The supply of mockups spread across the web is growing every day with new marketplaces opening and more designers attending to this field. While there’s a lot of variety in style, quality and customization, most mockups have in common that they’re provided as downloadable files that you open and edit with Photoshop. As web applications are getting more popular over the last years, this also opens the gates for new design tools that users can access directly in their browsers, without any software to install.
SceneLab is an online editor specifically built to provide assets and functionality that enable anyone to create professional mockups. The app offers a quick workflow to apply own designs to mockups while also providing customization features and thousands of isolated items to make the final designs more unique and brand-fitting.
With the recently added template gallery, designers can now browse prebuilt mockups for various use cases, place their images per drag & drop and then export it to showcase their work in a realistic way.
3 Free Realistic UI / UX Mockups
If you’re designing mobile or web apps, a mockup can give you a good evaluation of the overall UI size and proportions. If some areas are too small or too big you’ll notice it much easier when the design is applied to the screen of a device. In addition to that, mockups are a good representation of what the user actually sees at first glance without scrolling, as the device can only display a certain section of the design if it’s very large.
Many UI mockups show the device held in a person’s hand or incorporate pointing gestures in other ways. That can be used very effectively to demonstrate specific interactions like clicking or swiping to give a better understanding of the way the UI is intended to work.
Mockups with natural environments are useful to get an impression of the design in an everyday scenario. For example you can see how the design looks in different light settings and if it still has enough contrast. Sometimes adding screen reflections can give an even more realistic look.
Placing your designs on SceneLab mockups is easy: Simply drag your image to the canvas and all possible replacements will light up in blue. Drop it and it will get applied to the specific item automatically, including perspective transformations and lights.
3 Free Customizable Branding Mockups
Stationery and corporate identity designs often directly reflect the values, style and philosophy of the brand. For example even a business card can already give you clues on whether a company is modern or eco-minded. For designers it’s important to consider these values while creating and showcasing their work to the client for higher approval rates.
A good mockup can help to imagine how the designs would look when actually printed. Putting them in an environment that even fits the specific brand will make them stand out a lot from potential competitor’s designs.
In addition to that, brand designs usually consist of multiple individual designs, so showing them together in a single presentation can reveal how well they harmonize. For this use case, SceneLab has a big library of isolated items, ranging from business cards and envelopes to brochures and supplementary objects like pens or paper clips.
3 Free Packaging / Product Mockups
When it comes to packaging design, a flat image file sometimes doesn’t give you a great understanding of how the design will look on the real world product. Realistic mockups are a very efficient way of demonstrating the later use and appearance without the need to actually acquire the final products and print on them. The mockup will also make you more aware of areas that might not be visible on the real product and should be considered during the design phase, for example the inner hole of a disc.
A visually appealing mockup can even help at conveying the message or theme of the product, like when it gets decorated with items related to the topic: A lime and tea pot next to a packaging design for a lime tea might induce stronger emotions and overall more appreciation of the design when somebody looks at it. Furthermore it also makes clear what the design is about.
SceneLab tries to cover many different topics to provide items for most occasions. Among others, you can browse categories like food, sport, tech, branding and art.
There are hundreds of items with individual parts that can be colorized to create unique looks and more brand-fitting mockups. By using the eyedropper from the colorpicker, you can quickly choose the main colors from your design to make it blend together with the product nicely.
Explore more free mockups and learn more about the online editor on scenelab.io.