Friday, 8 January 2016

Mockup Tutorial!

Hey guys!  I promised you a tutorial on how to do a mockup, and here we go.  I'll try and keep it simple!  This will be a mockup for onesies (I know, it's a copyrighted name... I'm ok with that!).

First off, you'll want to do a google search for an image with transparency for whatever it is that you want to do a mockup of.  For the love of God, don't make the same mistake that I did and type "transparent onesie" into Google image search.  There are a large number of adults out there who wear onesies, so I learned!

You can edit the search features of Google image by using the "Search Tools" then going to "any color" and changing it to transparent.  This allows you to use a custom background in your mockup.

Now open Adobe InDesign!  If you don't have it, get it!  It's an amazing program, and you can play with the Samantha font in there all you like, then copy/paste it into Sil Studio!  If you're using some other editing program, hopefully some of these steps will help you out!

Once Adobe is open, goto "File -- New -- Document" and select whatever size area you like to work with.  I usually do a 4x6" photo picture.

Take your rectangle frame tool (on the left side panel, it looks like a square with a cross through it) and make a frame around the entire outside of your image area.  Now you can drag and drop any background image onto the ugly old white area!

If you google "mockup backgrounds" and change the search feature to "labelled for reuse" then you won't get in any trouble for using these image.  Win!

Right click on the image (a greyish little circle should be visible first), then choose "Fitting" then "Fill Frame Proportionately".

I usually lock the background at this point (right click menu -- Lock), then I don't mess it up as I try to add other things!

Now draw another frame and drag & drop your transparent image into it.

Resize the frame or picture, whatever makes it look perfect to you.

Write some text on the image, or draw another frame and drop a picture... But here's your chance to play with your fonts, colors and designs.  Fun!

Start with boring, then let creativity take over.  Make the colors similar to ones that you have HTV/Vinyl for, use fonts that you own!  Just make sure any images are transparent, otherwise they'll look goofy!

Next, we're adding our watermark!  That way, no one can steal our designs and sell them with your picture.  The cheek!  Make a text box, write in your watermark information.  I like to use my webpage in a repetitive pattern.  I choose between a transparency 10-20, depending on the background and images.  This one is going to be a 10.  Copy/paste that watermark all over.  It's subtle enough that you can abuse it! 

Next up... Adding the information!  I usually do my text in black with a white background as you can see the text no matter what colors you have for a background.  I'm using "Cimochi" as the font here as it has glyphs, like Samantha... You can easily change the letters around in InDesign!  

Window -- Type & Tables -- Glyphs

It's that easy.  Then all you have to do is highlight an individual letter, and it'll pop up with all the different choices you have for that letter.  Beauty!  

This is where I decided that I no longer liked the wood-look background, and changed it up.  I then moved everything around to fit it all in there, saved it, then exported it as a JPEG so that it's all ready for my facebook page!  

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