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Mock up image of a Hawaiian sunset
This week’s blog is about how to display your art work in a mockup and where they can be downloaded. There are many places where mockups are offered for free (all but 1 are free in my blog). If you are interested in marketing your images, it is a great way to see if they would look good as different types of products. This has turned out to be a lot of fun since I started going back through some of my older work to place in these these files. This older sunset image was taken on the Big Island at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. The folder for this mockup contained the .psd file with all the layers needed and was called Work Presentation Mockups For Free. Not sure this is a a very useful mockup, but it is pretty cool to see how your image would look to a larger gathering. I might actually use it as a start for a slideshow presentation of my images to a club or community group .

How to Add Your Photo into a Mockup File

  1.  All mockups contain Smart Object layers which need to be opened by double-clicking on the little icon on the lower right corner of the layer.
  2. Once clicked, a new type of file opens up with a .psb ending.
  3. Highlight the layer where the image should be placed. Often there is a layer named “Place Artwork Here” or the company’s logo – highlight this layer to add image above it.
  4. Bring in your image – can go to your Explorer and just drag the file into the PS .psb file. (I like to drag my images in from Adobe Bridge) Usually the image will need to be adjusted to fit the opening correctly. Free Transform handles will be shown that used to fill out the opening. Can right click in the image to get other transform options to adjust the image even more.
  5. Click enter or the check box in the Options Bar to set the transform settings. The placeholder layer can now be deleted.
  6. The Smart Object file (or .psb file) must now be saved so it shows up in the original .psd file – CTRL+S to save and close out of the file. If you try to “x” out of file, PS will ask if you want to save – select Yes and to close .psb file. These Smart Object files can always be re-opened to switch out your image or add adjustment layers.

Pretty simple. Many of these mockup files come with lots of extra groups or adjustment layers in the original .psd file that can to be used to add interesting effects to the overall mockup. Others have adjustment layers in the actual Smart Object that can be used to get an interesting effect to just your image. The above mockup contained a guy in the image that I did not like so he was removed by using the Clone Stamp Tool in the original .psd file on a New Layer.


Mock up Image of three of my Floral Images
This free mockup is totally different from the one above. It is a good way to see how your images (come of my digital painting creations) would look on the wall. This folder contains three different configurations where images can be inserted and each file has 3 individual Smart Objects to add the photos to the different frame positions. The wall and pillow colors can also be changed easily with a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer in the .psd file. The file is called Poster Set Mockups by SparkleStock Lite


Mockup image of a book
Thought this book mockup looked good – if I had written a book it would make a nice notification. The download folder called simplebookcoverfreemockup contains a .psd file where the photo (a Laughing Kookaburra) is added in the Smart Object layer.  This is also where the text layers and the line art bird from Winterland Collection by Bilberry Create Gray png 11 was added – just saved the .psb file (CTRL+S) to update the Smart Object in the original file. The background color can be changed in the main .psd file. This mockup is also available for free.


Image of a mockup with a gramophone on a sign
I really like this street scene image – it took me a while to find an image I thought looked good in the signage area. The graphophone taken at the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, Florida, (one of my favorite St. Augustine places to visit) has a sort of vintage feel which is what the mockup seems to have. That is because the mockup contains a Film group which contains a dust group and a leaks group with several different choices. There is also a regular Leak group and a Glass group. You can even change out the background image with your own! This is a super-nice mockup with so much flexibility – could play all day with these settings. The file is free and named Outdoor Light Ad Mockup.


Image of a painting in a mockup frame
This is a pretty basic frame mockup but I liked the nice green leaf in the mason jar. The image was one I painted in Corel Painter (thank you Skip Allen) some time ago and it looks nice with this kind of setting. This is a very simple mockup – just a Smart Object and background layer with the design items on it. It is called Frame Mockup and is by Gabriela Dantur and unfortunately is not free but is inexpensive to buy at the link.


The following two mockups are pretty basic but really show off possible products nicely. The first one is a very simple mug on a soft blanket and has a very different appeal than just showing a plain ole coffee mug. I had created this snoozing Sumatran Tiger image to actually put on a mug and I think the mockup is perfect for this type of product.

Image of a coffee mug with a tiger face on it
This mug mockup is free and called Sublimations Mug Mockup Coffee Cup by Leo Flo Mockups. It is another really one with just a background layer of the blanket and mug, and the image is loaded into a Smart Object single layer. Of course you can add some adjustment layers here to make your image look the way you want.


The image below of the duck from last week showed up very nicely as a pillow. Another really simple mockup called Free Brand Square Pillow Mockup from freemockupzone which contains several more layers with a Smart Object single layer. I thought it did a good job of making my image look just like a pillow would really look. The floor was darkened to match the pillow tones in the Smart Object (.psb) in this image.

Image of a duck on a mockup pillow

Hope you got some ideas for showing off or selling some of your objects. I have not looked at this too closely, but I think many of my items would be suitable as mugs or pillows or framed. Also it was fun to see how my photos would look on a large screen presentation. That’s it for this week……Digital Lady Syd

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8 responses

  1. Ann Mackay

    The wall and pillows mockup looks really useful. And the street sign one would be fun to play with! 🙂

    05/18/2019 at 12:51 pm

    • Thanks Ann. I hope this gives me some motivation to try marketing some of my images on products like these.

      05/18/2019 at 1:26 pm

      • Ann Mackay

        I’m intending to use Fine Art America – they look lot better than the other PODs. (I used to sell on Etsy but stopped while my parents were very ill and then didn’t want to go back because the site had changed so much.) FAA gives you a ‘website’ of your own, so you can promote your own work easily.

        05/19/2019 at 5:27 am

      • I was thinking the same thing. Need to look into it. Thanks for the heads up!

        05/20/2019 at 9:40 am

      • Ann Mackay

        Another good place is Artofwhere (dot) com – they do mostly clothing but other items like phone caes, mugs, notebooks, bags and cushions and the artist gets a decent commission. (25%) Some of the PODs give the artist very little!

        05/20/2019 at 12:40 pm

      • I have never heard of them – thanks for the info Ann! I had better get busy!

        05/21/2019 at 1:07 pm

  2. I have never really tried to make any mockups. But I have to admit they look good. Certainly an excellent idea if you are displaying photos somewhere and want to see how they could look like.

    05/31/2019 at 12:36 pm

    • I never thought much about mockups, but found that they give a nice feel for ways to use your images. That seems to be a major challenge after creating beautiful images and figuring out what to do with them.

      05/31/2019 at 11:19 pm

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