Mockup PSD Free Download and Killer Mockups Guide!
Here at Go Media’s Arsenal, we have been creating and curating design resources since 2006, when we first began releasing our collection of royalty-free stock vectors. We have since expanded to textures, fonts, e-books, tutorials and perhaps most famously, mockup templates.
We passionately create our mockup templates and love that we have become a go-to for professionals in the industry. Because of this, we get tons of questions every single day about our mockups and how to use them.
So, we thought we’d create a quick (and free!) guide to killer mockups, which includes information and advice we dole out regularly. This includes:
– Info for Newbies, like how to open and use our mockup templates
– How to Use Smart-Object Enabled Mockups and Displacement Maps
– Tips to Killer Mockups (Using Them to Your Advantage for Future Success!)
– Pro Tips
With the download you’ll also get:
– a mockup PSD free download
– a vector freebie pack
If you’d like to grab the guide, simply sign up for the Arsenal newsletter below. Please note, you’ll have to confirm your subscription in the first email in order to receive your free download in the second email, so wait for it…
Presenting Ink Wars: Sponsored by Industry Print Shop, also Official Merch Sponsors of WMC
Ink Wars, an 8-person illustration battle, is one of our most popular events and is not to be missed. The premise: Eight Artists. Eight foot canvases. Some pencils, sharpies and a theme. One hour to furiously create as the minutes tick down and the attendees excitedly, nervously pace, weave amongst the work and cheer the artists on. The fun takes place on Friday, August 18th from 8 to 10 pm.
As both Official Ink Wars sponsor and Official Merch Sponsor, Industry Print Shop will not only be sponsoring this event but will be screen-printing swag for you on the spot. How cool is that?
Learn more about artist-run Industry Print Shop, who has a reputation for a keen eye for detail and outstanding customer service, here.
Help us thank Industry Print Shop by giving them a big high five when you meet them at the fest, as well as tweeting them now:
[Tweet “Thanks for being awesome Industry Print Shop! #wmcfest “]
Meet Your Contenders
We’re proud to have partnered with OneTree.org to create their new site in conjunction with Earth Day. The One Tree site was created using our Designer Sites platform.
One Tree’s mission is to save the planet, plain and simple. Their goal is to help replace as many of the 15 billion trees cut down each year, 11 billion of which are never replaced. OneTree.org represents the single most ambitious reforestation effort in human history, with the goal of planting one tree per person, per year.
We also developed a certificate generator plugin for their Trees for Moms campaign allowing you to name a tree after your mom. One Tree will plant the tree for her and then send you its exact coordinates on the planet.
Happy Earth Day and congratulations, One Tree!
New Mockups via Mockup App
Mockup Everything provides an easy-to-use online platform for applying your graphic designs to a growing variety of print products. Since all of the work is done right on our homepage, you need not use any fancy software like Photoshop.
Just select your template, choose your apparel or print product color, select your background and press save. The result is a jpeg snapshot to share with your marketplace.
Every month, our Pro users are treated to at least six new templates, adding to our growing library of over 250.
This month, we’re treating these users to more women’s fitness mockups.
Check them out here and if you’re not yet a user, please sign up for a free 7-day trial here >
Find all of these mockups at mockupeverything.com under All > Apparel > Women’s > Fitness
Would you like to reach out to our audience of designers, illustrators, entrepreneurs, freelancers and agency owners all across the globe? Sponsoring a post on Go Media’s Design Blog is the perfect opportunity to do so.
- About 220,000+ pageviews per month.
- About 125,000 new visitors per month.
When you sponsor a post with us, we give you access to both blogs, giving you the maximum exposure to Go Media’s audience.
What you’ll get:
- One blog post, published on our Go Media Blog. Once it has been replaced with another story, it will remain in our feed according to date published. It will be searchable by its keywords and by category. Publish time: around 9 am.
- Social media promotion. We will tweet your story out via @go_media three times, where we have 15.8k followers.
What you must include:
- One full blog post, including all links. Please proofread the story to make sure it’s ready to go! Also, we will not be able to provide any information after the post has been published about its success, so please feel free to use tracking links in your URLs.
- One header image, sized 1270 x 550 (for the design blog). No animation please. If need, we can design this for you.
- Any additional images or embeds. Please note where these should be placed within the story.
- Suggested keywords and SEO title
- Profile photo 500 x 500 and short bio with social media handles
What we’re looking for:
- Posts written by YOU! We’re busy folks around here.
- Posts about innovative products or services that our audience would really love, but that are written by a real human voice for real humans (no robots, please!)
- Write-ups about cool projects you’re working on
Please note: We will note that your post is sponsored, just because we love being open with our readers.
- Yes, Links are Do-Follow
- Here is a great example of a sponsored post
- $100 for a 2-day feature (Monday & Tuesday) or (Wednesday & Thursday)
- 275 for a full week (7 day) feature
Please send us a short summary of your sponsored post. We’d like to make sure it’s suitable for our audience first. Email that to Heather at [email protected]. If we’re both on the same page, we’ll take your payment via Paypal once the link has been posted.
Looking to host a sponsored link on a Go Media Zine blog post?
- Each link will cost $75.
We look forward to working with you!
Ladies Swing Tank Mockup Template Pack
These Ladies Swing Tank Mockup Templates are just another pack that add to our collection of ladies line of tank top mockup templates. The Ladies Swing Tank Mockup Templates Pack includes a fantastic variety of views, as well, so you can show off your one-of-a-kind designs from every angle.
Here’s what’s included in the Ladies Swing Tank Mockup Template Pack:
- 5 mockup templates in total
- Views of both flat and back, as well as ghosted front, back and side tank tops
- Fitted for form
- Easy to change shirt colors with the new Shirt Color Layer
Check out what you get:
You may also like our:
- Ladies Tank Top Mockup Templates Pack
- Ladies Racerback Tank Top Mockup Templates Pack
- Ladies Basic Tank Top Mockup Templates Pack
If you love our mockup templates and use them often, consider joining our Arsenal Membership, where for only $15 a month, you get access to every single one of our mockup templates. Yes, it’s true. No strings attached. Learn more about that here.
Say hello to our Watercolor Alphabet Font Texture Pack
This handcrafted, handpainted pack isn’t your typical font. Saved out as PNG files, the Watercolor Font Texture Pack is to be used like a texture, giving your piece an individually-crafted quality.
Saved out, as shown above, the letters can easily be individually changed to any color of the rainbow using the swatches included in this pack. The possibilities are endless.
Here’s what you get with the Watercolor Font Pack:
- Watercolor Alphabet (Letters A thru Z, plus numbers 0 thru 9) – PNG Files
- 12 Swatches (Jpeg Files)
- Text file (This explains how to apply our swatches to the alphabet)
Please note: All files are stored in PNG format with transparent background and therefore, are not your typical font.
Go Media Designer Sites – The practical, affordable web solution with the Artist’s touch. Beauty made simple.
This is the epic tale of Designer Sites, the agile, accurate, utterly gorgeous, and affordable new web solution from your friends at Cleveland Web Design firm, Go Media.
Go Media has always maintained a keen eye for quality design. We built our reputation on it, and it remains at the core of our business. But years ago, when we first set out to build websites, the results were mixed.
Like our designs, our early websites were handled with the utmost care. And, true to form, they looked beautiful. But with this attention to detail came a price. Each site to go live from our Cleveland based Design studio was fully customized and looked as if it had been meticulously handcrafted. Gorgeous but inefficient.
We had to find a sweet spot between beautiful designs and affordability. A little less Elon Musk, a little more Henry Ford – strange bedfellows indeed, but if anyone was capable of bringing the business acumen of these two giants together in spirit, it was Go Media.
So we went on the hunt for pre-built web themes, and found that the internet was littered with them. That was part of the problem, and probably should have raised a red flag early on. But this was years ago, and the internet was still a little bit like the wild west. The landscape was punctuated by one gold rush town after another. Some were built to last AND pretty to look at, while others were abandoned almost as quickly as they’d been settled. The market was just beginning to pick up steam, and already moving at a breakneck pace. Things were happening fast.
We soon learned that websites are a perishable product that require regular maintenance, and an awful lot of pre-built web themes spoil fast. The world of pre-built web solutions seemed to us like a clandestine, nether region where orphan themes – created by deadbeat developers who’d long since flown the coup – were left to die on the vine. Every time we’d pick a theme, the thing was obsolete within a matter of months.
It seems that the authors of these web themes – maverick web developers – approached their work with nomadic conviction. As a result, these web themes didn’t get the support they needed. This ultimately led to a bonanza of web solutions with very short shelf lives.
So we decided to build our own. Sure it needed to cost less, but not at the expense of a beautiful user interface and an intuitive user experience. We had to achieve a balance between agility and accuracy for all of our clients, big and small. There were allegiances to support. And it had to have integrity.
Long story short, we did it! Have a look. Go Media Designer Sites. More a ‘65 Mustang than a Model T. Not so much a Roadster as a Tesla Model 3. Beauty made simple, and built to last – everything you’ve come to expect from Go Media at an affordable price.
Contact us today to learn more.
Vendor Handwritten Font
Hey Arsenal Fans! You’ve been asking for a new font and we’ve answered.
Usually when people think of “architecture,” they picture building blueprints. But that structure not only has to be designed to stay upright, it has to serve its functional purpose. People need to be able to easily navigate from one section to the next. That’s where information architecture comes in.
Information architecture is an element of smart design that is as relevant for those building towers as it is for the Cleveland graphic designers building your website.
Good information architecture helps people understand their surroundings and quickly find what they are looking for. When information is clear, accessible and aesthetically pleasing, users have better experiences. That is what you want for your customers!
You can find information architecture in:
- Printed materials
It’s even found in some physical spaces (think airports, theme parks, etc.).
In the context of web design, information architecture is the way in which content on your website is organized, labeled and structured.
Unfortunately, some companies are content to simply “let it happen.” But here’s the reality: Intuitive navigation doesn’t occur by chance. It really should be the backbone of every website because visitors are going to bounce quickly if they don’t find what they need right away.
The information architecture experts at Go Media know that by establishing a well-formulated strategy for your presenting content, your site becomes infinitely more user-friendly.
Think of it this way: Architects involved in brick-and-mortar projects have to balance the competing demands of structural integrity, functionality and beauty when creating blueprints for a building. In the same way, information architects have to balance the need for information systems that are functional, thorough, concise and eye-catching.
Can you build a structure without an architect? Probably, but that doesn’t make it a good idea. It’s the same with websites and information architects.
In the end, both types of architects want to create spaces for people that are going to be predictable, safe, enjoyable and even inspiring.
With information architecture, the goal is to guide user experience so visitors can easily find information and complete tasks. To do this effectively, you have to understand how all these pieces fit together in the grand scheme and how items should relate to one another on a page.
How Information Architecture Works
Peter Morville, co-author of, “Information Architecture for the World Wide Web,” explains the whole point of information architecture is to assist users in understanding:
- Where they are;
- What they have found;
- What’s around;
- What to expect.
That informs the primary components of information architecture, which include:
- Organization structures and schemes – The way in which you structure and categorize the information on your site.
- Labeling – How the information is represented.
- Navigation – How visitors will move through that information.
- Search systems – How users can find that information.
From there, our designers can move on to the prototyping and wireframing processes. (If information architecture is the backbone, the wireframe is the rest of the skeletal structure. It allows our designers early in the process to effectively convey the layout of information and visuals across a page, usually with colorless boxes .)
The information architects at Go Media know how to create these systems with an understanding of the interdependent nature of users, the content they are seeking an the context in which they are trying to do it. So in layman’s terms, this means making sure:
- Visitors know they are in the right place, and always make it clear to them where they are.
- It’s easy for users to find what they are looking for.
- Users know all their options (i.e., “Related Products,” or “See Also”).
- The call to action is clear.
In working to improve the design flow and architecture of your digital landscape, we start with meticulous research that may involve:
- Competitor analysis;
- Reading through academic papers on human and computer interactions;
- Testing ideas on real users.
We work to improve the design flow of your digital landscape.
Information Architecture vs. Information Design
These two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are in fact different. Information design was first in the game, but has since become a component of information architecture.
- Information Design: Involves the intersection of visual design, technical communication and human factors, such as usability. Rather than concern itself with the actual text, it’s more about how the information looks on a page, the choice of typefaces and how the information is ordered.
- Information Architecture: Is the art and science of organization information in a way that helps people effectively fulfill their informational needs. It involves, research, analysis, design and execution.
Each draws from understanding of library science, architecture and cognitive psychology. Both information design and information architecture are tools that help improve user experience design.
Good digital service is about more than basic functionality. Users have to feel good about the site and the way it works. That’s where information architecture can help.
Two additional important elements of information architecture are User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX).
UI refers to the way in which people interact with a technological device. User Interface design involves anticipating the needs of users and then ensuring the interface makes those elements easily accessible and understandable. This involves keeping the interface simple, creating consistency with use of common elements, being purposeful with page layout and strategically using color and texture to your advantage.
UX refers to the way in which users experience and perceive a website. They’ll be asking, “Does it give me value?” “Is it easy to use?” “Is it pleasant to use?” User experience design is a way to make them answer “Yes!” to all of these questions, and in turn reduce bounce rates, improve SEO and increase sales.
To learn more about our Cleveland information architecture services, call Go Media at 216.939.0000 or contact us online.
Our Complete Halftone Collection
We’re not sure what’s dreamier than a halftone. The tiny dots that create a gradient-like effect can produce such remarkable results.
Here at the Arsenal, we have nine packs that will give you the effect you’re after without the effort. Download them all in this complete collection – originally $105 – now only $27!
Or, become a member of our graphic design subscription and get them all (plus the rest of our huge product library) for only $15 a month.
All of the packs you see here are also available for individual purchase.
Work Hard. Live Easy.
We had way too much fun working with The Finch Group, local Cleveland real estate company, on their latest endeavor and we want to shout it from the rooftops, pun intended.
Designer Chris Comella comments, “Innova was a special project because not only did we get to walk the construction site months before its completion, and not only did we get to collaborate on some level with the architects and interior designers, but to us it represented a growing part of a community. Being able to work on that brand was a great opportunity, and we’re proud to see it standing tall in one of Cleveland’s most vibrant neighborhoods.”
The Finch Group sought Go Media to assist with brand development to help them establish a solid foundation on which to build their company in the Cleveland market as well as launch their new property. The newest addition to their portfolio is a 400,000 square foot multi-phase mixed income property in the Upper Chester Neighborhood of Hough – called Innova.
The Finch Group was in need of assistance with brand development, logo design, collateral print material design, building signage, exterior marketing design and print marketing design.
Contact Go Media about your next project!
Jack Frost Donuts‘ new Cleveland Logo Design – and brand new building – was unveiled to the public in a grand, re-opening over the weekend, complete with green screen fun, a new menu display, festive red and yellow balloons and upbeat music.
Steaming cups of fresh, hot coffee complimented the dozens of delectable delectable donut options for new and loyal patrons of the Old Brooklyn mainstay.
Customers clustered in the parking lot to catch a peek at the newly-renovated store, complete with exposed stone walls, sparkling quartz counter tops, spotless tile floors and a merchandise rack that stretched to the ceiling.
“Despite the windy and cold weather, the turnout was fantastic,” said Lauren Hudac, Go Media’s Account Services Manager. “We waited in a 30-minute line outside – totally worth it!”
The Pearl Road store, now emblazoned with a newly-updated bright new red-and-white logo design from Go Media, prides itself on the motto, “Every Batch Made From Scratch.” The baker has been in business since 1937, though it’s changed hands a few times. Fred Borkey is the man now at the helm.
Erin Rodeno, spokeswoman for the family-owned shop, said the store remodeling and the logo design brand refresh was an opportunity to ensure the entire atmosphere reflected the quality of the product.
“The branding and logo design needed to change because we’ve really grown as a company,” Rodeno said. “But we want to make sure people know: with Jack Frost, you’re going to get the same quality ingredients. New logo, but same taste.”
The grand re-opening showed the many different ways in which small businesses and retail stores rely heavily on logo design. It was incorporated in almost every facet, including:
- New Menu Screen
- Print Menus
- Business Cards
- Staff T-shirts
- Staff Hats
- Storefront Sign
- Signage on Store Siding
- Coffee Mugs
- Merchandise Mugs
- Merchandise T-shirts
- Merchandise Hats
- Merchandise Coffee Pots
Chris Comella, Go Media’s Art Director, said even though the store is venturing into new territory, it was important that the logo design remain true to the identity of the store – which is one customers have come to know and love. That’s called brand equity, and it was important not to lose it.
“If they had simply dropped every element they had before, it would have come as a shock to the community – and that’s not what we wanted,” Comella said. “From a strategic standpoint, we really didn’t want to stray too far from what they had. Our role is to help make their business better – not arbitrarily change it.”
The donut shop operated out of a re-purposed pizza shop nearby while the renovations were ongoing.
Rodeno said the hope is this will be the start of a revitalization trend in the neighborhood.
The grand re-opening took place on April 2. The store has since resumed its regular hours and operations, which is 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Learn more about Jack Frost Donuts at 4960 Pearl Road by checking out their Facebook page or by calling (216) 351-3638.
Contact the Cleveland brand refresh experts at Go Media by calling 216.939.0000 or contact us online.
A treat as dazzling as a Jack Frost donut deserves a logo that reflects its pure, sugary awesomeness. The Cleveland graphic designers at Go Media recently collaborated with the family-owned shop – an Old Brooklyn fan favorite since 1937 – on a brand refresh that modernizes the overall look while maintaining the iconic red-and-white that regulars recognize.
“People have come to know and love this brand because it’s been a neighborhood staple for so long,” Go Media Art Director Chris Comella said of the brand refresh strategy. “With that kind of an anchor, you want to revitalize, while keeping a part of the past alive.”
The brand refresh is being unveiled just in time for the shop’s grand re-opening party April 2nd, said Jack Frost Spokeswoman Erin Rodeno.
Every morning for nearly 80 years, the pastry artists have been busy baking fresh delicacies daily inside the same Pearl Road location. The old spot had been described by even the most supportive patrons as “funky,” “industrial” and even “weathered.”
“The building definitely needed an updated, new look,” Rodeno said. “We wanted to the store rise to the same level of quality as our donuts.”
And now, the sleek new shop mirrors the greatness of the goodies inside – more than 200 fabulous flavors in all. Going beyond the simple glazed, these confections are known for their creativity – festive themes, ornate decorations – and LOTS of creamy frosting!
“It’s still going to be the same great donut, “Rodeno said. “Everything is still baked fresh on a daily basis – nothing sitting overnight. But when you walk in, there are brand new tile floors, beautiful quartz counter tops, stainless steel shelving, a flat-screen television, a new coffee station, exposed stone on the walls. It truly looks beautiful – almost as beautiful as the donuts.”
It’s a restoration effort owner Fred Borkey Jr. hopes will spark the first of many local Cleveland business renovations on the block. While waiting out the construction, his crew has been selling their donuts out of a nearby re-purposed pizza joint.
Yet even with the storefront revamp, the brand refresh didn’t come without some reservations.
“There was a fear that if the branding changed, people would think the donuts were going to change too,” Rodeno said. “But in the end, it was really just time to do it, especially because of how much we have grown as a company.”
Go Media, she said, was “wonderful” in bringing that vision to life – while still keeping the look recognizable.
“All the work they have done – everything we’ve asked for – has just been beautiful.”
One element Jack Frost knew they needed to alter was swapping the prominence of the word “Donuts” for “Jack Frost.” Many decades ago, one could rightly argue the word “Donuts” was more important; People needed to know right away what the store was selling. Today, “Jack Frost” is a household name that people immediately associate with delectable, artisan-quality donuts. The branding needed to show that shift.
The “O” in particular got special treatment, an obvious play on its donut-like shape. In the previous brand, the “O” was white on the boxes, but gold on the outdoor sign. It was a large, standout feature in both variations.
“We knew this was an aspect we wanted to keep,” Comella said. “So we just gave it some love. They really wanted to stick with a more classic image.”
It’s this classic take on doughnuts, after all, that has won Jack Frost the avid affection of the neighborhood where the shop has so long resided. It was recently voted one of Cleveland’s Best Small Places by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2016, No. 1 for Best Donut’s on Cleveland’s HotList in 2015 and NEO’s Best Donuts in 2014.
“This was really a special project for us, “Comella said. “I’ve lived here a long time, my friends and I go there and Jack Frost really does have the hands-down best donuts in town.”
If You Go
- What: Jack Frost Donuts Grand Re-Opening
- Celebrate: Green screens, music, balloons and lots of sweet treats
- Where: 4960 Pearl Road
- When: Saturday, April 2
- Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Open for regular business that day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
- Call: 216-351-3638
Contact the Cleveland brand refresh experts at Go Media by calling 216.939.0000 or contact us online.