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When thinking about my first blog post, I wanted to talk about something that is beneficial to the typical designer. Mock-ups! They're an excellent resource for graphic designers, especially when putting together an online portfolio or presenting a concept to a client. You can easily add sophistication, dimension and context to your work through the use of a mock-up. Instead of sending over a flat digital image, take your final artwork and quickly mock it up to give your client a better idea of what their project will look like in the physical world. They'll appreciate the fact that you went out of your way to present their project realistically and it adds a professional spin to your overall work.
Below is a list of the top five websites that I turn to when searching for high quality mock-ups. Although many of these websites require a small monthly subscription fee to access their entire mock-up collection, there are always top-notch freebies up for grabs. Enjoy!
This website has one of the largest selection of design mock-ups online. From apparel, brand identity, brochures, flyers and mobile devices to packaging, there is usually a handful of mock-ups to select from for any given project.
I recently subscribed to their premium membership, a $10 monthly fee which allows for unlimited downloads to all their resources. I ended up selecting the Bi-Fold Mock-Up Template Vol. 01 for a local banking brochure and got some great results for my online portfolio. You can view the full project by clicking my portfolio link: Dedham Savings Brochures.
If you're looking for some great brand identity and stationary mock-ups, this website is my go-to. I'd suggest checking out their Bundles sections for the most bang for your buck. Their Infinity Mock-Up Bundle provides 70 unique mock-ups for under $40. If you're on a tight budget, they've got you covered. Their Free Mock-Up section has some great variety, such as this Stationary Mock-Up or this Flyer Mock-Up.
This is a relatively new site that is still establishing itself in the digital mock-up world. Their collection is slim compared to the other websites listed above, but don't let that fool you! What it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. There are some real stellar and unique mock-ups that can be found here. Their Free Files section includes a cool Restaurant Stationary Mock-Up and a slick Tri-Fold Brochure Mock-Up.
Other mock-up websites that maybe useful:
Am I'm I missing anything? Let me know which websites you use to find high quality mock-ups. Feel free to drop a comment below listing your favorites and I'd be happy to add it to the ever growing list of The Best Mock-Up Websites For Graphic Designers.
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