How to use mockups

In this very short tutorial you will find few hints on how to use PSD mockups. This guide can be applied to any mockups you will find over the internet, but keep in mind that I write it specially for mockups that can be found here on

Mockup templates are a powerful tool to keep in your arsenal as a designer, and they’re also a great investment if you’re willing to shell out a little extra for premium templates. Knowing how to edit mockup templates with Photoshop (and without Photoshop) can help you depict your design work in the best light possible by giving it some real world context. Just make sure to use them as intended and always give attribution if required.

What you will need?

If you want to use and customize mockups that are prepared as PSD files, you will need a few things: Software for unzipping packed files (WinRar, WinZip etc). Basic skills in Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop in version at least CS6 .

Download your mockup

To begin using mockups you will need any PSD mockup that can be downloaded from the web. As for example, I’ll guide you how to use my Soccer Jersey Mockup. It can be purchase right here or in my store on graphicriver ( Or try with some free alternatives ones on this website. You have to click on it and download a zip file. You can write it anywhere you want on your hard drive. Download may take a few minutes, as mockup files can be pretty large.

Unpack it

As soon as you download your mockup, probably you will need to unpack it. For mockups from you will need to unzip it, as this is the format I use. But you may encounter .rar or .7z as well. Some versions of Windows have zip extractor that are preinstalled, but if your operating system doesn’t have it, you will need to download some unpacking software. The most popular program for such operation is WinRar – we use it for years and it works well. But there are plenty of awesome unpacking software so it is quite easy to find the right one.

Open it

Now let’s take care of the PSD file. When you double click on any PSD file, Photoshop (or any other software that can edit PSD files) will start. If you will open psd from my soccer jersey mockup, you`ll see example project that is used as jersey design. What you will need to do, is to change this project and customize background color. Both modification can be done on “Layers” panel.

Change Shirt color

To the change the color of the different shirt's parts there two folders (Stitches) and (Shirt) placed on the right, you`ll have to double click on layer thumbnail of any part. Color Picker panel should appear and in this panel you can set any color that you like.


Find Smart Object layer

Of course the most important part of the mockup is the project of the material that you want to customize. Fortunately, it’s very easy to change it. To do this we have to find folder "Smarts: Add your design" that contains all Smart Object Layers. Remember the layer panel? This is the place where your search should begin. Layers with projects usually have names that easily allows to identify themselves. If you will have any problem with finding this layer, look for the small icon that indicates that this layer is "Smart Object”. This icon is highlighted on the image on the below.

Paste your project

After you`ve localized the Smart Object Layers you need to double click on it’s thumbnail. When you do this, new window will appear, and this is the place where you should paste your new design. Of course, you could even make it from scratch here, but I`m not recommending this. Your project should be done in another file (for example in Photoshop or Illustrator), and all you need to do is paste it into this smart object. As you do this, save the file, close the window and you should see that your project is beautifully pasted into the mockup. That’s it! You have done it. Save the file and share your design with the rest of the word.


Show/Hide Shadows

You can easily show/hide shadow layer's visibility in the Layers panel, click on the visibility icon to toggle the layer's visibility on/off.

Change background color

To change the background color you`ll have to double click on layer thumbnail, that is placed on the right of the layer name (Background). Color Picker panel should appear and in this panel you can set any color that you like. Notice that for in most cases you should use light colors, as the Background layer is put to Linear Burn (or sometimes Multiply) blend mode. It means that the background will be darker than the color you picked.

Save and Share!

You now have your incredible design mocked up and ready to share with the world!