I create many of my hand lettered pieces on my iPad Pro with the Procreate App. And, I often want to show case those pieces on Instagram or my website, but I don’t necessarily want to just post a photo straight from my iPad. Instead, I want to show case the pieces like a piece of artwork that I sell in my Shop. However, all of the art that I sell is professionally printed and I don’t always have time to have the art printed before posting on Instagram. Not to mention that some days, the light in my house is awful for picture taking. I try to use natural light for most of my shots and some days there just isn’t much natural light, especially in the winter. This is when mockups become so handy!
The easiest way to solve this problem is through mockups! Take a look at the photo above. This piece of artwork was created on my iPad. Instead of printing it and setting up this flatlay, I actually just imported the artwork into the photo on in my Procreate app. There are just a few steps to using mockups.
Step 1: Get a Few Mockups
There are a few options on where to get your mockups. First, you can create your own. The one in the picture above is one I made for myself. I usually take a morning and shoot about 20-30 mockups using a few photo props. For example, I used the tulips in the photo above to make several different shots on different backgrounds and with different props. It’s easiest if you can shoot and edit several at a time.
Second, you can sign up for newsletters and get access to free mockups. The Ivory Mix, Creative Market, and SC Stockshop all provide free mockups to members, on occasion. If you’ve never tried mockups before, signing up for some free ones, is a great way to start and get a hand of using them.
Third, you can purchase mockups that match your brand or look. Once you get a hang of using mockups, you might start to want to more custom or branded look for the ones you use. Each of the sites I mentioned in the previous paragraph also have many mockups you can purchase. If you are looking for specific colors or elements, it might be worth investing in some great mockups. This is also a fabulous option if you aren’t comfortable with shooting your own photos.
Step 2: How to Use the Mockups
Adding your hand lettered art to a mockup in Procreate just takes a few minutes. I’ve got a short video to show you exactly how to do it.
If you have any questions about how to use mockups, feel free to leave them in the comments section below!