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How to Use Our Free Folder Mockup Templates

How to Use Our Free Folder Mockup TemplatesOur 100% free folder mockup templates allow you to create a beautiful, realistic image of how your folder design will look after it’s been printed and constructed.

You can use mockup templates to:

  • Test and preview your folder design before sending it to a printer
  • Send a design to a current or potential client for review
  • Display your design in a web portfolio or on a personal website
  • Create a folder design from scratch (instead of designing on a die cut template)

If you’re unclear how mockups work or could just use a few pointers, never fear. This guide will help you to easily download and modify any of our PSD mockup templates.

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Finding & Downloading Folder Mockup Templates

All of our folder mockup templates can be found on the Company Folders website within our Freebies section. Here are a few examples:



Modifying Folder Mockup Templates

It’s easy to customize our mockups with your own design, or even use them to create a new design completely from scratch. Whether you want to add a design element or alter the physical structure of the folder itself, these tutorials will assist you.

Switching from Square to Round Corners

All of Company Folders’ mockups have square corners by default, but you can easily switch to rounded corners by hiding the “Square Corner” layer group.

Switching from Square to Round Corners - Step 1

Just click the eye icon in the Layers panel next to the group labeled “Square Corner” to remove the square corners, leaving the round corners visible.

Switching from Square to Round Corners - Step 2

Removing Pockets

There may be situations where you won’t want pockets to appear on your mockup. This is easy to achieve; it’s as simple as hiding the corresponding pocket layer.

Switching from Square to Round Corners - Step 3

If you’re using square corners: Open up the “Square Corner” layer group, locate the layer labeled “Pocket,” and click the eye icon next to it to hide the pocket.

Switching from Square to Round Corners - Step 4

If you’re using round corners: After hiding the “Square Corner” layer group, open the “Round Corner” layer group, locate the layer labeled “Pocket,” and click the eye icon next to it to hide the pocket.

Switching from Square to Round Corners - Step 5

Changing Folder Stock

After downloading paper stock textures, you can add them to your folder mockup by taking the following steps.

1. Double-click on the thumbnail image of the layer corresponding to the part of the folder you want to alter. We’ll begin by changing the paper stock on the folder’s cover, so we’ll open the layer labeled “Cover” to open up the cover smart object.

Changing Folder Stock - Step 1

2. Go to File > Open and select a paper stock image.

Changing Folder Stock - Step 2

3. Using the Rectangular Marquee tool (Ctrl+A), select the entire paper stock layer. Then copy it by using Edit > Copy or Ctrl+C.

Changing Folder Stock - Step 3

4. Paste the paper stock image from the clipboard into the “Cover” smart object. Be sure to place it between the “Back” and “Logo” layers in the Layers panel.

Changing Folder Stock - Step 4

5. Rotate the stock image 90° counter-clockwise by using Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° CCW.

Changing Folder Stock - Step 5

6. Resize the stock image so that it takes up the full area of the smart object. You can do this with the “Free Transform” tool by clicking Edit > Free Transform or pressing Ctrl-T.

Changing Folder Stock - Step 6

7. Save by selecting File > Save or using Ctrl-S. The cover image on the mockup file will now have the new paper stock.

Changing Folder Stock - Step 7

8. Repeat this process for any other parts of the image you want to have a new stock, such as the back cover, interior panels or pockets.

Changing Folder Stock - Step 8

Editing the Printed Mockup Design Directly

You can create a design directly in the folder mockup by simply deleting the elements you don’t want and replacing them with new ones. As a example, we’ll show you how to replace the Company Folders logo and text on a mockup cover with your own text.

1. Double-click on the “Cover” layer thumbnail to open the cover smart object.

Editing the Printed Mockup Design Directly - Step 1

2. Delete the “Logo” layer by dragging it to the garbage icon in the layer panel.

Editing the Printed Mockup Design Directly - Step 2

3. Select the Type Tool (from the bar on the left or by pressing the T button) and use it to add text in the size, color, font and position of your choice.

Editing the Printed Mockup Design Directly - Step 3

4. Save the results and you’re good to go!

Editing the Printed Mockup Design Directly - Step 4

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from Design Templates

If you’ve already created your folder design on a die cut template and want to transfer that artwork into a mockup template, this section is for you. We’ll demonstrate how to create design images from a flat template (using our folder design templates as an example) so that you can later apply those images to a realistic mockup.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from an Illustrator Template

1. Open the Illustrator template and export it to JPG format using File > Export.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from an Illustrator Template - Step 1

2. Hide the layer with the folder’s die cut lines by clicking the corresponding eye icon in the Layers window. Export a JPG of this version of the design as well, using File > Export.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from an Illustrator Template - Step 2

3. Open up both JPG files in Photoshop. Using the Move Tool (select it from the left bar or just press the V button), click and drag the image with no die cuts into the one that contains die cuts.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from an Illustrator Template - Step 3

4. From the Layers Panel, set the top layer (the one with no die cuts) to 50% opacity. Position the image on this layer so that it is in the exact same position as the layer below it. Set the opacity back to 100%, then move the layer with die cuts over the layer with no die cuts in the layer window, but keep the layer with no die cuts selected.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from an Illustrator Template - Step 4

5. We’ll begin by extracting the template’s cover. Make sure that only the top layer is selected. Using the Rectangular Marquee tool (press the M button), select the folder’s cover (along the die cut lines which should now be visible) and copy it to the clipboard (Ctrl+C).

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from an Illustrator Template - Step 5

6. Create a new Photoshop file by clicking File > New. Photoshop will automatically fill in the required size, resolution, and color model based on the image you’ve copied.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from an Illustrator Template - Step 6

7. Paste the cover image into this new file by clicking Edit > Paste. Save this File as “Cover.jpg” using File > Save.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from an Illustrator Template - Step 7

8. Repeat steps 5-7 for the remaining elements in the folder mockup, such as the back cover, interior panels and pockets.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from an Illustrator Template - Step 8

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from a Photoshop Template

1. Open up the Photoshop template. Hold the Ctrl button and click each layer and group below the “Die Cut” layer to select them at once.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from a Photoshop Template - Step 1

2. Merge the selected layers by using Layer > Merge Layer or the Ctrl+E shortcut.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from a Photoshop Template - Step 2

3. Make sure that the resulting layer (which includes all the layers you merged) is selected. Using the Rectangular Marquee tool (press the M button), select the folder’s cover (along the die cut lines which should now be visible) and copy it to the clipboard (Ctrl+C).

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from a Photoshop Template - Step 3

4. Create a new Photoshop file by clicking File > New. Photoshop will automatically fill in the required size, resolution, and color model based on the image you’ve copied.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from a Photoshop Template - Step 4

5. Paste the cover image into this new file by clicking Edit > Paste. Save this File as “Cover.jpg” using File > Save.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from a Photoshop Template - Step 5

6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the remaining elements in the folder mockup, such as the back cover, interior panels and pockets.

Creating Mockup-Ready Images from a Photoshop Template - Step 6

Importing Design Template Images into Mockup

After you’ve created the JPG files you need from a Illustrator or Photoshop design template, you’re ready to apply them to the folder in your mockup.

1. Open up the mockup template PSD and double click on the first layer you want to work with. We’ll start with the front cover, so we’ll open the smart object labeled “Cover.”

Importing Images into Mockup - Step 1

2. Use File > Open or Ctrl+O to open up the “Cover.jpg” file you created earlier.

Importing Images into Mockup - Step 2

3. Using the Move Tool (select it from the left bar or just press the V button), click and drag “Cover.jpg” into the cover smart object. Position it so that it looks correct in the document, delete the other layers in the smart object, and save.

Importing Images into Mockup - Step 3

4. Repeat this process for the other elements of the mockup, such as the back cover, interior panels or pockets.

Importing Images into Mockup - Step 4

Creating a Realistic Emboss/Deboss Effect

One snag you might run into when translating your design into a mockup is embossed and debossed imprints. On a die cut template you would send to a printer, these types of designs typically show up as just a solid color—not very impressive to look at, and not reflective of how the final product would appear.

Fortunately, it’s easy to create a realistic-looking emboss or deboss in just a few simple steps. Be sure to read our emboss/deboss effect tutorial to learn this technique.

Creating an Embossed Effect

Replacing Mockup Backgrounds

By default, your mockup will appear to exist in a neutral gray space, but this background is easy to replace with another image. By following these steps, you can make your folder appear to be lying on a wooden table, a stone surface, or even a splash of color.

1. Double-click the “Background” layer to open the background smart object.

Replacing Mockup Backgrounds - Step 1

2. Use File > Open or the Ctrl+O shortcut to open the image the you want to be the new background of the mockup.

Replacing Mockup Backgrounds - Step 2

3. Using the Move Tool (select it from the left bar or just press the V button), drag and drop the new background image into the background smart object. Position it as needed using the Move Tool or the Free Transform tool (Ctrl+T). Delete all of the layers in the smart object other than the one you added.

Replacing Mockup Backgrounds - Step 3

4. Save the results. Your mockup will now have the new background.

Replacing Mockup Backgrounds - Step 4

Feedback

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Discussion

  1. Which version of Photoshop is required to work with these templates.? Is CS 4.0 okay?
    Thanks a lot for your reply.

    • Vladimir Gendelman Vladimir Gendelman says:

      Unfortunately, these templates will not open in CS4. Generally, you’ll need CS6 or better to work with them.

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