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h3design says

Hello everyone !
Some authors might know that mock-up files often attain huge file sizes due to the use of Smart Objects. As i am creating mock-ups too, i sometimes got into trouble uploading those files with my 2k dsl speed… don´t laugh now :D
So I worked out and searched for techniques to shrink down the file size of the .psd file(s) as much as possible.

I just thought that maybe I am not the only author having this issue and that it would also be nice for the clients to be able to download the products they buy as fast as possible. That´s why i want to share the steps I do to bring down the file size:

1) Bring down the Smart Objects size to a minimum before transforming it etc.

In most cases, the creation of a mock-up starts with a plain rectangle, which gets transformed afterwards. Before you convert the layer into a Smart Object, scale it down til it roughly fits the area it´s supposed to occupy later. Its useless starting with a 2480*3508 px rectangle for a flyer mockup when the flyer will occupy about 1000 pixels in the end only.

2) Delete protruding pixels

Sometimes, if you use some high resolution ressources for examples, there can be parts reaching out of your document´s size and are therefore not visible. But they are still there. To delete those protruding pixels, either use Image/Trim or the Crop tool
If you use the crop tool, just drag a selection over your whole document and confirm with the enter key.

3) Reduce the Content that is saved inside the Smart Objects

Anything you have inside your Smart Object will also affect your mockups size when you save it. Therefore, before preparing the PSDs for uploading, go into the Smart Object´s document and fill it with white or leave it transparent. Then save it, return to your mockup´s document, and save it, too.

4) Hide all pixels

Before saving your final PSD file, it´s also helpful to hide ALL layers of the document. I prefere grouping all layers together, hiding this group and labelling it ”<- make group visible” so that the client easily see´s what to do.
This technique can reduce your file size by over 50% !

5) Archive your files

I think this is self-explained because envato only accepts packed .zip files anyway.

On my studio business card mockup I could shrink the file size from 215mb to 70mb. You see, it´s really worth it and more comfortable for both, authors and buyers.
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LuisFaus says

Thanks for the tips mate, it comes in very handy to know that when saving a file with layers hidden reduces the file size. :)

I give you 5 stars

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TanyDi says

+5 stars from me too …thank you :)

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henryhu says

Advice number 4 really is helpful! I’ve never thought it that way.

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kevinhamil says

I don’t create mockups usually, but as a long time PS user I can say that those are pro tips. Good job and thanks for sharing!

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MikeMoloney says

This is genius, envato should post this on notes!!

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RafaelOliveira says

All the tips are really great :D

I just don’t agree with the first one at all, because due to the excessive transformation, the smart object needs to have a big size in order to keep a good visual quality. Plus we all make files with bleeds included, but they can’t be included on the mock-up image, so I prefer to set the smart object size to the real size like 8.5×11, than I just need to place the actual flyer image, center it, and all the bleeds are cut automatically for me, which I find very convenient and time saver.

Anyway I just my opinion, other people may have different ones.

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enFusionThemes says

Cool! that’s very helpful, specially point 4, never knew that. Thanks for sharing! :)

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krafti says

great information, just checked out point 4, it works… awesome!

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h3design says

thanks for the feedback. nice to hear that it helps some of you ;)

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