Oct 11, 2016

How to Create a Packaging Design Mockup in Photoshop

Have you ever wanted to create a mockup of how your Graphic Design will look on the package it’s destined to be printed on? Throughout any designer’s life, either for yourself or for a client, you will work on a Graphic that needs to be printed out and applied to a physical object.

The hardest aspects of adding Text, Logos, or Graphics to any surface inside a photo is getting the perspective, Color, and Texture correct. Aaron will Guide you through a step-by-step process for making this tedious design task, both easy and phun.

Copy the Logo Onto Your Clipboard

Use Move Tool (V) to drag Logo onto Box document. Transform (CTRL/CMD + T) to Make Logo smaller, and fit box. Next, copy Logo onto clipboard by holding CTRL/CMD and clicking on logo thumbnail to select it, then hitting CTRL/CMD + C to copy the selection to the clipboard.

Make Logo layer invisible and deselect (CTRL/CMD + D). Create a New Layer, and on it go to ‘FilterVanishing Point‘.

Create Perspective Plane

In the Vanishing Point Filter, click on the Create Plane Tool and place a point at each of the four corners of the box. The Filter will automatically connect these dots into a perspective Grid. Get it as accurate as possible, but don’t worry if it needs fixing – you can edit your points at any time.

Place Logo in Filter

Hit CTRL/CMD + V to paste the Logo (from your clipboard) into the Filter. Transform the image (CTRL/CMD + T) to make it the right Size for the box. Then, just click and drag it onto the plane, and it will automatically transform into perspective.

To create another plane next to the first one, choose the Create Plane Tool. Click on a side of the first Grid, hold CTRL/CMD, and drag out to the end of the box to create your second plane.

Follow the same steps to paste and drag your Logo onto this second plane, and it will Transform into perspective as well.

Blur the Logo for a More Realistic Look

As a bonus, we cover how to blur the logo so it matches the perspective blur of your photo. Right click on your logo layer and click ‘Convert To Smart Object‘, allowing you to use a Smart Filter.

After the conversion, go to ‘Filter – Blur Gallery – Tilt Shift‘, and adjust the settings to make your Logos look like they’re blurring into the Distance. Since it’s a Smart Filter, you can go back and change your blur at any time.

And that’s it for creating a packaging design mock-up in Photoshop! It’s a simple way to show your design work in Action.



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  • user image

    How would you do this to a curved surface like a bottle or side of a water tower?

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    Aaron, Thank you so much for this tutorial. I need to do this on a book image and couldn’t figure out how. It was on point! I have some Photoshop experience but no where near where I need to be. I’m considering purchasing your bundle course. I think it’ll help be out a ton. By the way, I love your look.

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    Edward Nachman

    Why not make the smart object at the beginning of any Photoshop project?

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    Russ Regler

    I’m not a professional photographer or designer. I just want to accomplish a few things in Photoshop and am too old (70 ish) to make it a career.

    I’ve watched a number of tutorials on YouTube in order to learn a technique or learn how to accomplish a specific result. Some videos have sound and some are without sound (very difficult to understand).

    Without doubt, you produce the best, easiest to understand, and most helpful videos I have seen. They are not only focused on a particular task but also clearly explain the thought process behind creating the desired result. They also add enough additional information so that the techniques used can apply to other tasks.

    In short, I can’t thank you enough for your tutorials. They are extremely valuable to me and I’m sure many others.

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    Super Cool Brother Aaron!
    You can also create a smart object to create or turn this in to a logo mockup! Then you can open that smart object, paste your logo, save it, sit back! your logo will be in the perspective! I hope this episode could show that smart object mockup here for future uses, as showed by aaron in billboard mockup tuts!

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    Great tutorial, as usual.
    Once you have transformed the label in Vanishing Point, you can simply hold the Option/Alt key and click and drag the logo (the cursor becomes a double arrow) to the other plane of the box to copy it there. The saves you from having to re-paste and transform the image from the clipboard and thus, matching the previous transform perfectly.

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    What a great tutorial (as usual)! I didn’t even know this Vanishing Point Filter existed…you’re a much better teacher than anyone I had in college. Thanks, Aaron!!!

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    Great tutorial!
    Can this project be used as a template? Once the vanishing point filter has been closed. Can we go back and change the pasted image?

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    You’re a genius. I was not aware of either of these techniques and do a lot of mock ups. This is so fantastic. Your tutorials never disappoint, they are the best! Thanks so much!

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    Love this tutorial. I just needed to do this for a client last week and used transform, CNTL clicking and dragging corners – didn’t know about Vanishing point tool. Much better. Your example is great for a pasted box label… I did a version that looked like the logo was printed on the box (as opposed to a printed label) and reduced the opacity and added a texture to reveal the box under the “ink”. Love PHLEARN and send all my clients and friends here for training. Please, please keep them coming!

    Photoshop Tutorials: How to Create a Packaging Design Mockup in Photoshop

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    thank you so much for your helpful tutorial. As a beginner, I have two questions : 1. my logo’s side on the box in vanishing point is not straight and smooth. It has some small zigzacs as u can see in my attached picture. 2. Can we redo in vanishing point windows? It seems there is no history. Pls help!

    Photoshop Tutorials: How to Create a Packaging Design Mockup in Photoshop

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    Hi Aaron,

    Thanks for another great tutorial. Quick question, when adjusting the corners of the second plane into the correct place, I notice it affects the corners of the first plane. So when I got the 2nd plane right, the 1st plane was now not right. Is there a way around this?


    Lucy : )