How To Use Product Mockup Scenes

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For PSD mockups with Smart Objects

Find a smart object layer marked with an icon and named something like “paste your work here”. Double-click on that layer. A new document will open in Photoshop. Paste your design there, align properly, edit if necessary, and click Save. Looking back at mockup PSD file, you will see it has changed to your own artwork.

For PSD mockups with Clipping Masks

Find a layer named something like “paste your work here”, with an arrow pointing down at a layer below. Open a file with your artwork and Copy its content. Paste it into the clipped layer of PSD mock-up and align properly by clicking V-key (Move Tool).

For JPG files with Path

Photoshop can red a so called Work Path, or Clipping Path, of a jpeg file. A path is a pre-made selection, and you can find it and load it in Photoshop’s Path tab (Window > Paths). After loading a path, you re-create the selection of your mockup area, so you can insert and position your artwork precisely.

For PNG files with empty background area

PNG files with mockups are images placed over an empty (transparent) background. Just by creating a layer underneath you are able to place your design into mockup by pasting and relocating it to the exact position. PNG files work in any compatible application.


Smart Objects work in Photoshop CS4 and higher. Clipping mask mockups work in Photoshop CS2 and higher. If you don’t have Photoshop at all, you can still use the JPEG file for your mockup work in applications that allow inserting text and graphics.


I always try to make my layered files as pleasurable as possible to work with. Just a couple of examples of what you can expect in my products that include PSD files (like scenes, mockups, templates, scene builders etc).

Remove logos. Some branded objects have an additional layer that removes brand name, logo or other elements from an object.

Remove objects. In some scenes it is possible to remove an object or two, because they are supplied as a separate layer of a PSD file.

Change colors. Some objects have adjustment layers attached to change a color or luminosity. Whenever possible, I use a Fill Layer, which allows you to easily pick a color to have it instantly change.

TIP: if you make your own Adjustment Layer, don’t forget to link it to your object via clipping mask, so that it doesn’t affect underlying scene.

Dynamic shadows. All isolated objects have shadows included. When your scene is ready, use Layer >> Layer Style >> Global Light option to arrange all shadows in a desired direction. Fine-tune the shadows by opening layer’s style.

Lighting effects. Some of my scenes contain additional layers for lighting effects. Alternatively, when you scene is ready, you can use something like Alien Skin to add some amazing feel to your scene.

All features named above are there to achieve the most authentic effect to your final work.

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