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How To Make A Sticker Mockup (In 2024)

how to make a sticker mockup

Are you looking for the easiest tutorial to learn how to make a sticker mockup?

I prepped a short guide for beginner and professional designers.

You CAN but you don’t have to use Photoshop to create mockups.


No software. No skills. Only epic results!

SEE how a sticker design looks when placed on an item you choose before the printing phase. (Avoid running into trouble!)

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That’s where a sticker mockup comes in handy.

You can easily create one with Placeit (aka mockup generator).

I will walk you through the (very simple) entire process.

How To Make A Sticker Mockup With Mockup Generator

It only takes five quick steps to go from NO mockup to YES mockup.

(I set a stopwatch and it took me less than twenty seconds to make it happen.)

Step 1: Visit Placeit

To get started on your sticker mockup, go to Placeit’s website.

Method #1: Search for “sticker mockup” using the search bar at the top of the page. You’ll then see all the available templates.

Method #2: You can also click on the Mockups at the top and then click on the Sticker category on the left.

Step 2: Choose Your Sticker Mockup Template

Once all the sticker mockups load, you can browse through the designs to find those that suit your needs.

choose your sticker mockup design

And they have A LOT of different designs with various objects.

You can also use the filtering options on the left to narrow down the results.

When you find a mockup you like, click on it to open the mockup editor.

Step 3: Upload Your Sticker Design

Now it’s time to upload your sticker design.

Keep in mind that PNG with a transparent background is your best bet as this means you can place the design on various colored backgrounds.

upload your sticker design

You can adjust the sticker’s position and size to ensure it FITS PROPERLY onto the mockup during the upload process.

Note: You do it all online, no need for software. No need for any experience either.

Step 4: Customize Your Mockup

After you have uploaded the design, you can customize the mockup.

The options here depend on the mockup you choose.

customize your sticker mockup

In some cases, you can add text, add another graphic, and upload your logo.

In others, you might even be able to change the object’s color where the sticker goes (background, too!).

Step 5: Download Your Finished Mockup

You can download it once you’re happy with how your sticker mockup looks.

download your finished mockup

Click the Download button at the top of the page. You have two options for downloading the design.

1. You can pay a one-time fee of $7.95 if you need a single design.

2. You can also opt for a monthly or yearly subscription.

The monthly subscription is available for $14.95, while the yearly subscription costs $89.69.

This option is best if you plan on creating a lot of different mockups. (See all Placeit’s sticker mockups.)

A subscription is best for designers or anyone selling customized products such as T-shirts, (note) books, stickers (DUH!), mugs, stamps, and more.

Note: With a subscription, you get UNLIMITED EVERYTHING.

Friendly tip: Friends at 99design put together a comprehensive collection of sticker design ideas that will BOOST your creativity.

5 Top Sticker Mockup Generators

Now, that you know how to make a sticker mockup with Placeit (how easy was that?), I want to share some different sticker designs with you.

1. Sticker mockup on a mug

sticker mockup on a mug
This is one of the more ideal solutions if you want to customize your mug.

It features an 11 oz. mug placed on a table and you can customize the color of the mug.


2. Laptop sticker mockup

laptop sticker mockup
With this mockup, you can easily see how your sticker would look like when placed on a laptop.


3. Sticker mockup on an iPhone

sticker mockup on an iphone
Want to decorate your iPhone? See how your sticker design would look like on the back of your iPhone using this neat template.


4. Sticker mockup on a notebook

sticker mockup on a notebook
This mockup is a great choice if you want to customize your notebook with your sticker(s).

It’s also a great choice if you want to launch your line of customized notebooks.


5. Square sticker mockup on a car

square sticker mockup on a car
Use this mockup if you want to make a sticker that goes on the back of the car.

You can even add some custom text to accompany the realistic presentation.



Note: You may also be interested in my collection of the best round sticker mockups.

How To Make A Sticker Mockup With Photoshop

If you enjoy using Photoshop for designing life-like product presentations because of the freedom and more control, this section is pretty self-explanatory.

Two available options

Option 1. You can start from scratch and design every part of the mockup yourself.

This will give you the ultimate control over how elements look, how they’re laid out, and where your sticker goes.

Option 2. Alternatively, you can download a pre-made PSD mockup that includes the item you want to place your sticker on.

You can then adjust the layered mockup to your liking, add your sticker design (via smart object layer), and export the finished design.

Final Thoughts

A mockup allows you to PREVIEW your sticker design before printing it out.

Avoid. Inconvenience.

You can create a realistic sticker mockup with Placeit if you follow the steps outlined in this article.

The only thing left to do now is to make a design, create a mockup, print out your sticker, and add it to your favorite item.

Good luck!

(But you won’t need it ’cause making a sticker mockup is TOO EASY!)

FAQs About Making A Sticker Mockup

What software is best for creating sticker mockups?

Adobe Photoshop is widely recommended for its comprehensive features and flexibility. Alternatives include Adobe Illustrator for vector-based designs and free tools like GIMP, as well as online mockup generators like Placeit.

How do I make my sticker mockup look realistic?

Focus on adding realistic textures, appropriate shadows, and lighting effects to mimic how the sticker would appear on different surfaces. Ensure the sticker’s edges and material look lifelike.

Can I create a sticker mockup without advanced design skills?

Yes, you can use online mockup generators like Placeit or Canva that provide easy-to-use interfaces and pre-designed templates, which are great for beginners.

Where can I find free sticker mockup templates?

Websites like GraphicBurger, Behance, and Mockup World offer various free sticker mockup templates. Always check the license for their use in personal or commercial projects.

What are the key elements to include in a sticker mockup?

Essential elements include the sticker design, realistic textures (like paper or vinyl), shadows, and potentially a background or surface (like a laptop or notebook) to show context.

How do I apply my design to a sticker mockup template?

In Photoshop, open the mockup file, find the layer designated for your design (usually a smart object), double-click it, place your design, adjust if needed, and save. The mockup will update with your design. Or upload it directly from your device if using an online mockup generator.

What file formats are best for saving sticker mockups?

PNG and JPEG are common formats. PNG is ideal for its transparency support, allowing your sticker to be placed on various backgrounds without a white border. JPEG is suitable for a smaller file size, especially for web use. For editable files, especially in Photoshop, saving as PSD is recommended for future adjustments.

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Brenda is a freelance writer from southern California. Her work has appeared on numerous tech and web development websites. When she’s not creating content, she participates in about a million hobbies and spends time with her family.