I could not count how many times a mockup has saved my life. And like me, millions of designers around the world. But if you are not very into the world of graphic design, that word may sound like Chinese to you, so I’m going to tell you a bit about what it is about.
Mockups are a kind of photomontage that allows designers to show a preview of how your designs would look applied to different formats. For example, let’s say you are commissioned to design an illustration for a mug and when you have it finished, the client wants to see how the design would look on the mug. Well, instead of having to print a real mug (with the consequent expense that this entails), with a mockup you can make a virtual montage that allows you to see roughly how the illustration would look on the mug.
If you are still studying, mockups can also be a good way to show your work in your portfolio. This gives a more professional appearance and can help you bring your designs to life, putting them in context so that they are much better understood.
There are many types of mockups ranging from business cards, brochures, books, posters, t-shirts, billboards … But if you don’t know where to look for them, here are my favorite places where you can find free and quality mockups .
Hope you find it useful!
This is one of my favorite sites to download free mockups. The only bad thing is that they are not categorized and you have to go looking around the web to find what you are looking for. However, the quality of the mockups and that they are free for personal and commercial use, makes it worth the effort.
Behance can also be a good place to find free mockups. And is that many designers use this platform to upload their photomontages and thus make them available to anyone who wants to use them. Of course, take a good look before downloading if they are suitable for personal or commercial use.
I have spoken to you Freepik several times already, but it is a page that I use a lot in my day to day. Among other things, here you can also find mockups, so it is worth taking a look. On the positive side, it has a fairly powerful search engine (and in Spanish!) And a wide variety of resources. The bad thing is that in the free version (it has a premium that can be paid monthly or annually) it has the condition of use to mention the author.
Mockup Planet is a website that collects free mock-ups and has a fairly extensive catalog. You also have them sorted by categories, although the bad part is that if you want to download one, it makes you share it on social networks before or wait 30 seconds. I don’t use it too much for that, but it is an option that you can take into account if you do not find what you are looking for in the previous ones.
With Dribbble it happens a bit like with Behance. Despite not being a platform designed for this, there are many users who share their free mockups with the community so that whoever wants to can use them freely.
Free Design Resources
This is a very interesting website that collects resources for graphic designers. In addition to mockups, they also have fonts, templates and vectors, so I would bookmark them if you dedicate yourself to design.
Although I don’t like the design of this page very much (it is full of advertising) and that Some of the mockups they have seem a bit old, I also wanted to include MockupFree in this list because they have a pretty big catalog. It depends on what you are looking for, it may be useful for you.
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