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Mock and Shock! How to Add a WOW Factor to Your Surface Designs

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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8 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. Mock & Shock Class Introduction

    • 2. The Perfect Photo

    • 3. Create Your Path

    • 4. It's Pattern Time

    • 5. Something More

    • 6. Other Tricks

    • 7. Reuse & Recycle

    • 8. Video 8 Your Turn

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Learn how to add a WOW factor to your surface designs. Apply your repeat pattern designs to photos to create a mockup using Photoshop. Bring your patterns to life!

This class will teach you how to:

  • Find and choose suitable photos to use for your mockups
  • Use the pen tool in Photoshop to create the paths to use for your mockups
  • Apply your own patterns from Photoshop or Illustrator to the mockup
  • Use techniques to make your mockup even better
  • Save your photo as a template to use in the future

Whether you are a newbie or a pro at Photoshop, I may have a few tricks to teach you!

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Tiffany Wong


Hello! My name is Tiffany Wong. I am surface designer, apparel designer, graphic designer, stationery specialist, and party planner to name a few. I am currently based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have a passion for patterns and learning and that's what brought me to Skillshare. It was one of the best decisions I made for myself!

I love design and all it entails. I am inspired when I think about all the things I love - fashion, home decor, photography, travel, food, and DIY projects. In some shape or form, surface design incorporates all of it. It is that piece of the puzzle that brings everything together. It has become my new passion and something I want to share with the world.

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1. Mock & Shock Class Introduction: Hi, everyone. My name is Tick me and on the surface designer living in Toronto, Canada. I create repeat patterns to be used on a variety of products on suggest fabrics, HomeGoods, maybe good stationery, packaging you name it, and I often have to make the mock up images for a few reasons. One reason may be to help clients to visualize their products before it's actually made two for marketing and promotional purposes. We I also during my design process. I like to test out my patterns while I'm designing just to make sure they work out. It's one thing to create a pattern on the computer or paper, but once you place it on a product, it just brings it to life and gives it another dimension. So this class I wanted to do, my men did on how to make these mock ups in a quick and effective way. I actually learned to do my first mock up right here on skill share, and after a while of practicing, I picked up a few tricks of my own, and now I want to share them with you in this class, I'm gonna teach you how to find the perfect voter to use for your mock up. I'm gonna teach you how to use your existing patterns and place those on the photo. I teach you how to stage your photos that you can use it again and again. And I'm gonna teach you a few other editing tricks along the way just to make your life a little bit more killing at the end of this class, you're gonna put your skills to the test and make your very own mock up for the class project. I'm so excited for this class. It's so keep watching. You were gonna dive right in. 2. The Perfect Photo: finding the right photos to use is very important. It should suit your design style, be interesting and appealing. The right photo can make all the difference. Here are some before and after examples of some my own lockups. There are a few ways to find a good photo to use for websites like Sugar Stuck, I stuck photo adobe deposit photos and others. You pay a fee for the rights to use these photos. Generally, they offer a wider range of professional photos, vector images and video. If you're looking to keep the library, it may be a good idea to compare the plans and photos, elections of a few websites and see which one works best for your needs. This is safe way to use photos without having to worry about. I'm commercial and personal usage because you did pave to use those photos. There are also a growing number of websites that offer free stock photos, which is really great. Some websites include pixels on splash pick, jumbo stock, snap, negative space and many more. Many of these websites allow for both personal and commercial usage. Somebody reported you to give credit to the artist, but other than that they are free to use. Personally, I find the selection to be a little more limited for what I'm looking for, but it really depends on your style. If you're starting out or practicing, this is a really good starting point. If you haven't I for taking your own photos, why not? You can choose whatever crop to use, and you definitely will not have to worry about you. Situates gather blank items You can take photos up that are already in your house, such as dishware, T shirts, pillows, notebooks, went wrapping paper, paper bags, whatever you want to put up, Hot or not, for the purpose of mock ups, some photos are easier to use and others thes they're the ones you would want to look forward to. Make your life a little easier. Ideally, you would want your photo to be bright, clean and clear. It's best to use high resolution photos to keep everything. Looking Professional items in a white color background are the most ideal because when you apply your pattern on it, the white color doesn't distort the colors from your pattern. Um, if there is color on the item not to worry. This can be edited and I will show you how. But try your best to look for solo or contrast in colors and later colors are also easier to edit. This will save you some headache. You want the item in the photo to have some shadowing because it adds more depth to the pattern and doesn't make it looking to flat front. Facing views or aerial views seem to be the best and easiest to apply patterns without having to distort and also having a variety of compositions is great for interest. One item only had multiple items and seen flatly showing an item that is always centered can be boring. Um, so just having a variety of compositions would be ideal. I also encourage you to play around with cropping to also add the interests and appeal. If this is all confusing, I will touch more while we're actually doing mock ups. So you will understand this better when I show you and just doesn't reminder before using any image, always be sure that you do have the permission to use it. You wouldn't want someone using your work with your commissioning, so I want to give you a few examples of some good photos to use for mock ups. I have this coaster photo here, which is to the point there's no editing needed. The coasters are on a white background so literally you can just trace the circle shape and just please your pattern right on top of it. So really easy to use this photo of this girl in the T shirt. It's bright. It's clean. The T shirt. Um, it's from facing and has a white background. So again you don't need to add anything. You could just apply the pattern right on top of the T shirt. He's no books. I feel have a really nice flatly composition. Um, it's an interesting photo. It's bright. It's, um, the notebooks are pink, but that's easy to add it because it is a lighter color. Or you can actually just lay the pattern on top of the pink background, if that's what you want. This photo I love. I love the pretty colors and the flowers. I think this is a really great overall aerial view. Um, I would be putting the pattern on top of that Kraft paper there, and I like the crack because it gives it more texture and it's just something new. Then if I was going to put it just on plain white paper, so now that you've got your perfect photo, let's get right into starting our mock up. 3. Create Your Path: Now that you have some good photos to use, it's time to get started. Photoshopped I'm going to start by using the most ideal photo that doesn't require any editing or alterations. So I found this photo here of this tote bag, and it is ideal because the tote bag is already in a white color. So I won't have to worry about doing any editing beforehand. I can just trace this outline that I want and then place a pattern right on top. So the portion that I want to select in this photo is just this main body of the tote. And to do that, there are a few ways, um, I'm going to just briefly show you some of the other ways to do it. But I will be showing you in detail the pen tool Onley because that the method that I prefer to use so one way to select the one specific area is to use this magnetic lasso tool that's right here. So, like that, I'm just gonna quickly show you how this works. So once I could get one point and I just follow it along the outside of the toe. It's gonna automatically Treece that too big. Just go quickly and then I will close it here, and then it selects it. Another way to select is using the Magic one tool. And once I click that spot, it will select a certain, um, a certain part click shift. I can keep selecting the parts that I want. Um, sometimes the Magic one works. Sometimes you'll have to play around with it and play around the tolerance also, so that could get a little more difficult. Another way to do it is using the quick maths, uh, mode, which you click this button here and you'll have to use the paintbrush and make sure here that you have black selected. So basically, you're painting, uh, what you want to select. Okay, so anything in red, that's what you will be selecting, and then it's you on click it. It will select this part. Now the pencil is the tool right here, and this is the one I prefer to use Onley because I feel it's the most effective. It's easier to control and easy to edit. Um, so the pencil essentially is just a series of points, and with those points there are handlebars where you can adjust the curve. Um, so I will show you how to do that. But first, I just want to note that you want to select appear, um, as you can see, this called the ad to pat area, and you just want to make sure this is turned on and this will ensure that it's selecting, um, the actual shape that you're drawing. So I'm just going to start. You just seem up here coming in. Plus, I'm just going to start by just really roughly tracing the outside this bag, close it off here, and I just roughly trace it because I know that I'm never going to get it 100% on the first try. So I just quickly trace around and I will go back and edit this. So today I'm gonna use this direct selection tool here or compress a once I select that you're gonna see these points that have created, and there are also handlebars. It's gonna zoom up here, and I'm gonna go back and just refined the path. Just making sure that, um I'm just making the path as close as possible to the object that I want to select. This could take some time, and some practice is Well, um, it may seem tedious, but it does make a difference. You'll notice the more accurate your path ISS and better. Your lockups are just clean this path up. If you're not familiar with the pen tool, it can get some, uh, requires some getting used to us. Well, but just like everything else, the more you work with it, that better you get at it. Okay, so I think that's pretty good. And so I'm gonna go over here, you'll notice under your paths toolbar. This work path is automatically being created every time you create any sort of shape. And so I'm just gonna go ahead and we need this. Just so, um, in the case where I have multiple paths, I know which one is which. So this will be my towpath. So now that we've created our path, I want to know save it so that we can use it in the future. And I like to create a folder. Um, that's called rated mark files. And I put all my, um, market photos in there so that I could just go back and use it whenever I need. I'm just gonna need this big one, because I know I'm gonna have different tote bags. And these are all saved as a Photoshopped Files so that I can go back and edit it, and there you have it. So next I'm gonna be showing you how to apply the pattern, so keep watching. 4. It's Pattern Time: Now it's time to apply a pattern to the photo whether you create your patterns using photo shopper illustrator and in my case, I use I create all my patterns. And illustrator, you want to be sure to create a rectangular or square shape that's large enough to fill the object that you're, um, applying it to. So I'm just gonna use this leak pattern I have here, and I made this rectangular shape so you can either coffee and paste or just drag right into Photoshopped. Just copy that, and I'm gonna taste it as a smart object. You want to choose smart object because this retains the original characteristics of your pattern. Just click OK there and could see that That's patterns a little large. So I'm just gonna shrink it down a bit and then lay it just right on top of my tote bag. And I want to go back to the paths toolbox. And here I'm not letting you do anything. That means you just need to place shut image, just press enter. Um so nice have your towpath here that was created. So you just want Teoh. Just make sure that selected do you want to go down here to this dotted circle, um, shape. And this is where you're going to load path as a selection, you're gonna go ahead and click that and then go back to your layers toolbar and select. This is your vector. Smart object. So that's my pattern. So you want to select that? Just go ahead and come down here and click this button here and add a layer mask, and that's gonna cut that shape to the path that you created and just to give it, um, just to let it blend in Better. I'm gonna come up here. These are my blending modes, and I like to choose multiply, multiply works well with, um, lots of patterns. That kind of gives it a see through look. And it just fits for the most part, for mock ups. So there you have it. It looks much more realistic. And I've created a market for this tote bag. So now we're just gonna save this. I'm gonna see even as a J pay, because that's what I I like to work with, conceded on my desktop, I'm took a big one, get a higher, um, a larger quality. And there haven't not married to use this in my promotional items. Um, my social media. So next I'm going to show you. Ah, more complicated image, Um, and also teach you some more tricks, so keep watching. 5. Something More: Now I want to go through mocking up another image that maybe a little bit more complicated . So I have this photo here of these luggage tags, and I know what you're thinking. You're thinking there's color. It's not white, but not to be alarmed, because I'm going to show you how we can edit that out and use this for a mock up. So right off the bat, I'm gonna go ahead and save this because I know I'm going to be doing a lot of editing, So I just want to make sure I have this saved. Save this into my ready to mock files as a photo shop. I'm just gonna need me luggage tags, Okay. Just so I don't have to worry about that. So the first thing I need to do is change my luggage tags into the white color. I'm going to start with this late pink one here only because it's one of the lighter colors , so it will be easier to adjust. And one way to do that is to use the pen tool that I showed you. Some gonna go ahead and use a pen tool and create that path again. um, around around this light pink luggage tag, I'm just gonna roughly go around closed, set up, Okay. And then I'm gonna just zoom up again, use my direct selection tool on Come in a or its this way, hero. Here. I'm gonna go back and refined these points as accurate as possible. It's okay to be tedious and spend a little more time on this. I notice here, I'm missing one of the handles. So to to add that handle, I'm gonna hold down this pen tool and go to this convert point tool. And I'm just going to go like this. Click on it and then my handlebar, his back. So it's really important to just take your time just to refine this is? Yes, you can, but that's okay. Just gonna fix this little bit. Okay? I think that's good. Go to my paths and that work path will be created. So I'm going to name this one. Um, tag. Say 12 Tag number four. Because I'm counting some up. Down. All right. I'm gonna go and load that path as a selection down here, and it's gonna have selected just that pink outline that I traced. I'm gonna go back to my layers and click on background. Now, I'm gonna go and adjust the coloring, using, um, the hue and saturation toolbox or command you. Um Now, I'm gonna adjust this so the hue is changing. The color of that saturation is the intensity of the color. And the lightness is obviously how light or dark you want to make it. So the best way to change it to a white is too decreases saturation pretty much all the way because he wanted remove that color. So now it's looking great. I'm gonna increase the lightness to make it a little brighter white. And that looks pretty good. I think that will be good enough to put our pattern on without distorting the colors. So I'm gonna cook. Okay, I'm just gonna do select that. And there I've changed that toe white. So this path number four is ready to go. Um, the next thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna change this dark pink color and white. And this is another way of doing it. Because this dark pink, it's the Onley dark pink in the entire image. I'm able to use the replace color features. I'm gonna go to the image adjustments replace color. What I can do here is with the eyedropper tool gonna click on the dark pink and it's gonna automatically, um, find that dark pink again. You have hue, saturation and lightness controlled. So it's the same as how we did it before for that late pink one. I'm gonna change the saturation as much as I can to remove that pink color increase that lightness, you get a little brighter. And then what I'm gonna do now is because I want to get rid of all this other dark pink. I'm going to click on this. I dropped her plus and this is gonna add to my selections. So not even a zoom up. And I'm going to select the remaining dark pink area. It's gonna add to that selection and change the levels of saturation and lightness. Click the remaining gonna fill whatever's left this Just some think I see here. No, no help. I can adjust the saturation, the holes just a lightness singly compound this pig here and I think that's pretty good. So then I'm gonna click, OK, and then I'm gonna go ahead n Treece with the pen tool this shape now gonna go back and find it, okay? And I think that's pretty good. So I'm gonna go back to my paths here again. The work path was created on your naming this tag one. And now I'm gonna go back to my layers back to the background. And now I'm gonna change this yellow color into the white the same way I did the dark pink because it's the only yellow in the image I'll be able to use the replace color eclipsed the yellow, decrease the saturation, write it up to select the rest of the yellows. See here. And I think that's fine. Click. OK, And then again, I can go and trace this. So if I look at this, um, yellow luggage tag, there's one part here. Two part here in three parts here, but that will all be covered with, um, one pattern piece. So I'm gonna separate these into three different, um, into three different paths shapes, but it's all gonna be within one of these paths. So again, going back to my pen tool? No, start with this shape. Trace 1st 1 Okay, that's the 1st 1 um, dinner refined this one. Okay. And I'm gonna raining this too. I tend to believe the sun's three. So if I want to keep thes three separate paths on the same path, they're going to keep this tag three selected, and then continue on with my pen tool and trace. Um, this other part right here, Gates, it's gonna make another part. I'm gonna go ahead and just keep tracing. Second goal. And do you find this? Now? When I go and load this, it's going to show 123 parts all together. Um, so now that we have our paths prepared next, I'm gonna teach you more extra tricks when we apply the pattern, so keep watching. 6. Other Tricks: welcome back. So now that we have our paths prepared, you can now apply the pattern on these luggage tags the same way we did for tote bag. So in il a shooter, I have my patterns that I want to use set up here. It's an interest. Coffee. This 1st 1 pasted in here and again, I'm gonna pace it as the smart object. I'm just gonna rotate this to suit the first bag. I'm just gonna really right on top of that first tag. Enter Took place. Shape Go to my paths on that one was tagged one select one I'm gonna load as a selection is gonna select that take, Go back to my layers and on my vector Smart object that one selected. I'm going to apply the layer mask, you know, and then a minute goal and use the multiply blend. Okay, so we have our 1st 1 Um, I want to apply this same pattern to the late pink one. So actually, going to right click. Um, sorry. I'm going to select this vector. Smart object here. I'm gonna duplicate this layer. Just click enter. So it's gonna, um, duplicate that, But I don't want to use this layer mask. So I'm gonna take this layer mask and drag it, okay, But it's going to still have the same blend mode and the same pattern. Select that. And I'm just gonna rotate that. I think that to cover, um, this luggage take, hear my car center, she just place that layer again. I'm gonna go back to the paths and I'm gonna select. Um, that one was tagged for. Go back to my layers and then add the layer mask. And so that's already gonna have this multiplied fund to it. So that one's done. Now, I want to add, um, a second pattern. So I'm gonna go back to my rose up, and I think I'll choose this one. Just copy again. A piece that rate in as a smart object. I'm gonna rotate it, shrink it down a bit. It's too big. Just lay over that middle, take their place that layer and go to my paths. And that one would have been take three. And remember, this one was ah de path with three parts to it and then a load It's gonna load all three. Go back to my layers And with that new vector smart object. I'm going again. Add that layer mask. Change that to the multiply. Okay, there. Have it. So when I'm taking a look at these patterns, um, I may want to adjust it a little bit just to make it suit better. So I'm gonna show you how to adjust the size. So, for example, this pattern here, I feel that it could be a little bit smaller, and it could be rotated. Um, so in order to do that, I'm going to click. I'm gonna have to unlock this some unlock right here. And then I'm just gonna click and make sure that this original smart object is selected. Okay? And then I'm gonna press V, um, to transform. And then this way, I'll be able to shrink down the pattern without affecting that path shape. Okay? And then I can rotate it with the transform handles. We think that's a little better. So once I'm done Una press center in the play, and then I'll have to go back here and lock it back up again. So it stays put. Um, something else that I want it at. It. Um Is this right here. So this little keyhole here, it shouldn't have any pattern on it, because it's a cut out. So in order to do that, I'm going to go back to my original vector smart object, and I'm gonna be editing the layer mask. So I want to click on this layer mask thumbnail, just so make sure that selected and how I can erase it or add pattern is using the paint brush tool or the eraser tool. Um, so in order to erase a pattern, um, I'm gonna paint over pace. I'm gonna click the paintbrush and you'll see that is erasing the pattern from that That mask something Erase list. Um, e don't need that's part of that cut out. Zoom in. So just to make it more accurate and more realistic, And if you've noticed that UV rays too much go here and click on the eraser tool on the eraser, um, tool is gonna be able to add the pattern back on, like so golden. All that's pretty goods. Okay. Still lived in that, um So my patterns are on, and I just want to kind of touch up the overall image just to give it that extra something . So I purposely I purposely didn't change this black, um Tae, because I felt like it suited my patterns. Wells, I'm gonna leave that as a solid black this blue. However, I do want to change the colors, and it's going to show you a quick way to change that color using that replace replaced color feature. Because this is the only light blue in this whole photo, I'll be able to do that. So I want to click on this background there Image adjustments school to replace color once again. So I'm gonna select that light blue. And now I'm just gonna change the hue because I don't need to change. I don't need to change it to a white, but I want to change it to a different color. So this is gonna adjust that color. I'm gonna find the right color that's gonna suit my patterns best. So I think I'm gonna go with that minty green changed saturation. I need to get a little darker. I'm gonna play around with it to make sure to try to match this color as best as possible. You can use the more situations okay and again just to fill in the other parts that I missed. I'm gonna click this ad on my dropper and just make sure I have all those like blues changed. What's just click? Undo there. Okay, so I think that's goods. And then click. Ok, so there I have it. Now, I don't really like this blue background. I don't think that goes too well with my luggage tags. So I'm just gonna do the same thing. I'm gonna go image, replace color. I'm just gonna select that old blue background. Um, and then I'm gonna play around with these controls to see what color I like for the wood. I think I'm gonna go with a light gray or a gray of some sort. So let's try that. Oh, I mean it again. Add to my selection. Just fill in all the other blues here, even even make it a darker gray. Sumitra had all the blue. Okay, I think I'm happy with that. Okay, Uh, something else that I'm noticing is that I feel like this pattern. Maybe it's a little too bold and it's a little too bright. Maybe it didn't blend enough, so I'm going to click on, um, that shape. I'm just gonna play with the hope a city and just make it a little less paint. Okay? I think that's good. And now, just the overall brightness. I feel like I want a little bit brighter. Someone's gonna go image adjustments, brightness. Just bring that up a little bit. Okay? I think I'm happy with this, so you can see that we did. Um, we've done a lot of editing to this, but it can be done, and it can be change to your liking, your specifications. So it's whatever you want to change in that mock up, you could do it with these simple techniques. 7. Reuse & Recycle: welcome back. So now that you've done the leg work of thes mock up images, um, what you can do now and in the future is go back and re use and recycle your images. Um, that's a great thing about it. Over time, I done so many mock ups, and I've created this ready to mock up folder and just really added tons of images to that library. So now I'm able to just choose one of those images and just apply a brand new pattern to it , and then it becomes almost like over a new image. So I'm gonna show you quickly. It's really easy. Um, gonna pull up the tote. A market that we did. And if we go to that paths Toolbox, our path is already there. Are you done? So all we have to do is just pull up a new pattern. Hey, sudden. There again as a smart object, this is a brand new pattern Just gonna shrink to that town and then loaded up. Go back two layers in the bed. Uh, add layer mask and then supply. And there I have a very new pattern. So now that you've learned some skills. You might want to change up the background a little bit also. So I'm gonna go and just try to replace that color of the brick. Possibly I think that might be facing that can change it to, like, a reddish color. Possibly. I'm gonna add to the selection. And that's kind of new, I think, actually, like this red click. OK, and now it looks like another image. Another thing that I can do is I want to play around the crop. Um, cropping images can definitely change up. Um, your photo. So this one in particular centered. So maybe I'm gonna try cutting it. Maybe I'm gonna try cutting it down to putting it to the side like this. Maybe I don't want to show any of the wood and it becomes a whole new composition. And all I have to do is save this as a new file, and I have a whole new image with a whole new pattern. 8. Video 8 Your Turn: all right. Now that I've shown you my message of doing mock ups, I think you're ready to try it on your own. So for the class project, I would like you to find your perfect photo. And I want you to play one of your patterns onto that photo using the methods that we discussed. Practice makes perfect. So don't be afraid to take your time and just keep practicing. Challenge yourself. Maybe find a little bit more complicated photo work with Just so you get that practice in, Um, you look at the hang of it. I promise you, if you have any questions at all, please write it into the discussion. I mean, try my best to answer all the questions as soon as I can. Thank you so much for taking this class. I hope you learned a lot, and I can't wait to see all of your projects.