PSD mockups are the best way to advertise your apps and make presentations or concept images for your project in development. If what you desire is a beautiful and working PSD mockup of an iPad Air, iPad Pro, or iPhone to show your project perfectly, there are three main ways to make one:
- You can use a service such as DropMock, to select from existing templates and drop your image into a ready to go mockup PSD file.
- You can get an actual iPad Air, iPad Pro or other model and take a picture of it with excellent resolutions to afterward edit it in your preferred picture editing software.
- Alternatively, you can create it digitally from scratch.
Using DropMock for an iPad Mockup
DropMock is an all in one mockup image and video design suite that does not require additional software like Photoshop or other editing software to achieve amazing and professional results. They feature standard or high definition quality, you are able to upload your own images, crop the images, preview the images before they are downloaded, and it is fast while still allowing you complete control over what you are doing.
To use DropMock to make an iPad mockup, it only takes three simple steps to get started:
- First, you select from one of DropMock’s many different and original in-house mockup scenes.It takes only a few clicks to make a standard or high definition mockup for iPhone, iPad, mobile, or much more. You can also choose to upload your own image or use an URL so that DropMock can take a screenshot from the website you have chosen and use that image.
- Next, you can begin to customize the image you have selected.One click is all it takes to put the image into the desired template. You also have the ability to crop the image to the size you want, and you can also preview the image and template before you even download it. By being able to preview the content first, you are able to save time by being able to choose only what you feel is the best.
- Finally, step three means you can now market and showcase your design. The design can be marketed to help with your presentations; it can be added to Facebook and social media accounts, emails, or even your own website.
DropMock Versus Photoshop
There are several complicated steps involved in making an iPad mockup when you are utilizing software such as Photoshop:
1) Open Adobe Photoshop and create a new document with a Width of 4000 pixels and a height of 3000 pixels and a resolution of 200. Set the Background Contents to Transparent.
2) Select the Rounded Rectangle tool and click anywhere in the work area. Create a round black rectangle with the dimensions you can see in the second picture. (Width: 2800 px / Height: 1800px / Radii: 60 px on all 4 corners)
3) Next, you’re going to create the rim that forms the edges of the iPad. For this, duplicate the rounded rectangle layer by pressing CTRL + J, this will bring a second identical shape on top of the previous one.
Change the color of the new rounded rectangle to silver (#dcdcdc) as shown in the picture.
4) Rearrange the layers putting the silver rounded rectangle behind. (For beginners: You can do this by holding and dragging the silver layer down in the layer list).
5) Having selected the Silver Rounded rectangle, press CTRL + T to use the Transform tool and resize the rectangle. Make it a few pixels bigger than the black one; the idea is to make a frame. (You can zoom in using the Zoom Tool for a better look at what you are doing).
Note: You can add a temporary black background to visualize the shape and size of the silver edge better.
6) Go to Layer Style for the silver rectangle and add Bevel & Emboss as shown in the picture below. This is to add a slight depth to the silver edge.
Add a gray stroke and an outer glow, as shown in the next pictures.
After this, go to the black rectangle’s Layer Style and add a light gray stroke (#bdbdbd) as shown in the picture.
7) To make the glass screen look more realistic, let’s add a lighting effect. First, using the Pen Tool, in a new layer on top of all the others, create a shape covering a section of the iPad’s body. The shape doesn’t need to be fancy at all; it just needs to cover the iPad like this:
After that, right click the closed shape and select Fill Path, set it to white color and press OK. Press Enter to discard the path.
Next, go to the layer of this shape (make sure this shape is on top of the black rounded rectangle layer) and position your cursor on the line between both layers while holding the ALT button, this should change your cursor to a tiny square with an arrow pointing down. Click, and you will mask the shape within the black round rectangle.
Now simply change the opacity of the White shape to 5-8%, depending on what looks better for you. 8) Now it’s time to add the screen (the image you wish to display on the iPad or iPhone mockup). Simply put your picture in the middle of the iPad body. For reference, you can look up an actual iPad image on Google Images, so you can better fit the size of the screen.
9) Now let’s add the iPad’s camera. Create three circles, one smaller than the other, each in a separate layer. Arrange them like in the picture with the following colors dark gray (#0e0e0e), blue (#070a36), and black.
– Add an outer bevel to the gray circle
– A black stroke to the blue circle
– A Bevel & Emboss to the black circle
Now you have your camera, select all three layers and position the camera in the proper place on the iPad.
10) Finally, it’s time to create the Home Button. Create a circle in a new layer and fill it with dark gray (#121212). Open the Layer Style and set up Bevel & Emboss in the following manner. Change all the settings as you see in the picture. The depth and size values might look different in your circle depending on its size so this, in part, you can adjust these values to what looks best on your design. The outcome should be like in the picture:
Next, create a black rounded rectangle. Position it in the middle of the circle and open its Layer Style to add a silver stroke:
After this, reduce the rectangle’s opacity to at least 60-65%. You can now join both layers or select them together. Move them to the right position on the iPad’s body and resize it to what looks best using the Transform Tool (CTRL + T), Remember to spin it according to the iPad’s position (horizontal or vertical) so the lighting makes sense.
If you are not interested in the many steps and twists and turns that you will need to follow while using a complicated program like Photoshop, then DropMock is the best solution for creating high-quality images and templates for your marketing needs without the fuss of learning a new program and acquiring special skills and training.
Photoshop takes much longer than DropMock which causes you to lose valuable time. By using DropMock, you can considerably cut down on production costs and instead, utilize the simple drag and drop interface.