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1.2 Getting Started

Here we’ll talk about the software and resources that you’ll need to create product mockups and follow along with the course projects. I’ll also show you how I create the flat artwork for grafting onto mockups.

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1.2 Getting Started

Hey guys, welcome back. Before we dive into learning about product mockups I want to use this lesson to introduce you to the software that we'll be using to create the images. And also to let you know about the resources that we'll be using to create the mockups in the project lessons. Okay, so the two software programs that you'll need access to, to be able to follow along with the projects is Adobe Illustrator which is a vector drawing program, and Adobe Photoshop which is an image editing program. Now, you may well have had a bit of contact with these programs before or they could be relatively new to you. So I'm going to explain exactly what I'm doing as I go so you can follow along each step with me. There's actually a three step process to creating a packaging design and a product mockup. The first stage is creating the flat 2D design for the packaging in the program that you prefer to work with. Now for me I personally like to put designs together in Adobe InDesign which gives me a bit of control over page size and print prep like adding a bleed and margins. And I can also bring over vector art work from Illustrator like logos and graphics, and drop them on to the in design layout. But there really is no right or wrong software to use for creating your own flat designs. Some designers prefer to use Illustrator or others might like Photoshop instead. As long as you can export your design as a print ready PDF at the correct dimensions, it's all good. But in this course we're going to skip this stage and focus purely on what you should do once you have your 2D designs ready to go. For creating 3D shapes to build our product designs on we're going to be using Adobe Illustrator. I'm going to be using illustrate a CS6 for the lessons but you can also use version CS4, CS5 or CC. For editing mockup templates and creating our own photo realistic mockups will be using Adobe Photoshop. And again, I'm using C6 but you can get the same functionality from CS4, CS5, or CC, too. If you don't already have Illustrator and Photoshop installed on your computer you can head over to adobe.com and download a 30-day trial of the software before you even commit to purchasing. Which gives you more than enough time to complete this course and decide if Adobe software is gonna be the best choice for you. Okay, so to create some product mockups you're going to need a bit of help in the stock image department. Some very simple product mockups you can create completely from scratch which you look at a little later in the course. But to introduce subjects or more complex products into your mockups is about a million times easier to use stock photos as a foundation for completing your design. It's also going to be a huge time saver and the end result is going to look way better. So investing in a couple of good images is always worth doing. You can find the list of stock images that you'll need to download to do some of the project lessons as a downloadable asset provided with this lesson. You'll also find in that list the link to a template over involved elements for a mockup of some cosmetics packaging. You can download that to if you want to follow along with me as I download and edit the template over in the next lesson. Or if you'd rather just watch the video and take some notes instead, that's absolutely fine, too. So your first task before the next lesson is to make sure you have ever feel need to just dive straight in with the project lessons. So what I'd like you to do is, make sure you have Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop installed. And check out the resource list attached to this lesson for the stock images and mockup template that you'll need to be able to do the project lessons alongside with me. Okay, great. So we're ready to get started and I'll see you over in the next section of the course.

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