1. Overview

Basic mockups are built using the Photoshop Smart Objects layers which you must edit to place your own designs.

Basic mockups are considered to be those that contain simple objects without folds or many parts such as: a business card, a letterhead sheet, a mobile device, among others. Some examples:

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/secure.notion-static.com/c223da40-79a1-4393-93a0-fc2b5152db37/clay-iphone-x-mockup-05-03-1440x.jpg

iPhone Xs

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/secure.notion-static.com/b47cc01f-d067-4432-9d96-eaf3a7c67667/clay-apple-watch-mockup-01-01-1-1440x.jpg

Apple Watch

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/secure.notion-static.com/dd637107-98bd-4650-b3f9-a3a383099e17/a4-letterhead-mockup-01-02-02-1440x.jpg

A4 letterhead

2. Customizing the mockup

You can customize a basic mockup in two ways: Using Mockupmator Lite or using the “old school method”.

Using Mockupmator Lite

Mockupmator Lite is a Photoshop extension that helps you automate the customization process, we built this tool to make your life easy.

  1. Download and install it.
  2. Open the mockup file using Photoshop.
  3. Open Mockupmator Lite (Window ▸ Extensions ▸ Mockupmator lite). You will be ready to use it if the mockup is compatible with the extension. Watch the video:

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/secure.notion-static.com/a1df2151-9686-4503-ba66-b911ab8aeba5/Customizing_a_Basic_Mockup_with_Mockupmator.mov

Editing a Photoshop mockup using Mockupmator Lite.

This extension requires Photoshop CC 2018 or higher, in case you can't use it, then use the “old school” method.

Using the “old school method”

  1. Open the mockup in Photoshop.
  2. Edit the contents of the Smart Objects marked with purple color, they are located at the beginning of the document.
  3. Place your design and save the Smart Object.
  4. Go back to the main document and see the results. Watch the video:

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/secure.notion-static.com/db0a2bd5-9093-42c6-9a48-2962561ca54a/Customizing_a_Basic_Mockup.mov

Editing a mockup in Photoshop using the “old school method”.