How to create a mock-up of a framed photograph in Photoshop to help you sell more prints

Sep 13, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

How to create a mock-up of a framed photograph in Photoshop to help you sell more prints

Sep 13, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Many of us might not ever need to create a mock-up of how a photograph might look in a frame on the wall. If we’re only shooting for ourselves, we’d just print it, put it in the frame and hang it. Then we’d just know what it looks like. But for family, wedding and portrait photographers looking to sell prints to clients, it can be a very valuable tool to have in your arsenal.

Being able to shoot an image of a client’s home and present them with an image that shows their images hanging on their own walls can be a great way to show them the best sizes to get and what images might look good in a set. It’s a popular technique and there are even smartphone apps to help automate the process. But in this video, Sleeklens shows us how to do it the old fashioned way. In Photoshop.

The technique shown off in the video explains how to make it look realistic. It’s not just about slapping an image in as a new layer and resizing it to fit – although that is a part of the process. But what made this particular video stand out to me – and something not mentioned once in the video itself – is the fact that the photograph being composited onto the wall is a Smart Object layer within Photoshop.

Using Smart Objects in this way, particularly for photographers who have a whole session of images they can pick from means that you can easily swap out the images without having to do any extra work. All you need to do is double click on the Smart Object, paste a new image on top, save it, close it out, and your composite is automatically updated in the main canvas. So, it makes it easy to present your client with multiple options with very little extra effort.

Do you show mockups like this to your clients?

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “How to create a mock-up of a framed photograph in Photoshop to help you sell more prints”

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    John Beatty

    Cool, thank you sir.