Lately, I have been taking a few brand photos and thought this would be a helpful blog post for all my creative ladies!! I am going to walk you through how to mockup a website or any iPhone screen of your choice on an image. You will need Adobe Photoshop in order to do this.

STEP 1: LAUNCH PHOTOSHOP

Launch Photoshop. Then, find the image you want to use and right-click to Open with Adobe Photoshop.

STEP 2: CHANGING SETTINGS

After the image opens, unclick the lock icon in the layers panel to make the image available for free transform. This will convert your image to Layer 0.

STEP 3: PLACING YOUR IMAGE

If you haven’t already done so, screenshot the image you want to mockup on your iPhone. Either AirDrop or mail this image to yourself so you can have it on your desktop. Find the image on your desktop and drag it into Photoshop. Once it is in Photoshop, it will have transform tools around it, just click enter to remove the transform bounding box and place the image.

Step 3 - Mockup Tutorial

STEP 3: USING YOUR RECIPIENT LIST

Right click on the website layer you just placed and click Convert to Smart Object. This is crucial to the mockup design.

Step 4 - Mockup Tutorial

STEP 5: DISTORTING THE IMAGE

Now we’re going to transform this image to fit the frame of the iPhone screen. Click Command + T (or go to Edit > Free Transform). Scale the image to a smaller size that appears to be a similar ratio to the iPhone screen. Either type in a smaller scale percentage at the top or hold shift and drag the corners, to keep the transformation proportional.

Free Transform

Right click the image and click Distort. Using the corners of the image, click, hold and drag the corner to the corresponding iPhone corner screen. Repeat the process to the remaining 3 corners. 

Step 5 - Mockup Tutorial

View the video below for assistance.

STEP 6: ADDING GAUSSIAN BLUR

Now your iPhone screen should be covered with the new image we just placed over the iPhone. To make it look a little more realistic and not so “bold” I add a Gaussian Blur to the layer, for an added effect. Click on your website image > Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Adding Mockup Blur

A new window will appear for you to put your blur amount in. I normally use the default setting of 1, but if you want it blurrier, simply increase the number.

Blur Settings for Mockup

View the video below for help applying the gradient effect.

STEP 7: ADDING THE BLUR

After you click OK from the blur settings, a layer mask will appear underneath the website mockup layer in the layers panel. Click the white box (this is your mask layer) and click G (or find the Gradient tool in your toolbar). 

A small gradient box will appear in the top left. Depending on the gradient last used, it might be set to a different gradient than the Black and White. Make sure your gradient is set to the Black and White.

Gradient Blur Settings

You are going to move your mouse over the iPhone screen and from the top left click and drag about 1-2” down the iPhone. This applies the blur effect I mentioned earlier. View the video below if you need assistance. 

Congrats, you now have a mockup!! You should save your Photoshop file and also save the new image under a different file name incase you need the old file sometime down the road!

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