Seeing is believing. If you’re making any sort of digital art, design, or user interface, it’s important to make a mockup in order to know exactly how it will appear on the computers, tablets, and phones where people will view or use it.

Mockups are pretty simple, really: they’re just preliminary visual representations of a product used to demonstrate and experiment with how it will look in its final form. An iPhone mockup, for instance, is nothing more than a detailed visual layout inside an iPhone frame. But as easy as it is to explain, creating a professional iPhone mockup can require a full design editing suite with image transparency, visual filters, precise color adjustment, and visual design tools. Here’s how to make your own for free, all online, using Kapwing:

Step 1: Open an iPhone Mockup Template
Step 2: Add and Arrange Your Mockup Design
Step 3: Remove the Background or Add Your Own
Step 4: Export and Download

Step 1: Open an iPhone Mockup Template

Kapwing makes it easy for you to get started with the visual assets you need to create your mockup design. Just use this iPhone X/iPhone 11 mockup template and you’ll be taken directly to the Kapwing Studio, where you can create and edit your iPhone mockup. The template allows you to create JPG or PNG images, MP4 videos, or GIF files, all in the same place, so you can make moving versions of your mockup, as well.

If you want to see your mockup on an earlier version of the iPhone, you can use our Studio template with a blank iPhone 6, 7, & 8 frame, instead.

Step 2: Add and Arrange Your Mockup Design

Here’s where the creative process starts. The mockup template will open a Studio project with nothing added but a blank iPhone frame asset, so you’re in control of everything inside and outside the frame. If you have an iPhone-formatted visual design already created, you can simply click the Upload button to import it from your files, or drag & drop it into the Studio.

If you’re starting from scratch or working with visual elements that need to be arranged, you can add everything you need for your mockup in the top toolbar. You can import any file from your device, create new text, search for images on the web, and add shapes and animations using the options in the upper menu. Once you’ve added a layer, use the editing tools on the right side of the Studio to customize your font, color, outline, animation, filters, shadows, and more.

Here’s an example I’ve assembled in order to show off the full range of the Kapwing Studio’s visual design toolkit. I created individual animations using shapes and images, imported an image from the web, added custom glowing text, and composed a fun background to set the scene.

Step 3: Remove the Background or Add Your Own

There’s more to an iPhone mockup than what you put inside the frame. Depending on where it’s going to end up, the background design around the phone frame can take your mockup to the next level. If you want to download only the iPhone image itself, or want to create your background using another app, remove the background by selecting the Blank button under “Background Color” on the right side of the Studio. Now, your mockup will be downloaded as a transparent PNG image that can fit in anywhere.

If you want to create your background using Kapwing, you can add an image to the canvas or design one from scratch using images, shapes, and colors. Here are two examples: one with the background removed and transparent, and the other with a geometric design imported from the Images tab.

Step 4: Export and Download

When you’re done assembling, arranging, and perfecting your iPhone mockup design, hit the red Export button in the top right corner. If your iPhone mockup is a still image, it will be processed for downloading in about a second, but if you created a mockup video or GIF, it could take a minute or so. When it’s done processing, click the Download button on the right to save your mockup to your device.

Whatever you're creating for an iPhone screen, it's important to put together a mockup to see how your design holds up on its intended canvas. Now that you know how to design and present your iPhone mockup images online, dive into more design tips, content ideas, and product updates by subscribing to Kapwing App on YouTube and following us on Twitter at @KapwingApp. And while you're here, check out some related articles on online digital design tasks:

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