How to Mockup a T Shirt Design on a Model with Photoshop
Mockup your Tee designs in real world settings
This tutorial demonstrates how to take t-shirt artwork and mock it up on a real world model photo. This technique can be applied to any appropriate photo of a model wearing a plain shirt or vest etc. Smart Objects, Layer Masks and Displacement Maps are the main focus of this tutorial.
First we need a photo of a model wearing a plain shirt, and also the artwork for the shirt. The model photo I am using is this photo
from Pexels. And this logo
from the Vintage Logos & Emblems
resource on Medialoot.
Open the model photo in Photoshop, and paste the logo in from Illustrator. Select the Pixels option when pasting (because pasted Vector Smart Objects cannot be freely distorted the same way as pixels or Smart Objects created within Photoshop).
Before placing the artwork, increase the size of the logo considerably by entering 1000% for the width and height values.
Place the artwork and convert it to a Smart Object.
Enter Transform mode (CTRL+T or CMD+T) and line the artwork up with the angle the model is standing at. (Tip: Hold down the CTRL or CMD key and drag the individual corners). It is okay if some of the artwork overlaps the model's hair or goes off the body slightly.
Duplicate the background layer and move it to the top (CTRL+SHIT+] or CMD+SHIFT+]). Then desaturate the layer (CTRL+SHIFT+U or CMD+SHIFT+U).
Bring up the Levels adjust (CTRL+L or CMD+L) and tweak the shadows and highlights to bring out as much contrast as possible without losing detail.
Copy and paste this layer into a new Photoshop document and save it as 'displacement-map.psd' somewhere easy to find.
Go back to the original document and create a Clipping Mask using the Background Copy and Artwork layers. Set the Blending Mode of the Background Copy layer to Screen and Opacity to 25%.
Duplicate the Background Copy layer and set the Blending Mode to Multiply and Opacity to 50%.
Select the original Background layer and go to Filter > Distort > Displace... enter 5 for the Horizontal and Vertical scale then click OK and choose the 'displacement-map.psd' file that you saved in step 8.
Select the Artwork layer and create a new Layer Mask (Reveal All).
Set the foreground color to black and with Paint Brush tool carefully paint over any areas of the Artwork which overlap the model's hair or are off her body.
Finally, to make the result look more realistic we can emulate the shallow depth of field in the photo by applying a subtle Tilt-Shift blur to the Artwork layer. Note: This requires the Blur Gallery feature introduced in Photoshop CS6, alternatively you can rasterize the layer and manually blur the edges using the blur tool.
Result & Conclusion
And that is how you place t-shirt artwork onto a photograph of a model using Photoshop. This same method can be used on any appropriate model photo, but to make your own life easier, I recommend either taking professional photos or looking for stock photos which clearly display a large section of a plain item of clothing.