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2.14 How to Customize a Device Mockup in PowerPoint

PowerPoint presentations are great ways to show off software and services to potential users. Even if you just want to show a preview of your website, device mockup templates are the best way to do it. Device mockups are visual representations in the real world of computers, smartphones, and tablets. On which you can feature screenshots of apps and websites. I'm using a stunning prebuilt device mockup theme from Invato Elements called Pitchwork. As you can see, there's a cellphone mockup here with a blank screen. These content placeholders around the sides, will enable me to expand on different features of a website or app. All I need to do is take a screenshot on a smart phone. Once I've done that, I'll copy the image file to my computer. Now, just adding the screenshot image to my slide won't allow me to overlay it on the phone mockup. A little bit of editing will be needed for that. For this, I'll need to jump over to the slide templates download folder. Inside, you'll see this folder called psd device mockup. I'll go ahead and open it up, and you can see sub folders inside for all different types of devices. Tablets, laptops, smartphones and more. For my presentation, I'm working with the smartphone, so I'll go ahead and open that folder. Inside there's this smartphone.psd file, which is an Adobe Photoshop image file. If I have Photoshop installed, I can double-click on the file and Photoshop will launch. Okay, now we've got Photoshop opened up, and in the center window here you'll see a placeholder image turned at a sharp angle. Think back to the smartphone mockup, and you'll realize this image is meant to perfectly overlay the screen. All we need to do is add in our own screenshot. Down here in the lower right, in the layers panel, you'll see two layers stacked. One is the background and the other is labeled double-click here. You'll see arrows pointing at this tiny thumbnail image, go ahead and double click on it. This is called a smart object layer, and by clicking on it, the image place holder will appear in the previous screen as you can see here. Now all I have to do is locate my screenshot on my computer and click and drag it onto the Photoshop window. Click and drag the edges of the screenshot until it completely covers the placeholder. When I've got it right, I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+S on Windows, or Command-S on Mac to save my changes. Then, I'll jump over to the main window here by choosing this tab in the upper left. As you can see, Photoshop has adjusted the screenshot to match the angle of the smartphone mockup screen. It looks great and I can not wait to see it on my slide. Finally, I will go ahead and go through the steps of saving and exporting the image from Photoshop, as you can see me doing here. Now that our screenshot is ready lets go ahead and jump back to the slide. On the mockup screen, note that it says click icon to add picture. This is the image placeholder already built into the mockup. I'll go ahead and click on it and in the browse window that pops up, I'll navigate to where the adjusted screenshot file is stored on my computer. When I find it, I'll go ahead and click to insert it. Boom, that's it. PowerPoint will drop the screenshot right on top of the mockup. As you can see here, it fits perfectly. This is really an awesome tool for showing off your new software, app, website or anything else that runs on a device. Next stop, we'll learn how to copy and paste slides between different PowerPoint templates. Thanks for watching.

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