As I get closer to opening my Etsy shop, one of the things I need to do is to take product photos and/or have mockups of them so that I can show buyers what my stickers look like.
My photography skills are still not great, and even with a light box I’m getting weird shadows on product photos. So I thought I would try using some mockups, since my products are created digitally first. I’ve seen a million of them used on Etsy, so a quick internet search would net me some options, right?
Oh, sure, I found a ton of mockups available for free and for sale, but none of them were really what I needed. I’m not selling photos or prints, and that was the majority of the mockups out there. After an afternoon of fruitless searching, I decided I would try to make my own.
I own Photoshop CS6 (the last version you could actually purchase, rather than a subscription). I’m no expert user by any means, but I figured I would at least try. It turned out to be easier than I thought.
Because my monthly kits will be multiple pages, buyers will want to see what is on each page. Also, I may offer pages for individual sales, so they will definitely want to know what they are getting in that instance. So I needed two different mockups – one to show the entire kit, and one to show each page.
Using my limited Photoshop skills, I managed to come up with the following:
I’m using the kit I made for myself for February as an example. I managed to figure out how to make each page of the kit a smart object, so now I can just replace each sheet with an image from my Silhouette software, and I’m good to go!
Here’s the mockup I made so that you can see what’s on each individual sheet of the kit, in case someone wants to purchase only certain sheets:
I’m really happy with the way these turned out. I now have an easy way to show buyers what they are getting and all the front-end work I put in will make any new images I need to create fast and easy.
Now if I can just improve my photography skills!