I'm sure you have created an awesome ebook you want to share with your tribe or use as an incentive for your newsletter.
You’ve also probably seen on other websites the cool images of iPads displaying their ebooks (in the design world those are called mockups) above the newsletter signup form and wondered how they did that.
It's a lot easier than you might think, and you don't need a PhD in Photoshop.
Using Photoshop means a few more steps but you have a bigger variety of options. If you don't have Photoshop, you can always download the 30day free trial over here.
Before you start you will need to download your mockup. I've created a Pinterest board with a few iPad mockups to choose from. Alternatively you can search "iPad mockup PSD" or "styled iPad mockup".
Look for the ones that say they use Smart Layers or Objects. Those are the ones you want to download.
You will also need your ebook cover image ready, saved as a JPEG or PNG and on hand.
I’m using a free mockup from Tomodachi in this tutorial. You can download it here. Once you have downloaded the mockup, open it in Photoshop. The first thing you want to do is look for the layers panel. It should be on your right, if it’s not there click Window > Layers.
In the layers panel, you will see clearly marked layers. In this case, they have separate layers for each object, a folder layer for the iPad & background layers.
Tip: If you are not sure what the layer is you can click on the eye icon to the left of the layer to switch it on and off. This way you can see what has disappeared and know what the layer is.
Placing your ebook cover image on the iPad
Step 1: Look for the layer where you need to place your cover image into. This layer is normally a smart object, is highlighted with a color and named something like "place your design here”.
If the layers are in a folder, like in this case, click on the arrow between the eye and folder icon to open up the folder.
Step 2: Now that you have found the right layer, double click on it. Make sure you double click on the layer icon, it's in between the eye icon and the layer's name.
Step 3: It will then open up another Photoshop file. Hide any layers that are in that file by clicking on the eye icon next to the layer in the layers panel.
Step 4: Place your cover image inside this Photoshop file by clicking File > Place.
Your cover image will be placed on its own layer. You want to make sure that the image is covering the whole artboard (the white & grey checkered blocks area).
You will see there is a border around your image, this means we can resize it. Just hover over any corner until you cursor turns into an arrow. Hold down shift (to keep the proportions), click & drag until you are happy with the size & hit enter. If you don’t need to resize the image, just hit enter.
If you've hit enter too soon and still need to resize your cover image click Edit > Free Transform to get the border around your image.
To move the image around, click & drag the image after you have hit enter.
Then click File > Save and close this Photoshop file.
Go back to the original Photoshop file and you will see your cover image has been placed on the iPad.
Advanced: Moving objects around
Step 5: Make sure your move tool in the toolbar is selected.
Step 6: Make sure the layer of the object you want to move is selected. Then click & drag the objects around.
Step 7: If you don’t like a certain object you can hide the layer by clicking on the eye icon to the left of the layer.
Saving your image for the web
Step 8: Once you are all done and happy with the way the image looks click File > Save for web. Then select PNG, resize the image to your liking and click Save.
Now you are ready to upload the image to your website or a design.
If you want a high quality image click File > Save as and select JPEG or PNG from the drop down menu.
If you have any questions or need help, feel free to ask, I’m happy to help.
Michaela is a beach-loving graphic designer living in Brazil. You can find her over at Bonfires & Ukuleles where she helps barefoot adventurers design their online businesses. Design that acts as their silent ambassador so it can help generate an income for them while they are off on an adventure.
Every week she sends a design tutorial & resource newsletter that helps the non-designer business owner design visuals for their Instagram, blog, website & more. She teaches them how to create designer-made looking visuals & bend professional designer tools to their will without breaking a sweat.
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