I'm all about tools to make working more easier and efficient! Whether it's a great brush set to give my work a more texured and natural look or if it's a great hand drawn font to accent my illustrations I feel that a good tool is always worth investing in.
Today's blog post focuses on tools to mock up work to showcase how my designs can be used in different ways on various products. Initially I bought a few mock up packages to just showcase my Casetify designs in pretty environments but the more I used these "scene creators" I began to see more creative opportunities to showcase my work.
For these designs I used Queql's Scene Creator (Top View) bundle pack. I've found this pack really useful! There are over 1500 individual items that can be customized via Photoshop's Smart Objects. Originally I bought this pack as a way to create scenes to pop my Casetify designs into (top image) but after going through all the items I found that there are a lot of other products I can mock up my art on (like those cute ceramic containers). I also use the laptops and device images to mock up my free download images for my newsletters. This pack specifically has TOP VIEW items which are more for "flat lay" designing. If you'd like a front view mock up pack, I would recommend you checking out Queql's Scene Creator (Front View) pack.
A lot of my work lends itself to prints so I invested in a couple great mock up packages where you can pop your work into nicely styled environments.
On the left, I used Framelicious by Frisk Shop. Included are 45 different scenes and within each scene there are multiple frame options. All the scenes are very tastefully styled and I appreciate the frame options.
On the right, I used Wallderfull also by Frisk Shop. Another very well done mock up product. I love that again the locations/scenes are styled very nicely. There are light and dark background options and it's really easy to edit and place your work in the frames.
Overall, the point I wanted to make is that you don't have to reinvent the wheel and if there are tools that help you create something and saves you time, use it! I'm not a great photographer. I love taking photos of my kids but it's a whole new world styling and lighting a great product shot. I am so thankful there are tools like these that simplify the process so I can focus on making my own art instead of trying to print out and photography my own products.
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