Design the perfect 3D packaging before making an actual sample!

Design the perfect 3D packaging before making an actual sample!

  • Aug 26th
  • 7 min read
  • #Β Β Use cases

Designing a packaging can be a tough job and presenting the final ideas to your client without the sample can be even tougher. How about using Smartmockups 3D packaging mockups to save yourself some coins and time!

Imagine that you work as a designer who is responsible for creating a perfect product design for the upcoming hair mask launch. You have to make sure that the design looks perfect enough that it can be sent to the manufacturer who is then going to make samples and make it all ready to be shipped. This is a very crucial moment as you have to be sure this is the right design for your package because any mistakes might cause a loss in profit for your company. With Smartmockups 3D packaging mockups, all of the fear can go away as you can present your product designs without making an sample! Read our article below to learn how to design a packaging mockup like a pro to finally save yourself some coins and time!

What will you learn?

  1. What are packaging mockups, and how can they help you?
  2. Packaging mockups can be made in a few different ways
  3. Three simple ways how to create them
  4. Examples of packaging mockups you can create in seconds

1. What are packaging mockups, and how can they help you?

Packaging mockups are templates of packages (e. g. cosmetics tubes, paper boxes, bottles, cans, doypacks etc.) which you can present your own design assets on, to show a replica of the final product. With Smartmockups packaging mockups, your design asset will be placed in a context of a real packaging without the need of making a single product sample. Your client will be impressed by having an idea of what the packaging can look like in real life but also how much money can be saved without having to get into production. What is even cooler is that every single 3D item has different style options! For example, you can create a 3D coffee bag packaging with three different glossiness styles for a more realistic-looking result.

Note: Smartmockups provides you with the possibility to create these stunning packaging screenshots in up to 5K resolution right within one interface with unlimited number of downloads and also annual discount of up to 35% off!

2. Packaging mockups can be made in a few different ways

You probably ask yourself where do I start. Well, there are many ways on how to create packaging mockups. The first way and probably the most traditional one is going to be the use of the Cloud Creative softwares such as Adobe Photoshop. Whereas the second way, and definitely the easiest one is to start using Smartmockups product mockup generator. It gives you the possibility to create high-quality product mockups right inside your browser or on the go, even if you are not a skilled designer. Let's compare both traditional way of doing mockups with Adobe Photoshop and also the innovative one with Smartmockups mockup generator.

What is the difference between using Smartmockups and Adobe Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop

The most traditional way of creating mockups is by using Photoshop. You can shoot your own photos and convert them into a mockup or purchase all kinds of PSD files on several different websites. But still there can be many disadvantages of using Adobe Photoshop especially for non-designers.

The disadvantages of using Photoshop

  • You need to purchase a license for using Photoshop or other graphic design softwares
  • You have to search and buy each mockup
  • You need the knowledge and skills to edit the purchased mockup


With Smartmockups, you can create an unlimited number of packaging mockups in just a few seconds. All you have to do is to choose the right mockup, upload your logo or image, customize the scene to your liking, and hit download. The interface is very easy to use and even if you are not a skilled designer, you won't have any problems getting started.

Note: πŸ‘‰ It is even easier to get started with using Smartmockups if you read our blog post first and then jump straight into the business!

The advantages of using Smartmockups

  • You can choose from many different mockups
  • Everything is supereasy and fast
  • You can customize the scene to fit your project
  • You can export an unlimited number of mockups
  • You don’t need Photoshop or other software
  • You don’t even need any special skills or experience
  • Everything is online, wherever you need it

In the comparison with Adobe Creative Cloud Software, Smartmockups mockup generator comes out like a win-win situation because it is affordable, very easy to use and the full library of high-resolution mockups will make your final design work look stunning.

3. Three simple ways how to create them

Packaging mockups can be created in three easy steps. Follow the step-by-step guideline below and create your first mockup in a few clicks.

STEP 1: Choose the perfect packaging mockup

You can choose from many different packaging mockups. In fact, there are 3 different mockup categories to choose from:

Each category can be filtered through so it’s up to you if you want an isolated with a changeable background or a photo mockup.

Note: πŸ‘‰ You can read our blog post about the difference between photo and isolated mockups.

I have chosen to create a 3D coffee bag mockup with a specific angle.

STEP 2: Upload your logo or image and customize the scene

Upload your assets for each side of the packaging, adjust the size and position, and customize the scene. You can change the background, colour of the iteam or crop the whole area according to your own liking. On top of that, you can add a different finish to your coffee bag - either glossy, mettalic or mate finish.

STEP 3: Download or share the final image in super high-resolution

Once your mockup is ready, you can download the image in a super high-resolution or share it with a unique URL address. Creating your own 3D packaging mockup is super easy and be done in just a couple of seconds! πŸ˜‰

4. Examples of packaging mockups you can create in seconds

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πŸ“± No need to make a sample!

Now that you've made it to the end of this article, you know that there is no need to invest loads of money into making several different packaging samples. Simply showcase the design ideas using mockups and then jump straight into the production! You can thank us later. πŸ˜‰

πŸ™ Show us your mockups and follow us on our social media channels!

We are actively reposting your creations on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Tag us in using #madewithsmartmockups for your chance to get featured! Also don't forget to follow us to stay up to date with new mockups and features.

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