Mockups are a very effective way of showing a design in its intended form without actually investing any time and money in its production. You don't have to print your design on a T-shirt to see how it looks—you just need a mockup.
But how do you create mockups? For years, designers have been using Photoshop for this task, but it's not necessary anymore. In this short tutorial, I will show you how to make a mockup without Photoshop, in a few simple steps. I'll use a T-shirt mockup and an iPhone mockup as examples.
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How to Make a Mockup Quickly and Easily
1. How to Create a T-Shirt Mockup
Go to Placeit.net. Find the Mockups tab and go to T-Shirt Mockups.
Click Upload Your Design Here and select the image you want to see on the templates. Give it a moment to upload.
I used this image.
When it's uploaded, you'll be asked to crop it. In my case, it looks fine as it is, but you can easily change its size with the slider. When you're ready, click Crop.
The site will now apply your design to all the templates automatically and magically. The image you have uploaded will be adjusted to each T-shirt in terms of the position, shape, lighting, and even colors.
Now simply scroll through a whole library of mockups presenting your design. If you find one that looks particularly nice to you, just click it to see it better.
Here, you can still edit the design as you wish. You can change the color of the T-shirt to see if the design works for other colors, and you can still crop the image differently if you need by clicking this icon. I decided that my image would look better if it was placed slightly higher, so I changed it.
If you're happy with how it looks, and you want to show it to the client without the watermark, just scroll up and click the Download button. Here you can purchase the image or download it as a part of your unlimited subscription.
8 Awesome Free & Paid Templates to Get You Started
Now that you understand how to use a T-shirt mockup template, here are eight terrific apparel templates you can start practicing on to get you started creating your own mockups.
Maybe you want to show off a fashion brand or a travel logo. Either way, this free T-shirt mockup template is another great way to incorporate a real-life context with a neatly folded T-shirt lying on a bed next to other items. The perfect flat-lay to show your designs to their best advantage.
Looking for just the right couple to show off your hoodie design. This mockup of a cool young couple can be used for a myriad of purposes, including edgy hairdressing salon, tattoo parlour, laidback clothing line, and more.
This tote bag mockup is perfect for the minimalists out there. The design features a tote hanging on a nail against a duo-tone wall. The cotton bag mockup allows you to change the colour of the bag as well as both colours of the background.
Featuring a young woman standing behind a counter, this free T-shirt mockup template uses a real-life context to bring your designs to life and help people visualize themselves wearing your T-shirts.
Cool sweatshirt template of a couple, one of whom is wearing a sweatshirt and facing the camera directly, which allows your design to be seen clearly. Another great feature of this mockup is that you can change the background to whatever colour you want.
If you need a stylish jersey design mockup for volleyball, this is a great template to consider. The image in the template is shot against a black background, and you customise everything from the colour of the shorts to each colour in the ball.
Video is everywhere these days, and we would be remiss if we didn't include a video mockup. This one is a nine-second clip featuring a young woman standing against a brick wall. The camera pans slowly from left to right as the woman smiles at the camera.
This simple, free T-shirt mockup template with its neutral background would be a great way to show off products or services targeting a male audience. Just upload your image, select the desired T-shirt colour, and you’re done.
If you're interested in other cool mockups for sweatshirts, hats, tote bags, etc., check out these handy roundups of the best apparel mockups:
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2. How to Create an iPhone Mockup
Creating an iPhone mockup is just as easy. Again, go to Placeit.net and navigate to Mockups > iPhone Mockups.
If you're looking for some recommendations, here's our list of the best iPhone mockup templates available:
Click Upload Screenshot and select the image that you want to see on the screen of an iPhone.
Give it a few seconds to upload, and then crop the image if necessary. When you're done, click Crop and see how the image is applied to all the templates in real time. All of this will happen automatically, and you just have to wait and let the magic happen.
Scroll through all the mockups to see if you like one of them more than the others. When you find it, click it to open a bigger version.
Here, again, you can edit the picture, but if you like how it looks, just scroll up and click the Download button to buy the mockup.
9 More Terrific Free & Paid Templates You'll Love
Now that you know how to create your own iPhone mockups, here's a free iPhone mockup you can use to advertise your new app. Shot from above and displayed against a beautiful multicoloured surface, this is the perfect mockup to keep all eyes on your design.
A terrific paperback book mockup, this template features a rather stylish young woman, reading a paperback on the steps of a building. This very realistic book cover mockup allows you to upload images for the front, spine, and back cover of your book.
You've just opened up a pizzeria, and you need a low-cost way of advertising your new venture. Showcasing some of the wonderful freshness of ingredients that go into the making of a pizza, this realistic pizza box packaging mockup is the perfect template for you.
An over-the-shoulder image of a woman using her iPad in an outdoor cafe, this mockup gives the viewer a big, bright, clear view of the screen, with enough blur in the background to keep their attention focused.
Keep your viewer’s eyes riveted to your design when you use this terrific free coffee mug mockup, which sits in the foreground of the photo and stands out quite clearly against a softly blurred background of a kitchen countertop.
There’s a reason flat-lays are so popular nowadays. They’re a perfect way to display the objects on any surface. What’s great about this particular flat-lay is that it's a perfect phone and computer mockup for showing off how a webpage would look on a computer screen and on a mobile device. A great laptop phone mockup combo for web designers, writers, or entrepreneurs.
What could be better than being able to display your product design labels in a number of styles and dimensions? This gift bag packaging mockup allows you to do just that, with gift bags that range from small to medium to very large.
Create a colourful and dynamic background to display your magazine spread mockup against with this multicolour print magazine mockup. First, upload your magazine pages, and then use the colour picker to experiment with colours that would best complement and show off your spread to the best advantage.
Why not show off your gorgeous poster design with this awesome poster mockup. The template features a young woman holding a giant poster in front of her and is shot against a beautiful blue background. The free mockup template would be suitable for a wide range of posters, from artistic designs to advertising posters.
If you're interested in other cool mockups for iPads, laptops, books, magazines, mugs and a whole host of templates, check out these handy roundups of the best mockups at Placeit:
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- Product Mockup22 Best Magazine Mockups Using an Online Generator (Cover, Layout, Flat, and More)Nona Blackman
- Product Mockup25 Must-Have Packaging Mockups for Product DesignersNona Blackman
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