While there’s no substitute for photos of the real thing in your portfolio, that’s not going to happen 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.
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For the past few years I’ve used one or two mockups from LiveSurface Context in pretty much every design presentation I send. I gave it a feature a couple of years back when it launched. $9 per month for 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 (ad) 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.
You’ll find more options by searching Behance for “mockup,” but it can take quite a lot of time.
Not every PSD is good, and some look a lot less realistic than others, but you’ll know which ones work best.