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I love shortcuts, because, let’s face it… Life is way too short to do everything the hard way! Today I am going to share a simple process for displaying your artwork & prints in a “mock up.” Basically, how to fake a staged print!
This is a great process for etsy shop owners and bloggers (like myself- I use mock ups all the time!) I just don’t have the time to print, stage & photograph every print I make; so this process streamlines my efforts & allows me to produce more quality content with a beautiful staged “fake” (don’t judge!!!) finished product.
(I sell some mock ups on my creative market shop, as shown below)
PART 1. FOR PRINTS WITH A WHITE BACKGROUND:
Open your stock image up in Photoshop (you can do this same basic concept in Picmonkey too though!)
We are going to use a PNG image. PNGs are a type of file that can be saved with transparent background.
Paste the PNG version of your print in your photoshop document. Make sure it’s not a rasterized version of your print- for best results, you want the background to be transparent so that the paper in the frame shows through.
For added realism, you can tilt your PNG ever so slightly.
Lower the opacity to help the PNG blend. The less harsh it is, the more real it will look.
And there you have it, a nice convincing photo of your print, ready for your blog, shop, catalog, etc.
PART 2. FOR PRINTS WITH A COLORED OR CHALKBOARD BACKGROUND:
Now lets talk about adding a fully colored print to a mock up. This is slightly more challenging, but it is still totally doable & the finished product will look great!
First, paste your print into the photoshop document & re-size it accordingly. You can keep the original proportions of your print by holding down SHIFT while re-sizing it by moving the corners.
Next, lower the opacity so we can see where the frame’s edges are.
Click on the “pen tool.”
Trace around the edges using the pen tool. Simply just add a point on every corner and edge.
To adjust the sharp angles for places with curves, use the “add anchor point tool” to give your lines curves.
To ensure that your lines aren’t harsh & pixelated, right click your image, press “make selection,” and enter 2 for your feather radius. Right click again and press “select inverse.” Press CTRL X.
You have now erased the edges of your print in alignment with your frame!
Increase the opacity again, and you are all done.