Photos vs. isolated mockups: What's the difference?

Photos vs. isolated mockups: What's the difference?

  • Feb 10th
  • 4 min read
  • #  Tips & tricks

Do you ever find yourself asking what is the difference between photo and isolated mockups? With this post, we will break down all the things you need to know to help you understand.

As you already know, our mockup library is divided into digital, print and apparel mockups. Within our library, you can filter all results also by using search tool and tags. In today's blog post we're gonna show you and explain the difference between photo and isolated mockups.

What will you learn?

  1. What are photo mockups and how you can customize them?
  2. What are isolated mockups and how you can customize them?

Blog Photo vs Isolated Photo

1. What are photo mockups and how you can customize them?

Photo mockups represent high-resolution realistic images, mostly photos or 3D renders, of different products captured in real-life situations. Imagine that you are sitting on a bench outside searching through your phone. If a photographer came up to you and took a photo of your smartphone over your shoulders then the final image could be turned into a photo mockup.

The main aspects of photo mockups:

  • Real-life photos or realistic 3D renders
  • Up to 5K high resolution exports
  • Limited customization options (no changeable background)

Once you have uploaded your image from the computer and you have adjusted the image onto the mockup scene by using our crop tool, you will notice that the customization options with photo mockups are mot possible or very limited. There is no option to change the colour of the device nor the background of the photo mockup as it already comes with these aspects. However, within some photo mockups, there is an option for realistic blur that simulate the real focal lenght of the camera the image has been taken with.

You can also turn on "Your branding" watermark when you are a PRO member to sign your mockup with your own logo.

Blog Photo vs Isolated Isolated B

2. What are isolated mockups and how you can customize them?

Isolated mockups, on the other hand, are product images purely showing just the product where you can freely customize the background. All isolated mockups on our website come with an erased background (or transparent if you want), and in PNG file format. Thanks to that, the background of your mockup is completely changeable and it's up to you whether you want to keep it transparent, add a plain background color, colorful gradient, upload your own image or pick one of 550.000+ free stock images from Unsplash.

Along with changeable background, there are many other ways how to customize isolated mockups. One of them, the one we're truly proud of, is a changeable item color. With that option you can change the color of the mockup itself (for example t-shirt color, mug color, business card color etc.)

Another options available are different mockup styles. Sometimes it can be a male or female hand holding a greeting card, sometimes it can be a surface of an isolated mug mockup where you can choose from gloosy and matte options. The possibilities with isolated mockups are really endless so take your time and see what each mockup has to offer.

The main aspects of isolated mockups:

  • Real-life photos with erased background or transparent 3D renders
  • Changeable background with multiple options
  • Full customization options with different styles
  • Up to 5K high resolution exports

As you can see, the difference between photos and isolated mockups are pretty clear. Whether you need a transparent PNG mockup for your website or keynote or need a real-life situation of someone holding a smartphone, remember, Smartmockups got you covered. We're working hard on new mockups and new ways for you how to customize each mockup so you create perfect images no matter the use case.


🤔 Have you found this article helpful?

So how about now? Still struggling with knowing the difference between photo and isolated mockups? We hope this article was helpful enough for you to tell the final difference and so you now know how you use our customize options.


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