How to Create a Video Screen Mockup in Photoshop

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Mockups are a great way to show off your work quickly and in a great setting. While most people use image mockups, a video mockup will grab attention and keep people engaged with your work. Adding video to a screen is a cool way to show off your work, and not too hard to do either.

What is a Video Screen Mockup?

A mockup is a digital way to prototype a design or apply a design to its product in real time without producing it. There are many reasons for this, but one of the main reasons for creating a mockup is to make your designs, illustrations or whatever you want to show off more realistic. This helps your audience visualize what the piece will look like when it’s finished.

Instead of the extra time, money, and effort it would take to produce an actual product, you can create a digital mockup showcasing your art, design, website, and more.

Now, an animated screen mockup is a very similar concept, but with a mockup on a screen, like a phone or a computer. And instead of an image, the mockup will show a moving drawing or video.

These mobile designs can be anything from a video to a UX/UI design prototype or screen recording.

Why should you use an animated screen mockup?


Mac computer mockup showing website scrolling video

One of the best reasons to create an animated screen mockup is to show off a website. It’s a great way to show off a website you’ve designed in your portfolio.

Using a mockup gives a bit more creativity to your portfolio than just screenshots of your website. This is a great way to diversify the look of your mockups.

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If you want to show a video you created, this can also be a creative way to show it instead of just embedding the video from YouTube etc. All in all, an animated screen mockup is a fun way to display your work.

How to Create an Animated Screen Mockup in Photoshop

Although most people know Photoshop as an image editing tool, you can also use it to create animations and videos. So, here are the steps on how to create a video mockup using Photoshop.

What type of video should you use?

There are many options for your animated screen mockup. A smaller video file will work better. Although you can use this technique to display real video footage, the size will make rendering in Photoshop more difficult.

For this reason, we are going to create a mockup scrolling a webpage. Using a shorter video without any other design aspects will render faster and give a high quality result.

Use a screen recorder to create a video of your screen. This can be done on mobile or desktop, depending on what you want your mockup to be. We will use Quicktime Player on Mac and the New screen recording option, but there are many other Mac options. If you have an iPhone, you can see how to filter recording on an iPhone. You don’t need any audio in this recording.

For our video, we recorded the Makeuseof.com website, showing a series of articles on graphic design. You can filter out anything that makes sense to you. Keep scrolling smooth and make sure it’s neither too fast nor too slow.

When you’ve finished your short recording, save it in MP4 format and put it in an easy-to-access folder.

What type of photo should you use?

To get the best results in this mockup, you should use a photo that shows a clear screen. It can be a mobile screen, a computer or even a television screen. Although your image may show some perspective, it’s best if the screen is mostly facing you.

It’s possible to use an obstructed screen or an image with heavy perspective for a more complicated mockup, but we’ll keep it simple today.

You can take your own photo or upload one from a royalty-free site, like Unsplash. We won’t be using a premade PSD mockup for this tutorial, so you won’t have to worry about finding one.

How to make video mockup


Photo showing a desktop Mac with an iPhone, a coffee cup and a keyboard next to it.

Open your image in Photoshop.

If you downloaded the image from a royalty free site or took it with a high quality camera, the size may be quite large. You can reduce the image size.

Click on Picture > Image size. Final dimensions are up to you, but we recommend a width of around 1200. Keep image constraints in proportion when changing sizes. Click on Okay.

Now to create the space where the video will sit. Find the dimensions of your original video; If you’re recording a screen from a phone, find out the dimensions of the phone’s screen, and if you’re recording a website, you can use a standard resolution of 1680 x 1050 unless you know the exact dimensions.

Using the Rectangle Tool (U), click on your canvas. This will bring up a pop-up where you can specify the dimensions. Enter the width and height of your screen recording and click Okay. Delete the stroke and choose a black or dark gray fill color.


Photoshop screen showing conversion to smart object

On the rectangle layer, right click and go to Convert to smart object. You can now transform the rectangle to fit the screen perfectly. This means that any image placed on the smart object will follow the same shape transformation.

To transform your rectangle, use the Transform tool. You can find it by going to Edit > Free transformation or by hitting cmd+T (Mac) or ctrl+T (The Windows).

The Transform tool will only change the size of the rectangle. Change the size to look as close to the screen as possible. Then use the Distortion function.


Screenshot showing Photoshop's Transform Distort tool

Again, go to Edit menus, then Transform > Distort. This will allow you to drag and stretch the corners to fit your screen perfectly. This works great if your image has extra perspective. Double click on the rectangle once you have aligned all of your corners and edges. If the edges are not properly aligned, use the Transform tool and the Distort option again until they are.

You can insert your video into your properly sized and shaped smart object. Click on The window > Chronology to open the animation timeline. Make sure it’s on the video timeline rather than the image animation.


Photoshop screenshot showing animation timeline and smart object thumbnail

Double click on the smart object in the layers panel by clicking on the icon with a paper and a square on your smart object thumbnail. This opens in a new window.


Photoshop screenshot showing smart object window with empty -timeline

Drag your video to the smart object window. Your video should be the same size as your rectangle. If the dimensions are incorrect, you can fix it easily: drag the corners until they match the whole window.

If you need to trim edges, you can do that. All you can see is what will be shown in the final mockup. Once you’re satisfied, double-click to confirm the size and location.


Photoshop screenshot showing video timelines corresponding to length.

You will now see two timeline layers on the video timeline: one for the rectangle and one for the new video. Drag the length of the rectangle timeline to match the length of the video. This ensures that the video will be viewed for its full duration.

Click the play button to check your video. Loading may take some time and therefore play slower than real time.

To make your video screen more realistic, change the blending mode of the video layer. You can also reduce the opacity on the video layer). Play around with different blend settings until you’re satisfied. If you want to leave it without this step, that’s fine too. This will give a clearer view of the screen.

Now to save the video to your mockup, just save the smart object window. You can do this by going to File > to safeguard or hit cmd+S (Mac) or ctrl+S (The Windows). Once saved, exit the smart object window.


Photoshop screenshot showing the final video mockup.

You will return to the mockup window. You will see your video instead of the screen.

To save your mockup, go to File > Export > Render the video… Here you can change the size of the final mockup. Changing the size will also help with loading and overall file size. Once you are happy with your settings, click To return.

This will result in a final MP4 video file with your completed video mockup.

Take your mockups further with a video screen mockup

By using video in your screen mockups, you’ll be able to share more work and engage more people. This dynamic mockup style created in Photoshop is easy to make and gives great results.

While you can use this technique for a static mockup using just an image, by using video you’re learning a new skill and encouraging people to engage with your work longer. A video mockup is rare to see, and the surprise will grab the attention of everyone who watches it.


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