Hey guys! Today I’m going to walk you through one of my favorite things. Using styled stock mockup images – I get most of mine from Kate Max Stock because her style is on point to my brand. These are a huge time saver and allow you to have a consistent, branded feel to your social media platforms and website. But you may be wondering how to effectively to utilize them. I’m going to walk you through my process using photoshop. Photoshop allows me to create a smart layer so that I can use the mockup image again and again with minimal work after the initial set up. So while I love canva, this is a job for photoshop in my book if you are after a more realistic look!
How to add content to mockup images
First open your mockup photo in photoshop. And you’ll want to create a rectangle with your rectangular marquee tool that is as close as possible to the size of your iphone screen on the image.
With that selection still visible, go and make a new layer and then you’ll fill that rectangle layer with a color.
Deselect at this point and go over to your “layers” window on the righthand side and right click on the layer you just created. Select “convert to smart object”.
Now for the fun part. Go to Edit / Transform / Distort and you are going to distort your rectangle to overlap and fit your screen. leave a tiny edge of the black from the iphone, as it will look more realistic. Double click to approve the change once you have everything lined up.
Next, go to that layer in your “layers” window again and double click the icon. This will bring up another artboard with your rectangle in it. If you have done the steps correctly, your rectangle will be straight up and down, not distorted to fit the phone like on the photo mockup.
Now, simply drag and drop whatever image you are hoping to display on your iphone screen. For example, here is an email template that I’ve designed. Stretch it to scale and fit the width of the screen but dragging to corners and holding shift.
Once you have it where you want, double click to set and then close the window.
It’ll ask you if you want to save, and yes you do, so confirm. And boom! Your image is showing perfectly over the iphone.
Now this makes it super easy to come back in next time and double click the smart object layer, drop in your new image, save and have a new mockup image for use! You can repeat all these steps for desktop mockups, ipad mockups, print and frame mockup, anything and everything.
Let me know if that is helpful and if it worked for you and your business! If you don’t have photoshop, it’s super affordable from Creative Cloud in a “photography” package with Lightroom which is also valuable as a small business owner. In my opinion it’s way worth the $10 a month investment!
Thanks guys and until next time!
Much love, Jess