We’ve all been there. You have an idea and need to create some mockups for some baseline concepts. But... the mockup generator is not as easy to use as you thought, or the concepts don’t look good enough. Or maybe you just want more control and would like to work with Photoshop instead. There are a lot of great reasons why one might choose Photoshop over an online mockup generator, and the same goes for why one might go with an online generator instead. We’re here to help you choose better by making sense of it all, including pros and cons of both approaches, major differences between mockup generators and Photoshop, and our own take on the situation.
So why use Photoshop?
• Powerful tool
• Loads of features
• Create more realistic mockups
• Finer control over the outcome
Photoshop is a powerful tool when used correctly. The ability to edit and create images can turn a design from an idea into something that looks amazing. However, it can be overwhelming to those looking to get started with Photoshop because of how many features there are and what they can do.
If you’re familiar with Photoshop and know you’re way around the application, this is a great option for creating mockups. You will have a finer control over the final outcome, the end product will be slightly more realistic, but the process is more time consuming. Props to you if you get it right. But a lot of people don’t get Photoshop right and a good mockup is what separates the good products from the great ones.
Why Use an online mockup generator?
• Simple and easy to use
• Fasy and efficient
• Still creates realistic mockups
• A cheaper alternative to Photoshop
So while some designers are blessed with Photoshop skill, many of us are not. That’s where an online mockup generator comes in. An online mockup generator is a fast and efficient way to create mockups. For the most part, you just select the mockup up you want, add your design, choose a color and you’re done. Fast, simple and efficient.
So should you use Photoshop mockups or an online mockup generator? The answer is both. Think of the more modern approach of using an online mockup generator as a way to communicate with customers quickly, save time but also money. Then think of Photoshop as a tool to create more in depth, detailed and more realistic mockups. So using both Photoshop mockups in conjunction with an online mockup generator can add huge value when it comes to creating images and both tools can be utilised to positively impact your work flow.