How to Create Mock-Ups in Canva

Learn how to create your own mockups in minutes with Canva, the world’s easiest graphic design tool.

Published Categorized as Canva, UX & Design

Creating beautiful, eye-catching mock-ups for your products has never been this easy: All you need to do is sign up for Canva (if you don’t already have an account) and follow the steps in this tutorial.

Step 1: Fire up your favorite web browser and go to

Or open the Canva app on your desktop if you prefer to work there and you have it installed.

Step 2: Sign up for Canva or sign in to your existing account.

Step 3: Click on the purple “Create a new design” button in the upper-right corner of the screen.

The “Create a design” button

Step 4: Search for a predefined size (say, a presentation, an Instagram post, an A4 document) or enter a custom size by setting the width and height in pixels.

Canva will then create a new design for you.

Step 5: Find the image file that you want to place in a mockup on your computer (using File Explorer on a Windows PC and Finder on a Mac).

Step 6: Now drag and drop the image file into your Canva design, and then allow it a few seconds to upload and show.

Once your image is uploaded, it will show up

Step 7: Select the image and click on the “Edit image” link on the left side of the top bar.

The “Edit image” link

Step 8: Type “smartmockups” (without the quotes) into the search form in the “Edit image” sidebar, then click on the “See all” link.

The “Smartmockups” app

Step 9: Try a few mockups until you come to the one you like.

Your mockup may look oddly sized at this stage. Don’t worry, you’ll resize it shortly.

Creating a mockup with Smartmockups

Step 10: To adjust the size and position of your original image in the mockup, click the settings icon in the mockup preview in the left sidebar, and then, under “Crop,” select Fill > Custom.

Step 11: Adjust the horizontal position, vertical position, and image size to your liking, then click on the purple “Apply” button.

Step 12: Scale your newly created image so that it takes up the entire Canva design.

The mockup, scaled and cropped to the design

Step 13: You’re all set!

Now click on the “Share” button in the upper-right corner of the screen and export your mockup in the format you need it.

By Dim Nikov

Editor of Maker's Aid. Part programmer, part marketer. Making things on the web and helping others do the same since the 2000s. Yes, I had Friendster and Myspace.

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