Digital assets are a great boon to any designer's toolbox. With Envato Elements, Envato's upcoming subscription service for asset downloads, you'll have access to thousands of top quality digital assets, from add-ons to product mockups and more!
In this quick tip tutorial, we'll combine two of the freebie assets, a coffee branding mockup and a vector watercolor texture, from Envato Elements. For this tutorial we'll be using both Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.
1. Using Watercolor Textures
Let's start in Adobe Illustrator CC. Using the Type Tool (T), write out a quick word or two. I've chosen "LO VE &" for my type.
Expand (under Object) your type or Create Outlines. Doing so will convert your type to objects, making it easier to edit them.
Arrange your type as you see fit. I Scaled my ampersand up and rearranged my letters a bit for my design. When satisfied with your placement, Select all of your objects and Unite them in the Pathfinder panel.
Open the watercolor brushes and textures file from Envato Elements free downloads. Copy (Control-C) one of the watercolor textures provided in the pack and Paste (Control-V) it into your document.
Place it behind your text object in the Layers panel. You may have to Scale, Rotate, or edit the texture a bit.
Select the watercolor group and the text group and create a Clipping Mask (Control-7). Now your text has a fantastic watercolor texture applied to it. Consider layering multiple textures to get a different effect.
2. Using a Product Mockup
Let's switch over to Adobe Photoshop CC. I'll be keeping both of the programs open for this section.
Download the free coffee cup product mockup pack from Envato Elements. Open one of the files included. In the Layers panel, Double-Click one of the Smart Objects in order to open it.
Copy your design from Adobe Illustrator CC and Paste it into the Smart Object document in Adobe Photoshop CC. I typically Paste in objects as Smart Objects so they retain their scalable features.
Place or edit your object as needed so it matches up with the label already present in the file.
Once your object is placed over the placeholder object, Hide the original Smart Object layer in the Layers panel and Save (Control-S) the document. You can also just replace or delete this layer if it takes your fancy.
Back in the mockup document, you'll find the coffee cup you edited has a new design on it. Repeat on any other Smart Object layers within the document and save your file.
Great Job, You're Done!
Now that you've got the hang of combining and using these digital assets, apply your design to some of the other product mockups included in the pack to create a full set of presentation pieces. Or create different designs to create a series of portfolio pieces.
Check out more assets and sign up for Envato Elements to get some fantastic freebies!