Product mockups are great for online marketing. You can use them to show off your t-shirt designs, on sales pages, as a social media graphic for Pinterest or to showcase your app or website. The problem is they are a pain to create. Most people either turn to their ‘go to’ designer or spend a frustrating 30 minutes designing a graphic in Photoshop. Thankfully there’s an easier solution to this problem.
Modern mockup generators make it easy for you to create professional marketing graphics for your projects. In just three clicks you can insert your image in a laptop without having to turn to a designer. To help you get started we created a shortlist of the best mockup generators on the market.
Smart Mockups is my favorite product mockup generator. It’s a desktop app for Mac and PC. The UI looks like it was developed by Apple. It’s minimalist, functional and organised. The downside of Smart Mockups is you need an Internet connection to access the software (though this shouldn’t be a big issue as all of the mockup generators on this list need an Internet connection).
The functionality of the software depends on the price plan you’re on. The free plan gives you access to a stock library of 200 product mockups, though the app has limited functionality. The Premium account costs $9 a month and the team plan $29. For being a paying user you get access to 700+ product mockups, plus some cool extra features. This include the ability to grab a screenshot of a url and place into any mockup in one click, crop images and export in one of four sizes.
Compared to the competition SmartMockups is one of the best product mockup generators around. You can create unlimited product mockups as a free or premium customer. Plus the software is being constantly updated with new features and graphics. You can read our in depth review of SmartMockups here.
DropMock was created by a team of Internet Marketers. It’s as versatile as a Swiss Army Knife. You can use DropMock to create demo videos, Image Mockups and a scene generator (this last feature is not available with the other mockup generators on this list).
Compared to the one time price used by Smart Mockups Dropmock is expensive. Subscription costs $45 a month or $297 a year. If you want some versatility in your mockup create – read create mockup videos – it’s worth signing up to DropMock. Otherwise just get Smart Mockups (it’s cheaper after all).
PlaceIt was one of the first product mockup generators. It has the largest library of images to choose from (2800+ images and growing). Like DropMock you can use it to create product mockup videos. Unfortunately the pricing is very steep, with unlimited video downloads costing $199 a month!
The only positive thing about the pricing for PlaceIt is that you can pay by the image. This is helpful if you need to create a product mockup once in a blue moon. Given the high price point and the great alternatives there is no other reason for using PlaceIt.
Overlooking the silly name for a moment (seriously, if you can’t get a good url don’t just start adding random extra letters and expect people to remember it!)… Mockuuups is a desktop based product mockup generator for Mac and PC. The software comes with 300 ready to use image mockups and uses the same one click import solution as the other software options on this list.
Unfortunately Mockuuups just isn’t as good as the other premium software solutions on this list. The developers charge $9 a month for access to the software, which is fine but… Mockuuups doesn’t let you create mockup videos like the other paid options on the list. Also they have a smaller image library than Smart Mockups.
While I’ve spent most of this article focused on premium iPhone, tablet and other mockup generators, it would be rude not to point out there are a bunch of great ‘mostly’ free options. A few of the good ones include Dunnnk, MockDrop and MockupsJar (there are more options available, but these are the best of the bunch).
The free mockup generators are basic. They don’t have large libraries of mockup images to choose from, after all they are free. However, it’s a lot easier to use one of these solutions to create a custom mockup image than booting up Photoshop.