When a customer selects and personalizes a product, it's a good idea to visualize a design at different personalization steps. This purpose is achieved by using mockups. A mockup is a special image, which can display a design on a real product. Usually, it's a 3D image, which shows a design in 3D. Mockups allow a customer to see a design not only as a flat image, but on a product, for example, how it looks on a complicated form like cups and so on.
In the PIM module, three mockup types are available: a thumbnail, an editor mockup, and a preview mockup. Each type shows a design at a different personalization step. In our tutorials, we call the steps of selecting a variant, personalizing designs, and approving results as the
Variant Selector step, the
Design Editor step, and the
Preview step. You can read more about each of them in the Concepts articles.
In Troubleshooting, you can read the recommendations about the mockups usage and their features and limitations.
The PIM module support the mockups with embossed or debossed effect. This is the effect of engraving some shapes, texts, or graphics on a product surface. For example, these features are supposed to be used on medals, some plastic or metal products, and so on. You can learn more about the embossed mockups in the Embossed and debossed mockups article.
There is an article about creating mockups in Adobe Photoshop - the Creating mockups for the PIM module article. It consists of all the steps that allows you to create a mockup in Photoshop from scratch. There are instructions for preparing suitable sizes and DPI, creating a smart object. After creating a mockup, you may need step-by-step instructions on connecting mockup to a product and go through all the personalization steps on an example.