If you purchased one of our styled desktop stock photography images that has a mobile device and you would like to know how to add your own screenshot or image to the mobile device screen using Photoshop please see the step by step directions below.
Once you download your image be sure to extract the file you downloaded so that all files are accessible in Photoshop. After you have extracted your files open up Photoshop and follow these steps:
Step 1: From your Photoshop dashboard open the stock image that you purchased and would like to edit.
To do this click “open” in the upper left hand corner. Then click “locate file” locate the file and click the image you want to edit and then hit “open”.
Step 2: You will need to re-size the image. Our stock images are very large so you will need to change the size to fit your needs. For example if using in a blog post you would change to a width between 600-800px depending on your blog width size.
To re-size your image click “Image” and from the drop down choose “Image Size”
A screen will pop up where you can enter the new dimensions you would like your image to be. In my example I changed my image3071px wide to be 740px wide. I don’t adjust the height I usually let it auto adjust.
Step 3: Now open up the screenshot or image you are going to be adding to the mobile devise screen.
Next crop the image down to the area that you want to use removing all unwanted area from the outer part of the image.
To do this use your rectangular marquee tool and then outline the area you want to use. Click “Image” and then from the drop down choose “Crop”
Step 4: Switch back our to the stock photography image with the mobile device. Again using the rectangular marquee tool outline the space around the mobile device screen to give you an idea of what size your screenshot needs to be re-sized to in order to fit that space. A little box will pop up showing you dimensions. To be safe make the area a little bit larger than the screen. Note the width: in this case it is 0.723 in.
Step 5: Now that you know the size switch back to your screenshot or image you will be adding to the mobile device screen.
Just as in step 2 you will re-size the image so that it can fit in the mobile device space. Click “Image” and from the drop down choose “Image Size”
A screen will pop up where you can enter the new dimensions. Enter the width from the previous step and let the height auto adjust. Be sure that it is set to inches.
IMPORTANT: Change the resolution to 300. If you don’t change it your image will be too small.
Step 6: Now select the entire image by clicking “ctrl” and “A” or on Mac click “Command” and “A” and copy it by clicking “ctrl” and “C” or on Mac “Command” and “C” or you can use the dashboard and click “Edit” and then “Copy”.
Step 7: Now its time to paste the screenshot/ image onto the stock photography image. Click back over to the stock image and click on the layer specified for your background it will say something like “place your image here” click that layer, make sure it is selected it will be a different color than the other layers mine turns blue. Then paste your image.
8. Choose your move tool and tick “Show Transform Controls” to manually move your image around if needed.
Your image is now all set to use. I suggest saving it as a png file so click “save for web” and then choose to save as a png file.
If you have an image that needs to be rotated because the mobile divisive is tilted on the desktop then follow the steps below:
1. Choose your move tool and tick “Show Transform Controls” move your mouse to the upper left or right corner and a half circle will appear letting you know that it is set to rotate. Left click and move your mouse to the right to rotate right or left to rotate left.
2. Once you adjust you will notice that your image is blurry. I have yet to find a full proof fix for this in Photoshop but you can improve it with the smart sharpen filter. Choose “Filter” and then from the drop down “Sharpen” and then “Smart Sharpen”.
3. Adjust the levels to your liking, lower lever=ls work best for this small of an image
When you are done click ok and then save your image. Again saving as a png file will work best.
I hope this tutorial was helpful if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section or contact us.
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