Photoshop Elements: How to Use a PSD Mockup

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 15

Simple Replacement: iPad Screen

Open the mockup PSD file and any images you want to use.

Note: To preserve the original mockup file, from the File menu, select Duplicate. Then, close the original file without changes. Work on the duplicate copy.

In the PSD file:

  1. Select the layer that you need to replace.
  2. Select the image in the replacement layer. Press Ctrl or Cmd and click the layer thumbnail for that layer.
  3. Create a new layer above the replacement layer.
  4. Open the image file.

In the image file:

  1. Press Ctrl+A or Cmd+A to select the image.
  2. Press Ctrl+C or Cmd+C to copy the image to the clipboard.
  3. Go back to the PSD file.

In the PSD file:

  1. Select the empty layer.
  2. From the Edit menu, select Paste into Selection. Your image will be centered within the selection and parts of the image that do not fit will be hidden, but available to transform.
  3. If not already selected, select the Move tool. In the Tool Options, check Show Bounding Box.
  4. Click on one corner handle of the bounding box. The Tool Options change to the Transform Tool.
  5. In the Tool Options, check Constrain Proportions.
  6. Drag to corners of the image to fit into the selected area.
  7. Press Enter or check the green checkmark to accept the changes.
  8. In the replacement layer, press Alt or Opt and click and drag on the Layer Mask  to copy it to the new layer.
  9. In the replacement layer, press Alt or Opt and click and drag on the Layer styles icon (Fx) to copy it to the new layer.
  10. From the File menu, select Save As and save your completed image.

Text on a Curved Surface: Coffee Mug

The coffee mug has a curved surface and the text has special effects that we need to replicate.

To create the text:

  1. In the PSD file, select the layer that you need to replace.
  2. Select the Horizontal Type tool. In the Tool Options:
    1. Select a font.
    2. Change the font color to black.
    3. Select Anti-aliasing.
  3. Type the text you want to add and check the green checkmark. The Move tool is now selected.
  4. Move or resize the text as needed.

To curve the text:

  1. Select the text layer.
  2. Select the Horizontal Type tool.
  3. In the Tool Options, click Create warped text. The Warp Text dialog box opens.
    1. Select Arc from the Style drop-down list.
    2. Select Horizontal.
    3. Move the Bend slider to -5% or as needed.

To modify the text effects:

  1. Select the text layer. Reduce Opacity to 75%.
  2. From the Filter menu, select Blur, then Gaussian Blur. You must convert the text to a smart object or rasterize it before proceeding.
  3. Select Convert to Smart Object.
  4. In the Blur dialog box, set a blur of 2.5 px or more, as needed, and click OK.

Note: If you want to place an image on the mug, you can use the Liquify Filter to curve the image. See this video:

Lesson 23: Decorate a Mug
https://youtu.be/9Fk5aK79gHg

Working with Groups and Multiple Images: Polaroid String

The process for working with multiple images is mostly the same as for replacing a single image.

Some tips to keep in mind:

  • In some PSD files, all the replacement layers are organized in a Layer Group. When you create a new layer, it will appear at the top of the layer stack. Drag and drop it into the layer group above the image you want to replace.
  • Create a new layer for each image you want to replace.
  • Remember to copy any layer masks and layer styles from the replacement layer to your own image layers.

Resources

Mockups use in this lesson

8 Free Cup Mockups
http://www.bestpsdfreebies.com/freebie/8-free-cup-mockups/

Hanging Polaroid Photos Mockup
https://psd.graphics/mockups/hanging-polaroid-photos-mockup-free-psd/

Working on iPad Mockup
https://psd.graphics/mockups/working-on-ipad-mockup-free-psd/

Mockup sites for free mockups

Mockup World (directory of free mockups on other sites)
https://www.mockupworld.co/

Best PSD Freebies
http://www.bestpsdfreebies.com/

PSD Graphics
https://psd.graphics/

Font

Bonjour! Typeface by Nicky Laatz
http://bit.ly/2wt093s

Downloads

Photoshop Elements: How to Use a PSD Mockup (PDF)