Create a mock-up sticker in photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make an editable mock-up sticker with a glossy finish effect. In the lesson process, you will use smart objects, transformation, filters, and layer styles.

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a 3000 x 2000 pixel, 72 pixels / inch, RGB document.

Step 2

Using the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (U)) in mode Figure (Shape), draw a 1500 x 1500 pixel square in the center of the canvas. The fill color is not important, since the layer will be used as a blank.

Step 3

On the layers panel, select a layer with a square, for convenience, rename it to “Smart Object” or any other name, and then convert to Smart object.

Translator’s Note: Use Layers – Smart Object – Convert to Smart Object (Layer – Smart Object – Convert to Smart Object or right-click on the layers and select in the context menu Convert to Smart Object (Convert to Smart Object).

Step 4

Double click on the icon Smart object, to open content in a new window. Turn off the visibility of the square layer. Using the tool Text (Horizontal Type Tool (T)), write the text that is automatically converted to the Text layer. Sticker text settings: Bello Script font, 480 px, # 30D8B0.

Step 5

After making sure that you are satisfied with the appearance of the text, convert it into a shape. To do this, right-click on the layer and select in the context menu Convert to Curves (Convert to Shape). In the next step, let’s add a white stroke, which is typical for sticker design.

Step 6

Choose a tool Outline selection (Path Selection Tool (A)) and, using the tool settings menu, make a 50 pixel rim. Make sure you have a stroke alignment type selected. External (Outside), and the corners are rounded.

Step 7

As you noticed, there is a small empty space between the letters “t” and “i”. To fill it with white, just draw a small patch tool Pen (Pen).

Step 8

Save the changes and close the window (* .psb file) with the smart object. Returning to the main document, apply the Transformation to the layer with the smart object.

  • Editing – Transform – Rotate (Edit – Transform – Rotate). Rotate the layer around the axis by -21º.
  • Editing – Transform – Tilt (Edit – Transform – Skew). While holding the ALT key, pull the upper right corner and move it 7º.

Step 9

Now use Layer – New Fill Layer – Color (Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid Color Fill) and adjust the color to # 6dd6e9. Click OK.

Step 10

Give a name to the fill layer “Background” and move it to the bottom on the layers palette. Duplicate the smart object layer. Rename the duplicate to “Shadow”, move under the “Stiker” layer. Turn off visibility for the “Stiker” layer. Layout of the panels on the panel can be seen below.

Step 11

Double click on the “Shadow” layer to bring up a window with layer styles. AT Blending options (Blending options) opacity fillings (Fill) decrease to 0.

Step 12

Apply layer style Color overlay (Color Overlay): color – black (# 000000), Opacity 25%.

Step 13

Ok, now add a second layer style Color overlay (Color Overlay). If you do not have the ability to reuse one style on one layer, then you can apply a layer style. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) with settings:

  • Black to black gradient (Black to Black gradient);
  • Blend mode – Overlay Blend Mode;
  • Opacityl (Opacity) – 100%.

Step 14

Below you can see the layout of the layers and the result of the applied layer styles.

Step 15

Now apply for the shadow layer Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a blur radius of 2 pix.

Step 16

Next use Filter Filter – Gallery Blur – Tilt Shift (Tilt-Offset) (Filter> Blur Gallery> Tilt Shift) with settings: Blur (Blur) 90px, Distortion (Distortion) 100%.

Step 17

Click OK and return to the working paper. In the layers panel now select the “Stiker” layer.

Step 18

Select Editing – Transforming – Warp (Edit – Transform – Warp). In the mode settings Deformation select Arch (Arch) and install bend (Bend) at -20%. You can see the transformation demonstration and the result below.

Step 19

Double click on the “Stiker” layer to bring up the layer styles. Apply Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiply (Multiply);
  • Opacityl (Opacity): 5%;
  • Gradient (Gradient): Black to White (Default)
  • Style (Style): Mirror (Reflected);
  • Angle (Angle): -150º;
  • Scale (Scale): 60%.

Step 20

Further Layer – New Fill Layer – Gradient. Use these settings:

  • Gradient (Gradient): Black to White (Default)
  • Style (Style): Mirror (Reflected);
  • Angle (Angle): -150Aº;
  • Scale (Scale): 70%.

Step 21

Name the gradient layer “Gloss Effect”. Click on the layer with the right mouse button and select in the context menu Convert to Smart Object (Convert to Smart Object). We go to Image – Correction – Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels) … set the values ​​to 50 – 1.00 – 90.

Step 22

Go to Filter – Filter Gallery – Glass. Install Distortion (Distortion) at 20, and Softening (Smoothness) to 4.

Step 23

Now, Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast. Brightness (Brightness) 150, Contrast (Contrast) 100.

Step 24

In conclusion, add sharpness to the gloss. Let’s go Filter – Sharpening – Sharpness + (Filter> Sharpen> Sharpen).

Step 25

Make a copy of the “Gloss Effect” layer and apply both gloss layers as a clipping mask for the “Stiker” layer. On the top copy, set the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light) and Opacity (Opacity) 25%.

Step 26

On the lower layer “Gloss Effect” set the blending mode Multiplication (Multiply), Opacity (Opacity) to 2%.


Here is the final image of the sticker. As you can see, simple techniques and effects can create amazing results. And what is most interesting, the layout of this sticker is easy to edit, thanks to smart objects. Having placed the necessary text in them, you can immediately see the final image!

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