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How to Use Mockups with Photoshop Smart Object Layers


A mockup is a styled photo, typically of a real life scene, that allows you to insert your own image or design. They are often used by designers and online store owners to showcase their products in a styled setting for promotional purposes.


Mockups can save you time and money by giving you high quality photos at an affordable price. They also save you the hassle of creating styled images yourself. Using a few matching mockups can help give your brand a professional and cohesive look.


Most mockups come with three different file types, PSD, PNG and JPG. PSD files can only be used with Photoshop, but PNG and JPG can be used with many other graphic design or editing programs such as Canva.


This tutorial will show you how to use a PSD mockup with a smart object layer in Photoshop.


The beauty of smart object layers is that they allow you to quickly and easily add your own artwork or design without altering the quality, no matter how it’s resized. This way you can always be sure your completed mock up will look its best.


Let’s get started!


Step 1.

Open the .psd mockup file in Photoshop.



Step 2.

Double click the Preview Thumbnail for the “Your Image” layer, in the Layers Panel.



You should now have a screen like the one below in front of you.



Step 3.

Click on File > Place Embedded.



Step 4.

Double click on the photo or graphic you want to insert into the mock up.



Step 5.

Resize your image to fill the template area by clicking and dragging the corners. If

you need to adjust the proportions, click and hold Shift while resizing.



Step 6.

Click the Tick on the menu bar when you've finished resizing.



Step 7.

Click on File > Save or Ctrl + S, to save your smart object.



Step 8.

Close the Smart Object window by clicking the "x".



Your work should now be showing in the mock up. Just two more steps to go!



Step 9.

Select the "Multiply" Blending Mode on the Layers panel. This helps your image

blend into the background photo and look more natural.



Step 10.

Save your completed image by selecting File > Save As and choosing a new name

to preserve your original template.



Congratulations, you did it!


Here are a couple more examples.



I hope you found this tutorial easy to use and helpful.


If you're interested in purchasing some mockups or browsing through my latest stock photo collections, you can visit my Etsy Store here.


Thanks for visiting and have a great day!


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