How to apply a design to a mock-up in Photoshop

Last week, I covered how to make a vector mock-up for a gift card, tag and bag. If you haven’t read it yet, then I would recommend reading it before this blog post, just so everything makes more sense. For this second part, I am only going to focus on the gift bag.

The other points worth making before we start is that while you can mock-up a design in Illustrator, or indeed create a mock-up in Photoshop before applying a design to it, but for this tutorial, I am moving the mock-up made in Illustrator into Photoshop to apply the design.

The artwork I will be using is pictured below and is a design I have made. There will be a future blog post that explains why I created the design, but that will have to wait for another day.

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Step 1:

It’s important with every project to start with a suitable document. For this, it is a case of opening Adobe Photoshop, and making a new document, at 4000×3000 pixels. Depending on whether you plan to print your design or have it on-screen affects the Resolution and Colour Mode you choose. For print, you need 300dpi and CMYK, while for web use, you need 72dpi and RGB respectively.

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Step 2: 

Double-click on the Background layer in the Layers Palette to make it active. Set the Foreground Color to 50% grey, before selecting the Paint Bucket Tool, and clicking once to fill the canvas.

Step 3:

Now it is time to bring the bag mock-up into the document. Go into the Illustrator file, select all the elements of the bag and go to Edit > Copy (or Cmd/Ctrl + C) before going to the Photoshop file and going to Edit > Paste (or Cmd/Ctrl + V). Make sure the resulting dialog box has Smart Object selected and press OK. It will automatically be placed on a new layer. Re-size as necessary to best fit the document.

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Step 4:

This step may not be necessary for some, but I wanted to change the colour of the bag. Instead of changing the colour of each shape in Illustrator, I decided to create a select the Magic Wand Tool (or the selection tool of your choice) and select the bag. It may take some time to refine the selection.

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Then with the active selection, add a new layer and fill it with the colour you want, in this case for me I want black. Because of this, I set the Blending Mode to Linear Burn, but for most colours, you would choose Multiply.

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Step 5:

I also wanted to change the colour of the handles. Now as I made them black in the mock-up, this is harder to change, but still possible. Select the layer with the bag mockup on, and add a ‘Hue, Saturation, Brightness’ Adjustment Layer. I chose the settings you see below. The important part is to tick Colorize. Add a Layer Mask to the adjustment layer and press Cmd/Ctrl + I to invert the mask to black. Then select the Brush Tool, choose a relatively hard brush with the colour set to white, and brush in the areas you want to change colour. You can see the end result I achieved below.

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Step 6:

Now it’s time to apply the artwork to the bag. Find your art and place it into the document. (File > Place) However, it is going to need to be ‘warped’ to fit the bag’s shape. To do this, while it is still in transform mode, hover over a corner square until you see the usual re-sizing arrow appear. When it does, press and hold the Cmd/Ctrl key while dragging a corner to its new position. Do this for all the sides before you hit the Enter key to confirm the changes.

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That’s it for this tutorial! Hopefully it has been helpful to some degree. I am currently wondering whether to continue this series as I now have a lot less time than I used to, so don’t be surprised if a tutorial on a Tuesday becomes a lot less common in the future.