WHAT IS A MOCK-UP?
It’s basically a customisable representation of a products visual appearance. Often it will hint at how the item will be used and it also makes it easy for a customer to grasp in a second what it would be like to own your product – in this case a t-shirt. In essence it’s a way of showing your product in a realistic setting so people can get a clear idea of what it would look like in real life.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING MOCK-UPS?
Instant high quality product shots. People who create mock-ups will consider things such as light direction, shadow, reflection, skew etc to make the final image super realistic whilst also suitable for a wide range logos/designs. The end result will have the look and feel of a professional product photo.
You can show your design on different garment types. It’s a great way of testing out which artwork work best with various garment types before you commit to a a print run. If you’re unsure of what your customers would prefer mock-ups are also a great way to present potential products to your audience and find out which is most popular.
You can show your product in different scenarios. Tell a story around your product by showing what your t-shirt looks like folded or on a hanger or worn so potential customers can really get a feel for what it’s like to own it.
We can get a good idea of what you want your t-shirts to look like before they’re printed. Mock-ups are extremely useful not only because they help us provide you with an accurate quote but they’re also a great visual reference for our printers meaning that the final product you receive is guaranteed to be exactly as you designed it.
OUR TOP 3 T-SHIRT MOCK-UPS
1. Two T-shirt Mock-ups from Pixel Buddha
These are amazing because they’re free and the end result is professional and fully customisable. You will need basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop to be able to use them however the download does come with instructions. DOWNLOAD HERE.
2. Photoshoot Apparel Mock-ups from Creative Market
This pack is a steal as you’re basically paying $18 (£13.70) for a photoshoot. There’s a variety of garments included and women’s variation also available for download. The vintage filters shown are optional and come in a separate folder so can be used for other projects. Again Adobe Photoshop is required. DOWNLOAD HERE.
3. Basic Mock-ups from Shirtmockup.com
If Photoshop isn’t really your thing then this website is perfect. What the free version lacks in garment choices it makes up for in ease of use and you can have a realistic mock-up ready for download in seconds. TRY IT HERE.