Don't let the inability to produce or professionally document your work negatively impact a strong design. If you are looking to save some money (as most students are) or don't have the skills to pull off the perfect photo shoot, mockup templates are a professional alternative. Mockups are used in professional studios and agencies everywhere to present work to clients. Using them in your own portfolio will keep the focus on your strong concepts and visuals while illustrating to a potential employer that you have the ability to prepare projects for professional presentation in a digital format. There are many online sources for mock-up files. Below are a few options to fit any need and budget.
MOCK-UP EVERYTHING Go Media, the creators of Shirt Mockup, are proud to bring you Mockup Everything. Mockup Everything provides an easy-to-use online platform for applying your graphic designs to a growing variety of print products. Creative artists, like you, can visually prototype your merchandise design and save jpeg snapshots to share with your marketplace. This is a great way to test your product’s market potential as well as explore how it might look before going through the expensive manufacturing process. Take it a step further and upgrade to the Pro version to gain access to many more product templates and the ability to mockup snapshots twice the size of the free version.
PLACE IT PlaceIt can tell the story behind your app in seconds. The service is simple. You have screenshots of your app but that doesn't cut it if you want to engage your audience. PlaceIt is constantly working to take beautiful imagery with the latest devices. They process your screenshot and place it within environments for a final photo that can be used as marketing collateral.
GRAPHIC RIVER Everything you need for your next creative project. Over 4.5 million digital products created by a global community of designers, developers, photographers, illustrators & producers.
SPOON GRAPHICS No matter whether you’re presenting designs to a client or showcasing your latest work in your portfolio, taking the time to present your work can really boost its value and shows how the design works in its intended use. This collection of free PSD templates makes it easy to showcase your stationery & branding designs, business card and posters & leaflets in realistic settings as if they had been professionally printed and photographed.
PIXEDEN Great design resources all year round, Pixeden releases between 12 to 16 premium and 3 to 5 free resources a month. You can expect to get 150 to 200 quality resources a year from them in a wide range of categories from print templates, to icons set and web elements... Their resources have no download limit and are royalty free for use in both personal and commercial projects.