Once you open a PSD file with our Mock-up, you will see that all project layers have proper colors assigned, they are properly named and ordered.
The Mock-up files may differ from one another, but in order to make using them easier, we have adopted a common terminology and methodology of use.
Usually, each Mock-up consists of three main groups:
The most important layer for us is the Customize group – this layer allows you to adjust the Mock-up in line with your needs.
Each Mock-up contains at least one Highlights layer, responsible for shading and lighting of a given object. The Highlights layer may be located as the Clipping Mask of the group or it can be its content.
By controlling the Opacity of the Highlights layer, we can determine the light intensity and the photorealism of the object. Usually, the Opacity should be slightly higher in the case of dark colors than for brighter packaging.
The contrast and brightness of the Highlights layer are best controlled with the use of Levels.
In order to paste your project, you need to find the Smart Object-type layer, which contains the project. To do so, toggle the Name – Customize group. Here you will usually find two or three described subgroups that will help you find the project layer. In the picture below, it is the Label layer.
To paste the project into the Smart Object layer, it is enough to toggle the appropriate subgroup – it will contain the appropriate Smart Object layer named Project with a project that is to be replaced.
Sometimes, the Smart Object layer with the project may have a Clipping Mask-type layer pasted. It contains the information on the color of the project base (e.g. paper). By turning it off and setting the project’s Blending Mode to Multiplay, you will get a transparent print effect.
Remember: to achieve a realistic transparency effect, you will need to add a white overprint layer. You can do so by a proper modification of your project layer or even the Mock-up itself.
The packaging subgroup usually has a Clipping Mask layer pasted in. It contains the information on the packaging color. By clicking it, you can easily and quickly change the color of your packaging.
In the case of some Mock-ups, you can separately change the color of the bottle and of the liquid inside it.
The last layers that we need to discuss are the Shadows and Background Color group.
The Shadows group contains layers responsible for adding shadow to the object – depending on your needs, you can switch them off or decrease/increase the intensity.
The last layer, Background Color, allows you to change or switch off the background color, as needed.