Understanding the Difference Between PSD Templates and Mockups

Creating PSD files requires technique and versatility, but, at the same time, they allow you to create original and unique compositions. However, not all PSD files are the same. In this post, we go over the differences between PSD templates and mockups. 

A PSD is a Photoshop design file, and one of the things that make this file format so popular is that it allows designers to re-edit different parts and elements of the design.

So, taking into account what they have in common, let’s see what differentiates them. 

A PSD template is a pre-created design that allows users to create customized files without having to think about the layout, the composition, or the design itself. 

Whereas a mockup is also customizable, this is thought to showcase a product by providing an accurate visual representation of what the final result will look like.

A picture is worth a thousand words: below, we give you some examples and extra information to better understand each PSD file type. Keep reading and make the most of your contributor role.


Templates provide users with a base pre-created design that they can edit according to their preferences or needs: color, text, image, layout, etc.

Then, what’s the difference between PSD templates and vector templates? The main difference between them is the software. PSD templates can be edited with Adobe Photoshop, which means you don’t have to be a design pro to edit them as long as you know how to use Photoshop.

Who can work with them? From people with basic design skills to professional designers. Plus, PSD templates are easier to use for people who are already familiar with Photoshop because you can edit them there. 

Types of PSD templates

PSD templates have several applications, and this is what makes them so versatile. If you want to upload templates to Freepik, here are some ideas of what to design:

  • PSD templates for online format: social media posts and stories, banners, landing pages, etc.

PSD templates

  • PSD templates for print format: flyers, business cards, CVs, and even bills.

PSD templates


A mockup is a visual representation of the product’s appearance that allows the customer to get an idea of how the final result will look like. Mockups add value to the designs and materialize the concept by integrating it into real products and environments.

They are popular because they offer an accurate representation of a design even without bringing it to reality (great for printers, factories, etc.).

Who can work with them? Mockups require technical expertise; that’s why professional graphic and web designers might feel more confident working with them.

Types of mockups

Users love mockups because they can download them to showcase a product or object in a 2-dimensional realistic environment. That’s why you can create a mockup of almost any object. Below are some examples of different mockup applications.

BrandingDesigns related to a brand’s visual identity.

  • Stationery: stationery mockups are usually a set of corporative items such as business cards, envelopes, folders, files, etc.

stationery mockup

  • Merchandising: these are promotional products and branded merchandise

merchandising mockup

  • Logo effects: these are close-up shots of surfaces with a brand’s logo. Logo mockups integrate layer styles to create complex effects.

logo effects mockups


Print: it’s a mockup group that refers to designs in a print format or related to print media.

  • Brochure: this type includes brochures, leaflets, brochures, flyers,… which are great for businesses and promotional campaigns.

brochure mockup

  • Magazine: magazine mockups are great for magazine designers and layout editors to showcase an idea.

magazine mockup

  • Books: mockups show the work of editorial designers on book covers.

book cover mockup

  • Press: resources for press media designers.

press mockup

  • Frames: framed print designs to show the work of graphic artists in real contexts.

frame mockup

  • Envelopes: mockups of envelopes and letters 

envelope mockup


Product: Product mockups are used to integrate a design into a product, whether it’s packaging, labeling, etc.

  • Packaging: mockups used to pack a product with a specific design. These can be integrated into the container itself or the packaging.

packaging mockup

  • Product labeling: in this case, the mockup appears in the label attached to a product.

labeling mockup

  • Hangtags: mockup designs applied to the tag that is generally attached to clothing or other merchandise pieces.

hangtags mockup


Advertising: Mockups used for different pieces of advertising.

  • Outdoor ads: billboards, bus stops, etc.

outdoor ads mockup

  • Business signs: brand customizations for business or physical establishments 

business signs mockup

  • Vehicles: designs used for customizing vehicles

vehicle mockup


Events: All designs applied to advertising promotion such as stands, roll-ups, exhibitors, etc.

event mockup


Textile: These are related to the customization of textile supports.

  • Apparel: it refers to designs that are integrated into standard clothing.

apparel mockup

  • Fabrics: These mockups are designs used for fabric editing, such as upholstery, bedding, flags, table linen, etc.

fabrics mockup


Devices: Technologic devices with screens that allow integrating a mockup.

devices mockup


As you can see, there is a wide variety of PSD files out there, meaning you can select your favorite category and create unique and original resources! Tell us in the comments if you already knew the difference between PSD templates and mockups. We’re all eyes .

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