I mean, who doesn’t? They can be classy, fun, playful, monochrome, super colored, and they fit on basically everything, from home decoration, to phone cases, and fashion. Besides, they are easy to be assembled on virtually any graphic editor on the market, and a single motif can be reused several times, with different effects every time!
I mainly work on my Ubuntu Studio machine, therefore I create my patterns with GIMP, my favorite graphic editor: I like the fact that, since this software is available for Linux and Windows, I can create my matrix files on Linux and then re-use them on Windows, and vice-versa.
In the meantime I installed Windows and Adobe Photoshop, then decided to revert to Ubuntu Studio and GIMP, finding myself again in the need of creating mockups for some of my latest pieces. Although all resources listed on that post are still valid and interesting, I was wanting something more, like something that was even easier to customize and that offered me at least some of the flexibility that most of the mockup bundles offer to Adobe customers.
As a GIMP user myself, trust me, I feel you. I know how frustrating it can be, when one is looking for a nice mockup file in order to better showcase their products on their social media profiles and / or their websites: basically ALL files are PSD files with Smart Objects and such, and for those who do not have a license of Photoshop, it can be a real pain.
However, the developers of GIMP did a good job into parsing PSD files in order to kind of “decode” (for the lack of a better word) the Smart Objects feature into something usable. Surely it is necessary to try different files, because of factors like complexity or which version of Photoshop this file was created, but still. With a bit of patience and trial and error, one can create a nice work like the one on the top of this post.
Let me show you how I set up this particular mockup on GIMP – I normally work on an Ubuntu Zesty machine with the Ubuntu Studio Graphics package installed. This how-to should totally work on Windows as well. Continue reading →