for a few of my illustrations. It’s also lovely to hear your voice! Kind regards. 🌺🌺🌺

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Maretha, and for watching the video! I love being able to share what I have learned with others.
      Your poems and illustrations are amazing. Cheers to celebrating what we love and do. Happy creating! 🙂

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