Showing your designs in context — in other words, as they’re more likely to be seen by others — is key to helping your clients visualise the outcome of a project. It’s a bit like buying a car. The car might look great in the showroom, but you’ll still want a test drive.
When it comes to design portfolios there’s no substitute for photography of the real thing, but that’s just not possible before an idea is produced and the client has signed off. Giving your design ideas some context will help your clients appreciate the value of what you do, and here’s where you can get your hands on some free and premium PSD mockup templates.
Unlimited downloads for $29 per month, cancel at any time. That’s a good deal from Envato Elements.
For the past couple of years I’ve used one or two mockups from LiveSurface Context in almost every identity presentation. I gave it a feature a couple of years back when it launched. You pay $9 per month for access to the Illustrator plugin. Worth it.
I’ve used a few from GraphicBurger. There are a lot more banner ads on the site these days. Watch out for the fake “download” button alongside the real one if you find a mockup you’re keen on.
Here’s a link to Pixeden’s free section. Some good ones on offer.
Premium Pixels is collection of free design resources created and curated by web designer Orman Clark.
And you’ll find more options by searching Behance for “mockup.”
Not every PSD is good, and some look a lot less realistic than others, but you’ll know which ones work best after a bit of searching.