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Wondering what a “mockup” is?  What is “PSD”?

Wondering what a “mockup” is? Don’t know what in the world a “PSD” is? Then you’ve come to the right place. This article will discuss mockup PSDs in detail, giving you the knowledge you need to make educated decisions about your design process.

It must be noted that mockups are an important part of design. Design, of course, is an important part of any product or brand, especially in terms of marketing and advertising. We’ll see how mockups play an integral role in the design process, and we’ll see how PSDs and mockups are interrelated and how they work together to influence design decisions.

To do all this, however, we must first fully define the terms so that there are no misconceptions as to what is being discussed. If you don’t have a background in design, or if you haven’t studied that extensively, it’s important to make sure that you get all the terminology correct, as it can be a bit confusing at first. Try to follow along closely so that you can make sure that you are getting what you need from the article.

After we finish defining the terms, we will also discuss how mockup PSDs are produced, how they are used, and where one can find them.


What is a Mockup?


Let’s start with the easiest question: what, exactly, is a mockup? Why is it important? The answers to both question are simple, even if you don’t have a background in design.

For starters, a mockup is something that serves as a partial or full-scale replica of a design. In other words, a mock up is a trial creation of the design or product that lets you get an idea of where your product is going and how it will look. Mockups do not have to be created physically, as many are produced digitally.

Having a product’s image in mind can help you in the design process by allowing you to better understand what you are creating and how you can change the design to make it better. This makes mockups an important part of the design process.


If you’ve ever played around with computer software, you may have found programs such as 3D Architect. These programs allow you to create a blueprint, if you will, of a particular property. You can even use them to see a 3D-image of how it would probably look. These computer-generated images can be considered mockups, as they allow you to see what your design would look like without you ever actually creating them. This gives you a better idea of what you should do in order to improve your design and let you know where you are standing currently in the design process.


You can find or create mockups for other items that need to be designed. For example, if you were to work with a professional design company, chances are you would receive a mockup that let you see the direction of the project so that you could add feedback and put in input. If you are designing on your own, you can still use mockups to help you understand if the project is moving towards your vision.


Of course, there are free ways to get a mockup online, with websites offering free mockups for those who are interested. While some of these are difficult to use and understand, especially if you have no background in design, others are designed to be specifically customizable for wide use. When using free mockups online, it’s important to make sure that the quality of the design is suitable to your standards.


What is “PSD”?


Now, it’s time to discuss the other part of the equation: PSD. What does this mean? “PSD” stands for Photoshop Document and references documents that are saved in a PSD format. This format can be opened by Photoshop and gives users the ability to edit the existing file and layers. In other words, you can find files in PSD format that have already been created and then add your own touch to it. This makes PSD files convenient for mockups, as others can create a sample design or template that can be later modified by another looking for a design mockup.


In order to create a PSD file of your own, you have to be able to use Photoshop. Unfortunately, it takes time and effort to learn how to use Photoshop correctly, and the software can be quite expensive. This means if you are trying to make a mockup PSD of your own and have no experience with the software, you may not get the results that you are expecting. Make sure that what you create is suitable to be seen by others, as it will represent your design and brand to people everywhere.

The good news is that you can find free mockup PSDs online. You should make sure that you have the knowhow to customize this PSD files, but this is much easier than creating a file of your own. However, in order to open these, you’ll still probably need to have Photoshop installed, so be prepared to spend a little money. If not, you can always find a computer that does have it installed—ask your friends, family, colleagues—and get to work. Experiment a little before you get to the real design you want to make so that you are comfortable with what you’re doing.


Conclusion


A mockup PSD is a great tool that you can use to help create the design that you want. This Photoshop documents are customizable and are perfect for people who want to make a great mockup of their design without all the hassle. Because of the nature of mockups, you can use these documents to get a preview or replica of the design you are seeking to create so that you can get a better idea of where you are going. This makes mockup PSDs an invaluable tool in the design industry.