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Preview Mockups

When creating preview mockups, the physical size of the product and relative position of the design and mockup are not important because the design images will be inserted into a special layer (Smart Object).

Now, let's look at how you can create preview mockups in Adobe Photoshop.

  1. Create a new PSD file: set the Color mode to RGB, the Height and Width to 1000 pixels, and resolution to 72dpi.

  2. Create a Smart Object, where Customers Canvas will paste the design to preview it. To create a smart object, you can use one of the following approaches:

    • Dragging a design:

      1. Drag your design into the created mockup.

        IMPORTANT: The design file must have a non-transparent background, and its layer size should be equal to the width and height of the mockup (including the bleed zone, if any). If your design is in the IDML format, export it to PDF with the bleed zones saved, if any.

      2. Click Transform > Scale and adjust the size of the design layer relative to the product image. If the product image has a perspective view, then only adjust the approximate height and width of the design layer (proportionally).

      3. Rasterize the design layer (right-click the layer in the layer list and click Rasterize Layer) and convert it back to a smart object (right-click the layer in the layer list and click Convert to Smart Object). This trick allows you to assign settings of the current file to the design layer, which has been converted into a new smart object (the new smart object will be in the PSB format, in the RGB color mode, and with a 72dpi resolution).

    • Creating a design from scratch:

      1. In the mockup, create an object (for example, using the Rectangle tool) with the same aspect ratio as the design file.

      2. Click Transform > Scale and adjust the width and height of the layer proportionally relative to the product image.

      3. Right-click the layer in the layer list and click Convert to Smart Object.

  3. Adjust this layer by using Transform tools so that it is realistically located on the product surface:

    An example of how the mockup and design can fit together.

  4. If there is excess area in the design, hide it by applying a vector mask based on the product outline to the smart object.

  5. Duplicate the layer with the product image (without its background and shadow, if any), place it above the smart object, and apply the Blending Mode to the duplicated layer: either Multiply or Linear Burn.

  6. If the product has a color selection option, create a vector layer in the same way as described in steps 2-4 of Creating Dynamic Mockups, put it under the smart object.

  7. Set up the content of the smart object. Double-click the thumbnail of the smart object, create a new white layer inside the smart object, assign a unified name to this layer (for example, Image), delete other layers, and save the smart object.

  8. Assign a unified name to the smart object (for example, Design). In this case, the smart object will have a Design\Image structure. In the product configuration, you will need to specify the name of the smart object (in this example, Design) that the editor will insert the design image into.

  9. Save the mockup in the PSD format.