It’s the start of a new year and it is time to update your portfolio with the best possible mockups of your latest work. By far, my favorite source is PSDcovers.com, which offers flawless Photoshop actions that create high-resolution, layered files suitable for large projects. The entire process involves only two steps and takes mere seconds to complete. Even better, they have hundreds of actions available for FREE. If you need their premium actions, their subscription rate is only $1.35 a month!
Before You Begin
Go over to PSDcovers.com and download the PSDcovers Photoshop plugin, which is free. Follow the instructions in the Quick Install Guide on their website to install the plugin, then launch Photoshop. From Photoshop’s Window Menu, scroll down to Extensions and select PSDcovers. The plugin will be added to your panels automatically.
Next, create an account and and sign in. (An account is free and does not require a credit card.) Close the title page. Type “free” in the Search Field and start browsing. Or you can select a category (brochures, boxes, etc.) from the Dropdown List to the left of the Search Field.
Select an action and click on “Step 1”. The action will create a new working file and stop. The working file will have sections blocked off in gray or black. These blocks represent the sides of your project that will be showing when the mockup is complete.
Tip: Don’t close this document until you are sure that you like the final result! That way, you can always go back to the working file if you make a mistake.
Open your artwork in Photoshop and select the appropriate area. Drag or cut-&-paste your selection into your working file and distort your selection as necessary to make it completely fill the space. It is helpful to have “Snap” selected in the View Menu.
Repeat this process until you have all the sections of your project placed and distorted in the working file.
Tip: Make sure that all your artwork layers are at the top of the list of layers in the Layers Panel (F7) before you proceed to Step 2.
Go back to the PSDcovers panel, click on “Step 2”, and Violà! Your perfect and awesome mockup is done in seconds, complete with realistic shadows underneath. Nothing could be easier.
Below is my final result. Hide the white background to get a transparent background. Within the top layer group are all the editable layers of the image so that you can adjust everything to best suit your content. Happy portfolio updating!