Designers are weak for others’ good design. (That might explain why I have a whole hard drive full of design resources that I haven’t gotten the chance to use!) Some things are just too good to pass up, especially if you might need to use them in a client project or your own portfolio to showcase your work. Like these shadow scene creators 🙂
Taken from an Instagram trend, this look continues to infuse all designs: dramatic light vs shadows, a soft reminder of the real world in our digital age. Shadow mockups aim to enhance our online experience with a more tactile approach. You can feel the soft breeze and image the sunlight coming through a window as you look at your new designs. Most mockups also utilize smart objects so that it’s easy to insert your designs in these beautiful settings.
This trend has been around for quite some time now and it’s been done and rehashed in several different forms, from stationery to device mockups and back again. Here, I’ve sorted through the crop and picked out 10 of the best shadow scene creators for different uses. I’m sure you’ll find something here to use in your next project!
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Summer Sunlight Mockups
Tabita’s Shop is the creator of this ultra-chic mockup kit which features crisp sunlight pouring through crystal stemware, casting long shadows onto business cards and figs and pears. Think of a very French, very studio-like aesthetic. And while this collection is labeled “Summer Sunlight”, I see it more as a fall and winter aesthetic. Either way, your work can only look beautiful when presented with this mockup kit.
Garment Hangtag Mockups
Why not extend the shadow trend to your hangtag and label designs? Fashionable clothing brands will love the look of this shadow garment hang tag mockup creator. With several different shapes of hang tags, delicate shadows, and natural backgrounds, this mockup set will help you create a timeless look for refined brands.
Branding Mockup Bundle
If you want a mockup bundle and you missed out on the latest Design Cuts bundle, you might like Harmonais Visuels’ branding mockup bundles. They currently have two volumes of their most popular device and stationery mockups including natural backgrounds and shadow overlays. If you’re a web designer, you should also try out their digital device mockups, available for either Canva or Photoshop. Just be sure you read the instructions on how to edit the Canva mockups because some layers are locked and you have to move objects around to properly insert your photos.
Realistic Mood Board Mockups
While many realistic mood board scene creators have followed suit, this collection by Willam Hansen was one of the originals. Known for its quality minimal designs, this shop is always a leader in setting trends. Get this set for a variety of objects, wall surfaces, and realistic shadows. If you want more variety, you can also see some of these mood wall mockups by Duet Atelier and this amazing mood board mockup kit by Ruben Stom.
iPad Pro Shadow Scene Creator
Need more iPads to display your drawings? This iPad Pro scene creator prominently features an Apple Pencil in all the shots, so you can be sure that people take notice of your hand-drawn work. You can find other iPads in some of the other device mockups and scene creators listed in this post, but this set makes the iPad most prominent.
Altea Magazine Mockup
Altea is a magazine mockup creator with a beautiful magazine cover and interior spread mockup scenes. It’s very simple but, in true Moyo fashion, Altea is a high-quality product for creating an upscale, minimal presence through your imagery. From stationery to digital devices, to silky home interior scenes, Moyo is probably the best resource for creating such a look. You can also purchase Altea as part of Moyo’s Designer Bundle, which is a collection of 5 of their essential device and stationery mockups.
Wild Shadow Overlay Bundle for Procreate
Do you like making your own shadow mockups… in Procreate? While it’s easy to create the shadow effect for yourself with a few strokes and effects, it’s a little cumbersome to re-create them for every project. This time-saving bundle of Procreate shadow stamps is just what you need, then. Procreate is one of my favorite design tools, and I think this tool would be a great asset for anyone who uses it frequently as part of the design workflow.
Animated Organic Palm Leaf Shadows
If you’re in it for the shadows, add some life to your work with these animated shadow overlays. Made by Ana and Yvy, who is pioneering the stylish animated overlays and intros for creators, these organic leaf shadows sway and move in the wind so your artwork will stop people from scrolling. These animations are compatible with Photoshop and After Effects, and you can watch her tutorials to learn how to use them. For a similar product, also see the animated Shadow and Light Creator.
Mesa Carousel Instagram Posts
Admittedly, it was really difficult to pick just one shadow scene creator for Instagram because that’s where the trend started. So I quickly settled on this moodboard carousel from Sparrow and Snow, who have too many great social media and newsletter templates to count. This particular product incorporates a lot of different looks: from pinned contact sheets to buleetin boards and tile backdrops. I don’t think you’ll be dissapointed!
Louve Stationery Mockup Scene Creator
The Louve Stationery Mockup scene creator is one of the first of its kind, helping make this trend imminently popular. Created by the talented October November, this stationery set includes simple layouts against striking background colors. The Louve mockup creator is timeless and elegant and never goes out of style.
Wrapping it Up
And that’s a wrap for this list! Because the shadow trend is still so popular, there’s no shortage of scene creators. You can take your pick from the ones featured above, or visit my two favorite design marketplaces to find something unique to your projects.
Using any of these beautiful shadow and light mockup kits will help you showcase your work in the best way possible.