If you're a surface pattern designer or illustrator many of your designs are applied to many different types of products. Lets face it, you may not always have time to have a shoot done, in time for a particular event, a specific press release...the list goes on.


We've had quite a few clients asking for 'blanks' or designer's template images producing for them. Of course you can buy off the peg stock images from a number of locations, but if you'd like images that are unique to only you, a very important factor in branding, particularly if you're trying to create difference to other similar businesses. The following three images were produced for one particular client who had greeting cards, mounted prints, and also framed prints as part of their product range.

A designer's template image showing a styled photography in-situ with a framed blank
Overhead photograph of mounted prints blank for surface pattern designers to superimpose their work into
Blank greetings card designers template photograph in soft setting

This can also be done for mugs, textiles, cards, coasters...pretty much any product really. If you'd really like to make your life a little easier, you can even send your digital artwork over, and we'll superimpose your artwork in for you. Or if you'd like to do this yourself, please check out the notes at the bottom of this page.

Do these look realistic? Or do they look like mockups?

They don't look like a mockup if the artwork is high quality and superimposed with care. This is something you can do to choose yourself (see the instructions below) or we can do for you with an expert eye.

A couple of notes for you that should help with superimposing your artwork. (using Adobe Photoshop)

• Bring in your artwork from Adobe Illustrator / Affinity Designer, you can then use Edit/Distort to match your perfect square/rectangle to the photographed card. Just use the small corner squares that become active, to adjust the edges a little to bring it in line with the photographed card. The photographed card invariably wouldn't be an absolute perfect square or rectangle.

• Secondly although the aim is to make the photograph as sharp as possible, in particular the artwork. It’s not possible to get them as sharp as digital artwork. Sometimes when you superimpose the artwork in it can look a little artificial due to being too sharp. So its often worth trying to blur it a little. I do only mean a very small amount, maybe even just using one instance of Filter/Blur or Blur more would be enough just to take the edge of it.

• As the light will differ across the front of the card, and there is a generally a texture present, after creating your new layer with the digital artwork on, change the layer compositing mode to Multiply. There are others but I generally find that most of the time that is the best one. So change it from Normal to Multiply