Are you wondering what are free mockups used for and how are they going to help you with your logos and designs and showcasing them in a professional and realistic scene?

Definition

What is a Mockup? A mockup is a file that allows you to create a sample of your product or show your work in a real-world setting without actually having to create a physical product.

Or a simpler version…

A way to show your graphic designs and branding in a photo-realistic scene.

Technical

How do I use mockups? 

You can add your own content in a few simple steps:

  1. Open the PSD file in Adobe Photoshop (or another capable design software).
  2. Look for the smart layer/object labeled “Replace me” or “Add content here” and double-click on it.
  3. A second image (PSB) will appear in a new tab that you will want to drag and drop your content into.
  4. Save and close the PSB file. Click back on the main PSD file.
  5. Your design is now on the free mockup in a realistic view. Easy as that!

You can find a video walkthrough here as well – CLICK

What is a PSB file?

PSB stands for “Photoshop Big” and is usually the file you insert your own content into. These files basically extend your PSD file so you can add extra information to the image. You can find more on that here.

Why does a mockup matter?

When you delivering your final product, you want your clients, friend and colleagues to be able to visually see what the design and brand will look like in a realistic way. This is sure to impress and give your graphic design a WOW factor!

Examples

Here is an example of a free logo mockup that can be used to showcase your latest branding and designs in a photo-realistic scene.

Wood Engraved Logo MockUp

Wood Engraved Logo MockUp – Click HERE to grab it

 

Another example of a mockup that can be used to showcase your branding is a packaging mockup such as this:

French Fries Free PSD Mockup

French Fries Free Packaging PSD Mockup – – Click HERE to grab it

 

I hope this guide expanded your view a bit and showed you what free mockups are all about and how they can help you with your day to day designing and showcasing your latest work.

Help

If you need help on a particular Free Mockup who can you contact?

Please refer to the author of the mockup for more info. Most times on the download pages they offer a comment sections – so you might want to ask there. Else you can just use their contact form or inbox to contact them further.

I get a 404 error after being redirected to a mockup. What now?

Alas, there’s not too much you can do. The graphic designer has probably decided to remove the free item or changed its location to an online marketplace like Envato. You can help to keep our catalog clean by reporting the item. Thank you!

General FAQ

What is a free mockup?

Psd mockups are made with photoshop and they are edited with smart objects where you can simply place your design inside specific smart object layers inside photoshop, save them and see your artwork or design in a photo-realistic scene.

I don’t own Photoshop. What do I do now?

Well, you always have the option to purchase Adobe Photoshop. You can also make use of freelancer platforms like Fiverr or online mockup generators like Placeit that allow you to create individual showcases in seconds – right in your browser!

What Adobe Photoshop version do I need for the free mockups?

You will need to be running Adobe Photoshop CS or later.

Can free mockups be used for print as well?

This depends on two things: Make sure that the mockups come with the right license. For a good printing resolution result please check with your print service to make sure the resolution is sufficient (300 dpi is recommended).

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