Learn how to make your own face mask mockup PSD in this tutorial. We'll use Smart Objects in Adobe Photoshop to create a fabric mask mockup that you can use and reuse. Test out your patterns and designs on your own photos with these techniques.
What You Will Need
- Stock Photograph With Face Masks
- Plaid Seamless Pattern Set
- Defrozo Block Font
- 66 Cute Patterns Pack
You're welcome to download these assets as you follow along with this walkthrough. You can also use your own photos, patterns, and other assets, as these techniques will still apply.
Let's get started.
1. How to Create a Face Mask Mockup
First, open your image in Adobe Photoshop. I'll work with this stock image from Envato Elements.
We'll need to prepare the image. As we're turning our image into a functional mockup, it's best to have a surface area without any variation in texture, color, or pattern.
In the example image, the face masks are a solid, light color, which will work well for this process. However, there's some color variation here that we can adjust to make things more uniform.
Being by opening up your Layers panel. If you don't see it, go to Window > Layers.
Duplicate the layer that your image is on. We can do this by right-clicking on the image layer and selecting Duplicate Layer.
Then, toggle visibility off on our original background layer. It is the eye icon to the left of the layer.
Tip: It's often a good idea to name your layers for organizational purposes. To do so, just click on the name of the layer in your Layers panel.
Let's start by isolating the masks in the image. Select the top image layer. Then, select the Quick Selection Tool. Click on the Select and Mask button, up in the Options Panel. This will take us to the Select and Mask Workspace.
Now, we can use the Select and Mask Workspace to isolate any part of our composition that we'd like.
Use the Quick Selection Tool to start selecting the mask area. Choose between Add (to add to your selection) and Subtract (to take away from your selection) up in the Options Panel.
You can also change the size of the Quick Selection Tool's brush up in the Options Panel. Or use the [ and ] keys, as you would with the Brush Tools.
While still in the Select and Mask Workspace, take a look at your Properties. We have a number of useful tools here that can help us easily make a clean selection.
Transparency is great for isolation and previewing your selection. Turn the opacity up all the way, and you'll only see your selection. This is a great way to continually preview your work as you continue to refine it in this space.
We also get a host of edge detection options and global refinements:
- Radius will expand the radius of your selection.
- Smooth will smooth the edges of your selection.
- Feather will feather the edges of your selection. Think of it like a soft, transparent gradient around the perimeter.
- Contrast will harden the edges around your selection. There will be less of a transition.
- Shift edge will adjust the edges of your selection.
Preview these options by adjusting the slider for each. One of the best ways to understand how they work is to give them a try.
There is no right or wrong answer here—make a selection that is clean and suits your image. Don't worry if it's not perfect, because we'll make some extra refinements along the way.
Once you've selected the mask area in your work, and you're happy with how your selection works, click OK at the bottom of the Properties panel.
Now, we're back at our main work area. Notice that a Layer Mask has been applied to our top image—all we see is our face masks, isolated.
Let's continue by creating a new layer on top of our other layers. To do so, click on the plus icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
If you need to rearrange your layers, click and drag them in the Layers panel.
With our newly created layer selected, use the Paint Bucket Tool to fill this layer with the color white.
Then, right-click on this layer and select Create Clipping Mask. You'll notice that it puts a blocky looking white color over our face masks.
Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Color.
Then, on the background layer, toggle visibility back on. This will allow us to see our entire image again.
You'll notice that all the masks in the composition are the same gray tone now, rather than varying in color.
2. How to Use Smart Objects in a Face Mask Mockup
Now, let's open up a sample pattern that we'd like to apply to our face mask mockup. I'm going to use this seamless pattern from Envato Elements.
Open your pattern or sample image in Photoshop.
Copy and Paste it into your template document. Photoshop should automatically paste it onto a new layer.
Set the Blending Mode of this new layer to Multiply, so we can see through it.
Resize your sample pattern until it is similar in size to the face mask.
Use the Move Tool to reposition the image. In the Options Panel, you can toggle Show Transform Controls on, to make the resize handles visible for your image. This is an easy way to scale and resize your work—just click and drag on these resize handles.
Or go to Edit > Free Transform to resize and reposition the image.
You can also select excess parts of your pattern with the Rectangular Marquee Tool and then delete your selection by pressing Backspace on your keyboard. This alternative can work well if you don't want to make your pattern or image smaller.
The goal here is not to make the pattern fit perfectly at this time. It should be a rectangular shape, similar in size to the mask, as shown below.
Next, right-click on our layer and select Convert to Smart Object.
Notice that the layer preview, in the Layers panel, changes to indicate that this is a Smart Object now.
Before we move on, duplicate this layer by right-clicking on it and selecting Duplicate Layer. We'll save this copy for later in the tutorial. Change the Blending Mode on this duplicate layer to Normal. Use the Move Tool to move it away from our work area.
Right-click on our original Smart Object layer and select Create Clipping Mask. The clipping mask should be applied to our masked layer.
It should look like the preview below.
Our pattern has been applied to the mask, but it doesn't look very natural. We need to adjust the pattern here, so it sits on the mask in a more organic way.
To do so, start with your Smart Object layer selected. Then, go to Edit > Transform > Warp. Now, we can bend the image so it wraps around the mask area in a realistic way. Click and drag on the handles to bend the image. Once you're happy with your results, press Enter on your keyboard.
However, you might notice that the edge here isn't quite as perfect as you'd like it to be. Let's go back to our masked layer.
Select the black preview beside the layer preview. This will allow us to adjust the mask that is on this layer.
Using the Brush Tool, draw using black to add to the mask. Draw using white to subtract from the mask.
Once you've refined the edges of your face mask, duplicate the Smart Object layer we've been working on.
To do so, right-click on the layer and select Duplicate Layer.
Next, let's change the Blending Modes of our two Smart Object layers.
The top Smart Object layer's Blending Mode should be set to Multiply. Set the Opacity to 75%.
The bottom Smart Object layer's Blending Mode should be set to Color Burn. Set the Opacity to 80%.
These are recommended values and blending modes. You are encouraged to experiment with them and choose the right values for your image.
Let's test our our mockup.
Return to our copy Smart Object that we didn't apply to the mask. Double-click on the preview in the Layers panel. This will take us "inside" the Smart Object.
Notice that "going inside" the Smart Object is a lot like being in a new document.
Let's create a new layer, here inside our Smart Object. Then, use the Paint Bucket Tool to apply a solid color on this new layer.
To push this further, let's add some text, using the Type Tool.
I'm using the Defrozo font. Feel free to type any phrase you prefer. Alternatively, you could apply any artwork, pattern, or image here that you prefer.
Once you're happy with your additions, go to File > Save to save the contents of the Smart Object.
After you've saved your Smart Object, return to your original mockup design document.
Check it out—your mockup has been updated with new artwork. We have a solid preview here, and then our design applied to the face mask.
This is a great opportunity to refine your face mask. For example, mine needed some tweaks to make the mask fit a little better. You can go back to Edit > Transform > Warp to make more adjustments.
We can repeat this process with the other face masks in the composition.
For example, if we want one of the other models to wear the same face mask, we can duplicate our rectangular Smart Object.
Adjust and warp the image as we did before, and now we have the same Smart Object applied to more than one mask.
Also keep in mind that you can change the Blending Modes and Opacity to suit different models.
However, we're not limited to a single smart object. Each model here could have their own design applied in its own Smart Object.
Start from Step 1 Section 2 to apply a different pattern in its own Smart Object.
Want to try these patterns out for yourself? Download them right here.
And There You Have It!
Smart Objects make mockup templates easy to use. Try out different patterns, colors, designs, and images. It's as simple as pasting it into the Smart Object, once we've got our mockup template established.
Short on time, but you want to try even more mockup templates? Check out the selection of mockup templates over on Envato Elements.
There are plenty to choose from, and they're all included with unlimited downloads. You can download as many face mask mockup PSD files as you like—as well as stock photos, patterns, fonts, and more. It's all included with one low fee.
Check out these face mask mockup designs that you can download right now:
This face mask mockup bundle includes five different perspectives. Test out your designs, patterns, and images in this Photoshop template. Just like this tutorial, it uses Smart Objects—so you'll already know how to use it.
Prefer a photo-based face mask mockup? Check out this high-resolution Photoshop file. It also uses Smart Objects, so you can easily test out your design concepts.
This face mask mockup has a lot of options. Change the background color, the strap and outline color, and the pattern itself. Open it up in Adobe Photoshop and easily change things up with Smart Objects.
Here's a fabric mask mockup that's perfect for showing off more than one design at once. You can also change up the background color. This one is a different style of face mask, too—try out your design on a different type of mask.
Choose from eight different mockups in this Photoshop collection. It's great for checking out multiple angles. Change up the pattern, the background, and the straps too.
Want to learn more about mockups? Maybe you'd like to try out a mockup generator? Check out more mockup content, here at Envato Tuts+.
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