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Create Mockups on your iPad® with Procreate®

teacher avatar Sandra Mejia, Illustrator + Pattern Designer

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Class Project and Supplies


    • 3.

      Planning: Props and Theme


    • 4.

      Taking the Pictures - Tea Towel


    • 5.

      Taking the Pictures - Greeting Card


    • 6.

      Creating the Mockup - Tea Towel


    • 7.

      Creating the Mockup - Greeting Card


    • 8.

      Recoloring - Props and Backgrounds


    • 9.

      Reusing the Mockups and Conclusions


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About This Class

As a freelancer its super important to capture the attention of potential clients and have the best portfolio possible. Mockups are a very helpful way for you, and your Clients, to visualize how your art would work on real products.  In this class I will teach you all the steps to create your own mockups, from planning the objects, props, and backgrounds, to taking your own pictures, editing them, building the mockup files, changing the artwork on them and even changing the prop and background colors. This will all be done with some simple materials, your iPad® and Procreate®. 

I go through every step required to complete the mockups so no previous knowledge is necessary. 

By the end of the class, you’ll be able to plan and create mockups that suit your style and type of work to showcase it in the best way possible.

For this class you'll need a white object to mockup, a camera (i'm using my phone), simple props and background, and an iPad® with the Procreate® app.


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Sandra Mejia

Illustrator + Pattern Designer

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Hello! I'm a Freelance Illustrator and Pattern Designer. I was born in Medellin, Colombia (puedes escribirme en Espanol!). I create detailed, stylized, playful illustrations, patterns and characters from my studio in Ottawa, Canada.

I have very big eyes and I love animals. Most of my inspiration comes from nature and animals.

My art has been licensed by companies around the world for use in: Fabrics, Stationery, Kids, Editorial, Greeting Cards, Fashion, Puzzles, Gift and Home Decor.

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1. Introduction: Hello, welcome to create mockups on your iPad with Procreate. I'm Sandra Bowers, and I'm a freelance illustrator and creator designer. As a freelancer, it's super important to capture the attention of your potential clients and have the best portfolio possible. Mockups are a very helpful way for you and your clients to visualize how your art would look on real products. In this class, I will show you all the steps to create your own mockups from planning the objects, props, and backgrounds to making your own pictures, editing them, building the mock-up files, changing the artwork on them, and even changing the prop and background colors. This will be done with some simple tools your iPad and Procreate and you can even do part of the work from your couch. I love creating mockups because seeing my art on real products, even if it's just a mockup, makes me feel like my art has gone from this screen and the 2D to a 3D space and they are real objects in the real world and that is super exciting. This is a super easy way to build pieces for your portfolio, for an online store, or if you create your own merchandising and you want to see how your products will look like, this is a super important tool for that. At the end of this class, you'll be able to plan and create mockups that suite your own style and I will showcase your art in the best possible way. Join me and let's start creating mockups together. 2. Class Project and Supplies: For this class you will need an iPad with Procreate. You can also follow the class along in Photoshop, it will be somewhat similar. It's totally doable and you just need some basic props, some backgrounds and the objects you want to mark-up. You can use your phone camera, I'll be using my phone camera, you don't need any special equipment. I will not be using any externalize because I'm sitting besides a window and it's super bright as you can see in the recordings, and you can use a regular lamp if you need to, but you don't have to, just see besides a bright window. Here I have gathered different kinds of prompts. Some flowers and leaves from the garden, place stationary stuff on paper clips, and some things for the kitchen mock-ups, so I cut some lines on cucumbers. I also have the objects that will be marked up so I have a kitchen towel here and a greeting card and envelope. It's better if you use wide objects and try to find generic things so you're not infringing on anybody's trademark or copyright on the product. I also have different backgrounds, like this piece of cardboard that I have covered with marbled contact paper. For the class project you will need two mark- ups. I will be providing you with my two files so you can follow along and you can put your artwork on there too, but it will be great if you take you own pictures. Remember to post your projects in the Project Gallery. I cannot wait to see what you create and let's start the class. 3. Planning: Props and Theme: Depending on what mock-up you're creating, you should choose your background. I'm creating a kitchen one for my tea towel so I covered this piece of cardboard with conduct paper to look like a marble counter top. I have this wooden cutting board, these twigs and some lemons, some cucumbers. I can make the props play along with the object that you're going to mock-up. For example, for my tea towel, I think these elements will look great. I'll do the same for the stationary mock-up. I'll pick some little flowers from the garden, get my card and envelope to mock up and extra things like these clips with tassels, maybe some clips with puff balls, letters, stamps, and whatever you think will suit the mock up you're creating. I like to create a theme and a color palette around the object and going to mock up. For the green card, I'm going to create a spring theme. I'm going to use bright flowers and some little leaves. In the next lesson, we will start taking the pictures. 4. Taking the Pictures - Tea Towel: In this lesson, we will take the pictures for a tea towel mock-up. You can decide how you want to fold your tea towel. I'm going to create a simple fold. So now let's fold that in half and then in thirds. Think about the composition of your picture. I want mine to be a square. Try to visualize where you're locating the objects. Here, I'm starting to locate the elements in a way I think will look nice. The amount of elements on their position will vary according to your style. You can also overlap some elements to make it look more realistic. Now I'm looking at it and having nice square in mind. I think I need something in this corner. So I'm using my cucumbers slices here. I'll just take my camera and set it to a square and move it around until I find a crop that I like. I think this one's pretty, to make it brighter, I tap on the screen and slide up and take the picture. I usually take several pictures with different crops and angles. Just think about your artwork and how you think it will look nicer. The style of your mock-up should be in line with your style of artwork. Try different things and see whether you liked the best. Remember to vary the angle of your camera. Now that we have these pictures ready, let's start taking the grading-card picture. 5. Taking the Pictures - Greeting Card: In this lesson, we will take the pictures of the greeting card mockup. I'm going to use my table as a background this time. This is just a regular greeting card I bought and I folded it inside out. If you don't want it to stay open like this, you can just grab a piece of tape and seal it shut. The envelope, you can use on either side. I have a window on my right side that is very, very bright. I want this because since the light is coming from this side, it creates some cast shadows that make the mockup look more realistic. If you don't have a bright window, or you want to use a lamp, just place a lamp, not on the top of the picture, but on this side. Think about your theme, always. If you were making a mockup for a Christmas card, for example, you'd be using Christmas props. But this one is going to be a Spring mockup so I'm using some lace and some lavender. Also, think about your layout. Mine's going to be a square. So I'm thinking about that while I'm laying everything out. I'm going to flatten this flower a bit, so it looks better from the top. This part is all about experiment. I don't want to make it to busy because I don't want to distract the viewer from my artwork. Now I'm going to take the picture in the same way as I showed you before. I'll take different pictures as I go, changing and moving the props around so I can have more options to choose from later. Make sure that if you have elements that overlap, they won't be in the way of the focal points of the artwork. For example, for greeting cards, I don't like anything covering the card because it might interfere with the text. But I do like it when it overlaps on the envelope. I suggest you try lots of arrangements and take lots of pictures to choose from. Now that we have the pictures for this stationary mockup, let's open Procreate and start creating our digital files. 6. Creating the Mockup - Tea Towel: In this lesson, we will create the mockup files in Procreate. I've used AirDrop to transfer my pictures from my phone to my iPad, and I'm going to go through them, and choose which one I like the best. I'll probably use most of them in different mockups, but I'm choosing one for the class. I'll choose this one because I like the light, the location of the elements, and I think it has enough area to showcase my pattern. I'm going to go to Procreate and create a new Canvas. I'll make it square and I'm not going to make it too big, because I only use these mockups for Instagram on my website, so I'll make it 1200 by 1200 pixels. I always make everything at 300 pixels per inch, which is print resolution, just in case I want to print it out. But when you're going to use this for the web, you should only upload 72 pixels per inch images, so they're faster to load on websites, and they're not so easy to copy. You can name this so it's a preset and you don't have to input this every time you want to make a mockup. Now, press, "Enter" and open that document. All here to the wrench, add, insert a photo, and chose your picture. Tap here to deselect it, and see if you like it. If you want to crop it, just stop here to select it and make it bigger, or rotate it until you're happy with it. Then tap here to deselect. The other thing that I like to do is go here to the adjustments. Go to curves, and move this handle slightly to the left so that it brightens it up a bit. I keep playing around with it until you get the effect you want. I'm looking for the picture to be very bright, but not to the point that it looks overexposed. Now tap here again. The mockup is going to have several layers. So I'll go into the layers panel and renamed that layer by tapping on it and renaming it. Then add a new layer, tap on it and rename it. I'm calling it Mockup Mask. What we're going to do on this layer, is to draw with a solid color, the shape of the object we're going to put our artwork on. Select "The Brushes', go to Airbrushing, and Hard Airbrush. Now make sure you have a bright color that will stand out from your picture. I have chosen this bright pink. Zoom in a lot and start painting the area of the tea towel. Make your brush small so you're as accurate as possible. I'll split this up, but take your time to really follow the shape of the object. Here it's not a straight line. Some mockups are done that way and they don't look too professional. Plus, once you create the mockup, you can use it many different times with all types of artwork, so it's worthwhile to spend some time on creating the main file. You can also buy mockups that come already prepared this way, but I find that sometimes creating your own is the best way to go, because you want something very specific, or you want something that nobody else has. Once you know how to make them, you'll start noticing all kinds of white products and surfaces you can mock up your art on. Here we have the leaves overlapping. I find that this takes more work, but it makes such a difference in the finished product. I'm just going to do the same thing, maybe make my brush a tiny bit smaller to get into the corners, and just go around the leaves. If you don't understand what's happening somewhere, just zoom out. See there's a leaf there that looks too round, so it looks weird. As you go around, make sure there's no gap so that we can fill it later with a solid color. Now that we went around the tricky areas, I can select the big brush and just close this shape. I'm going to drag this into the inside of my shape to fill it. If I keep my pencil pressed and drag it to the sides, you can see the threshold appear here. Slide it to the right as much as you can before it floods the whole page. Make sure that it didn't leave any gaps. I'll check to see how it looks and I think it looks pretty good. So now our mask is ready. Now we press here, "Insert a Photo", choose an illustration or pattern you want to insert. I'm going to deselect it by touching here, and zoom out, and move it to the left, so I can see what I'm doing, and open my layers. This is my inserted image. I'm going to select it and select "Clipping Mask". It'll only show up on the area that we painted pink. But this looks very fake right now. So go to the mask layer and touch the end and select "Linear Burn". I'll zoom in a lot so you can see what that does. Now you can see the texture and the fabric here. If we leave it at normal, then you don't see that and the texture is what makes this look real, like a printed towel. Now we just have to position the image in the right place, so go back to the layers, to the inserted image, select here, and rotate and resize it, until you like how it looks. See how great it looks where the little leaf is overlapping. When you're happy with how it's laid out, just touch here and you're done. As an extra detail, you can add your logo or watermark if you want. I have my logo created as a brush. You can see how I did that in this other Skillshare class. So now I just have to create a new layer. Select the color that goes well with my image and just press once, like a stamp, and select it to resize it and rotate it. But make sure uniform is selected so you don't screw it. You can also go to the layer and change the transparency here, and set it to multiply, so it lands better, and reduce the opacity so it's not too obvious. I like that you can see mine, but it doesn't interfere with the artwork. You don't have to do this, but if you want to, this is an easy way to do it. This is ready. So press here, "Share, "Save As a JPEG" and send it to Instagram, or save it on your iPad. The first one is done, so let's go and create our greeting card mockup. 7. Creating the Mockup - Greeting Card: In this lesson, we'll create a greeting card mock-up. Create a new document, and now you have the square piece that we created last time, so select that. Open "Actions", "Add", "Insert a photo", and chose your picture. Now this selected angle to adjustments, curves, and play with the sliders to make it brighter. Press "Adjustments" twice to exit. I'm going to zoom out and select it. Make sure Uniform is set, and I'm going to make it bigger and reposition it. Once I'm happy with it, I'll deselect it. Now we can do the same thing we did before. Go to the "Layers panel", touch the picture layer and rename it. Create a new layer on top, touch it and rename it. I'm calling this one card because we'll have two different mask layers here. The card and the envelope, so you can add different images or colors to them separately. First the card. I'll choose my pink color. Go to the brushes panel and select "Airbrush", "Hard Airbrush" and just go around coloring it in. If you're making something with a straight edge, just draw a line and don't leave the pencil at the end, hold it and you'll see it becomes a straight line, and now you can move it into place. You can make the brush smaller if you want one more precise corners, but we'll go over them later. Again, I draw my line and hold it so it's straight and I release it when it's in place. See these here. The paper must have warped abit so it's not totally straight. I'm going to just color these part in. I'll just keep doing the same thing all around. By the end, I'm going to really zoom in the corners to make sure they look okay. Once you've gone all the way around drag your color and drop it into fill it. That's the area where we will place our card image. Now go to "Layers" add a "New layer" and we name it. This is where we make our envelope mask. I'm going to use a different color for this one. I'll spit it out because you know the drill. Here I can just draw a line just make sure the shape is closed off. I went over to the leaves because it was easier to make the straight line and then come back and erase this part. Erase it and draw all around the leaf. See this little shadow here. That's going to so pretty when we put our images on these. Remember that the way to get those shadows is to just use one light source like a bright-line though on one side or a lump. It's all fields now. So I go to the Layers panel on touch the end and select the linear burn. Then to the same with the card layer. You'll see that now you have a dark area here where the shapes overlap. We have to get rid of it now. Select the card layer. Choose "Select", and then go to the envelope layer and use the eraser to raise the overlapping areas. Since only the shape of the card is selected, you can use a big eraser and only the areas inside the card will be erased. This makes it faster. Then just touch here, and it deselects it. It's mock-up is ready. So let's bring our art working. This illustration that I created for my income coloring, procreate class hearings, culture, head on to that class if you want to see how I created it. We select, this and go to the layers and drag in on top of the card mock-up layer. Click on it and select clipping mask. Now that is contained within this shape of the card. Also not so I can see what I'm doing. Select it. Make sure uniform is selected and reduce the size and we position it. Sometimes when he plays images on mock-ups, you'll see that they look a bit too dark. So just go to adjustments, use saturation and brightness and increase the brightness just a tiny bit and I think that looks better. I don't want to add a pattern to the envelope. I just want to change the color. So I click on the Envelope layer, press "Select", and then select the color I want. I grabbed my hard airbrush, make it really big and just color it all in. Now touch here twice to deselect. There it is. I really like how that looks. But I'm going to show you how you could add a pattern to the envelope. It's basically the same thing that's on the card. So I'll add and name it as a clipping mask. But I want it to be different. So I'm going to play with the blending mode until I find something I like. I can also reduce the opacity, resize and move it so it looks better. This is ready. So now I'm just going to add my logo to it. Both to share export as a JPEG, and save to my iPad. Mock-ups are done. So in the next lesson, I'm going to show you how to change the colors of the props and the backgrounds in super easy way. 8. Recoloring - Props and Backgrounds: Having prompt some backgrounds that match your art-work, is super important. I'm going to show you a super easy way to change the colors of these objects so it matches everything in your piece. Just start a new layer on top of your picture layer and name it. Grab your hardware burst brush and the color of your choice, and start the color in overdosed shape like we did with the mock-ups. Use a super small brush to get into the tiny details and when you're done, just fill it with color. Zoom in and out to check it. Go to the layer search the N, and go through color and set it to color. Erase any areas that are overlapping or feel in the gaps, and that's it. Now you just have to drag different colors onto it to match your artwork. To change the background, you do the same. Add a layer called background and color it in. I'm going to set that the color in the blending modes and I can also play with the opacity. Now, you just have to drag different colors onto it to match your artwork. If you set it to multiply, you get a different effect. If you want a solid background, you can leave it in normal and make the opacity 100 percent. Or you can even add an image, select the layer and make a clipping mask, and then play with the opacity of that. This way, you have infinite possibilities and you get to create all new different styles from this same mock-up picture. Now that you know all these, I will show you how to reuse the file to use with different types of backgrounds. 9. Reusing the Mockups and Conclusions: Now that you have done all the hard work, you can reuse these mock-ups and change the artwork on them easily. While in the gallery, swipe left and duplicate your file. Open it, select the Mock-up Mask layer. Both do actions. Insert your artwork. Swipe left on the old artwork layer, delete it, and reposition your new artwork layer as you please. That didn't take long after all the hard work replacing the mages in sun-breeze. Now you know how to plan your mock-ups, take your own pictures, edit them, build a mock-up files, change the artwork on them, and even change the proper background colors. This was all done with your iPad and procreate, and you probably part of it from your angle IP. I hope you enjoyed this class and that your super excited to create new waste to showcase your art work. Please follow me here on Skillshare so you get updates when I post a new class. You can also follow me on Instagram @Sandrabowersart. If you like these class, please leave a review and share it so more people can find it. Again, thank you for all your support. I love creating classes. I'm teaching you everything I've learned since I started. Things I've liked to have known when I started this journey and things that I learned along the way. Thanks for following up with me and I'll see you soon. Bye.