Coffee Mug Wrap Mock-up


Mock-up Your Designs to Impress Clients


Lesson Info

Coffee Mug Wrap Mock-up

So, we're going to take this artwork and... I have two mugs and I included both files, in case you're really into coffee mug artwork, you can do that. So, we're going to put some artwork here on this mug. And a mug of course has a curved surface. So we need to make the artwork reflect that, because if I just paste it in... In this case, it's shot from head on, so it's not super noticeable. You could probably get away without it. But we can do the other example too and show you both. And then you really do have to warp it. So we're going to repeat that same process of using the shape tool to draw a rectangle. And we want it to be roughly the same size or the appropriate size, because whatever artwork we put in here is going to be this size, and then applied to the mugs. So, you do have to pay attention a little bit to sizes of things. So, I'll just do something about like that. Remember, the very first step is to convert it to a smart object. And then I'm going to lower the opacity so I...

can see. And now, I'm going to transform it by pressing CMD or CTRL + T. But this time, instead of distort, I'm going to warp. So, to get there, I'm going to come up to the options bar and click this little button, which puts this mesh over my smart object. And, it looks kind of scary and like, "What is that?" But it's actually really simple. It's basically just four corner points, and then all these other points are just handles that allow you to drag stuff. So, I'm going to take the corner points and drag them on to the mug where I want them, and then I can adjust the curvature with these handles. And this is all fully adjustable. Even if you put it in place, it's not like if you make a mistake, you can't tweak it, you can always tweak it. And because it's a smart object, it's going to remember the settings. So, it's not like you are starting over from the beginning. When you re-enter the warp zone, it will have the same settings. So it's really handy. So I'm going to come over here and I'm just adjusting this. So it doesn't have to be perfect. And I'm going to even keep this. I mean you can go past the edge I guess if you think you're going to full color a mug with a design, but it'd be hard to actually create, like print that on the mug. I was trying to make a mock up the other day and my husband looked at it and was like, "You know a screen printer couldn't actually reproduce what you just made." And I said, "Well, okay." So, I'll try to keep that in mind. All right, so just something like this. This is a really subtle one. But we can do another one in a minute and you can see a little more curve. But you just curve it. You can also drag inside and do this to it. But obviously, that is not what the mug needs here. So, we want something. So it's straight on but just a little bit curved, so like that. I think that looks pretty good. So I'm going to go ahead and commit it, and then I'll put this back to 100%, and then we'll go get our artwork. And we'll come back over here and double click. And now we're looking at the unwarped, just flat, rectangle. So we'll hide that rectangle itself, and I'll just paste in this. And let's go ahead and make it a smart object in case we need to, later we need it for something. And so I'll scale this to size. Obviously, you kind of have to guess where or how exactly this is going to be placed on the mug. So, it's easy to change if we need to make adjustments. So I'm just going to put it here, but maybe it'll overlay her hand in a weird way or something, and we can move it. So I'll commit that. And then I'll save this and close it. And now, it's on the mug. Of course it looks kind of weird because this was grayscale, and so now we have gray design on a just blank ceramic mug, and I feel we need some color in here. So, we're going to do a few things. But before I do that, if we wanted to adjust this, we could just double click and then maybe we move it up a little bit, or we move it down a little bit or whatever. And then we just re-save it and close it and it would adjust here. So, it's really easy to edit these types of files. Now of course, we want to mask her fingers. So, I'm going to just hide this really quickly and I'll select the background layer, and I'm going to use the quick selection brush. It wasn't too quick in the last example though, was it? Here, I'm just going to drag and just get her fingers really quickly. I could just paint with the brush. This is like so simple. I don't even need to do this much, but now you know you can. So, I'm going to take that and then I'm going to select the artwork layer. I'll rename it, artwork. I'll select the artwork layer and with the selection active, this time, I've got something selected that I want to remove from the artwork. So instead of just clicking the mask like we did for the easel, I'm going to hold down Alt or Option and click the mask, and then it will just mask out that section. And then of course, we need to change our blend mode from normal to multiply. And now, that looks pretty awesome, pretty great. If we wanted to change the color of the mug, we could select the mug. Turn this off. It's pretty easy. With the quick selection tool, remove. I'm going to remove her finger from the selection by holding down the Alt or Option key, and that changes from a plus to a minus. So now, I can just brush over her finger and get it out of there. So, now I have the mug selected and I can add an adjustment layer and do something like, I probably have to do a bit of a hue/saturation. We'll turn on colorize and we can tint the mug like this, and I can adjust the intensity of the color, and the darkness. But I probably also want to add an adjustment layer, or a levels adjustment layer. So I'll come down here, grab levels, and then probably darken a little bit. But I don't want it to apply to the whole image, just to the mug. So when I'm done, I'm going to copy this mask. When we selected the mug and then we added the hue/saturation adjustment layer, we made the adjustment only to the mug because we had it selected, and that selection became a mask. So now I'm going to take that same mask and Alt or Option drag it onto my levels... What? Oh yeah, replace it. Yes. And now, this levels adjustment will only be on the mug. So I can just bring back... Because sometimes when we change the color on something that's white, we need to darken it a little bit, otherwise, we're not going to see the color very much. So, I'm going to just darken that up, and then if we want to tweak the color some more, we can come over here, and maybe we reduce the saturation. Does anyone have a color preference? We can do blue. That's nice. And then we'll put our artwork on. And that's cool. And then, maybe we run a coffee mug company and we're going to put all kinds of designs in here, we could just drop them in by double-clicking here, pasting in the artwork, saving it, closing it, and then we could endlessly change the color of the mug because we have this adjustment layer. And the mug's already selected, so we could just come in and, oh that's fun. We could just change this to anything we want any time. And if we save this file as a PSD, we'll always have all that stuff. Let's do one more because I have it, so we might as well. So we'll just do it quickly, just to review. So, shape tool, something about... And this image and the last one are both from Unsplash, which are really great sources for images, when you need an image for something. Because they come with totally usage rights, you can do pretty much whatever with it, so that's handy. Let's change this fill just so we can see. So now we're going to warp this again, after we make it a smart object. I'll right click after I go into Command or Control + T, and I'll choose warp. Actually, let's do it the right way and reduce the opacity. I forget every time. So, I'm teaching you real world Photoshop. This is how it really works. You do it and then you're like, "Whoops, undo. Fix that." Now we'll go into warp, and I'll just drag this over here and over here. This is more extreme, obviously. We're really going to be distorting this. Move that in a little bit, about like that maybe. I don't know. We'll see. Now what to put here for artwork? I don't know. I didn't plan that ahead. Let's open this up. And we'll just type out, "Something really brilliant." That's going to be the artwork on this mug. And now I'm really spending too much time, because I'm like, "Wait. Let me adjust the lettering. Everyone, hold on. Because the line spacing is not good." Now, who wouldn't want this on their mug? So now, we'll save this, and we'll go over here, and there it is. And we'll put the opacity, and we'll change the blend mode to multiply, but it won't make a big difference.

Class Description

Graphic designers often make the grave mistake of creating beautiful designs, but showcasing them poorly. In this course, you will learn how to create mockups that bring your designs to life and turn them into valuable marketing tools. 

Khara Plicinic has a unique teach style and playful sense of humor that continue to endear her exponentially growing audience. In her course, she will show you how to create mockups in Photoshop that will both quickly bolster your portfolio and make your work more marketable. 

In this class, you will learn:
  • How to make your work stand out by putting your designs on anything from apparel to packaging 
  • Tips for photo correcting images taken with your phone 
  • How to use existing mockup files in Photoshop 
No previous Photoshop experience required. 

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.0.1


a Creativelive Student

This was a great class for beginners or current designers who want to expand their current skill set. Khara has a great way of breaking things down and is inspiring to watch! Highly recommend!

Hannah Pearce

Great little course for beginners and designers, like myself, who are fairly new to mocking-up designs in situ. Khara explained things clearly and concisely. Enjoyed this course very much - Thank you!

Jim Shaw

This instructor is very engaging and fun as well as very talented. She also is very real in her explanations because she actually does the work not just explains how to do the work. She's someone who everyone would love to just sit with and have a coffee.