How to make a soda can photoshop mockup tutorial

July 17, 2011


In this tutorial we will make a great looking soda can in photoshop. We will create the general shape of the can, apply metalic effect by creating our own custom metal gradient, make gorgeous vector shaped water drops and finally apply some smart layer to transform our soda can in an editable mockup.  Great to present your brand in an innovative and fun way, let's make our awesome soda can. You can download the final result of the soda can mockup here.

Step 1:

Open a new document in Photoshop using the settings below:


Below you can see all the shape elements that we need to create with their layer name and order.


We will start by creating the middle shapes of the can using the Rectangle tool with settings in the top options toolbar:  568 px width and 1124 px height for the first rectangle that we will name Middle 1, then we create another rectangle of the same 568px width  but 1086px height and we call it Middle 2, we order the layers as shown below:


Step 2:

To create the top shape we will work with the Pen Tool in Shape mode to manually draw the left part of the shape like the screenshot below,  we then name the layer Top shape 2.


Then using the tool Path Seleccion we select the created shape > we press and maintain Alt + Left click and drag the object on the same layer, once we have the shape duplicated let’s complete the top shape by reflecting it on the right side Ctrl + T > Reflect > Flip Horizontal and position it as shown below:


Step 3:

Next we are going to create the lip of the can using the Rounded Rectangle Tool with those settings: Radius 5px > Fixed Size > 468px width and 25px height, then we position the shape as shown below, and name it Top shape 1.


Step 4:

For the bottom part of the soda can we will do it the same way than in step 2 of the tutorial,  using the pen tool and drawing it manually.
Then using the Path Seleccion Tool we select the created shape > press and maintain Alt + Left click and drag the object on the same layer, once we have the shape duplicated we reflect it on the right side Ctrl + T > Reflect > Flip Horizontal and position it as shown below:



The final result should look like the screenshot below, like you can see we colored the layers shapes in grayscale from darker to lighter, to be able to distinct all the diferent elements making our soda can.


Step 5:

We are now going to start the light effect to bring life and make our soda can pop up. Let’s select the Middle 1 layer and create the gradient overlay layer style as indicated below:



Although the gradient settings are a handful, once we have created the right effect, we will use it again by saving the gradient settings as a new gradient. Name the new gradient as you wish, then press NEW. You can also save it in your gradient folder by pressing save so that you can use it on new documents.


Step 6:

We continue applying our layer effects by selecting Middle 2 > with setting Fill at 0% and for layer effects we apply the same gradient overlay style selecting the new gradient “Soda” that we created on the previous step.


As you can see in the screenshot below we did make some small adjustments when compared to the original gradient, this is so that when we apply the graphic on our soda can we get a better and more realistic end result, you don’t need to make those adjustment if you don’t care as it will work quite well with the original settings. We are just very detailed driven here.


Step 7:

On layer Top Shape 2 we will apply the following layer style:


Then we create a new layer > Shift + Ctrl +N and call it Top Gradient, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) we create a selection that covers the shape from layer Top Shape 2, selecting the Gradient Tool ,we open the gradient editor by clicking on the gradient preview on the top left of the option toolbar, and select our created  gradient “Soda”. Apply the selected gradient on the whole lenght of the selection as shown below:



Once we applied the gradient press Ctrl + T > Warp and modify the shape manualy following the curves of the layer Top Shape 2, then in blending mode select Overlay and create a clipping mask > Right Click on layer Top Gradient > Create Clipping Mask


Next using the Pen Tool we draw the shape in the following screenshot, we name the layer Light Left, with this we will create some shiny light effect.


Then we select the created layer, select blending mode Overlay and click on Add Layer Mask, you can see in the below screenshot that a layer mask is added on our layer, selecting this mask, we use the Brush Tool with black as color (#00000) masking the zone that we don’t need until achieving the desired effect as shown below.


There is a few diferent way of achieving the same result, however this is the quickest and easiest way to control with precision the desired effect. Use the brush tool taking into account that the brush with black hides the layer and the white zone is what will be shown.

Once we get our light effect right we copy the layer > Right click on layer > Duplicate Layer > then selecting the layer  > press Ctrl + T > Flip Horizontal, and position the new layer as such:


Now with the Rectangle Tool we create a new layer and shape with the folowing settings: Fixed Size > 540px width and 7px height > color # FFFFFF, we name the layer Overlay and obviously set its blending mode to Overlay.


Then Add a Layer Mask on this layer and with the brush tool we work on the mask layer as previously detailed, deleting the zone where the adjacent background is darker as shown below, then we apply some layer style with those settings:


Step 8:

Now we get to work on the Top Shape 1 layer, where we apply those layer styles:



Once applied the main gradient, we get to add some details, select the layer Top Shape 1 and clicking on the vector mask thumbnail maintening Ctrl and Left click, we get an automatic selection of the shape, then we create a new layer  > Shift + Ctrl +N > name it Overlay with blending mode Overlay. Then working on the selection using the Brush Tool > color # FFFFF > Opacity 35% > Size 40px we apply the effect as detailed below:


Step 9:

We now select the Bottom Shape layer and apply those layer styles:



Then we create a new layer and name it Bot Gradient, with the Rectangular Marquee Tool we make a rectangle seelction      that covers the layer, and apply our custom gradient “Soda”.


Then we copy the created layer, position it to cover the bottom part of the shape and adapt the size with Ctrl + T > Scale.


Selecting the first and then the second layer that we just created, we transform them using the Warp Tool  with Ctrl + T > Warp, modifying the curves until achieving a similar shape than the layer Bottom Shape as such:


Once achieved the desired shape we select both layers “Bot gradient and Bot Gradient copy” > Right Click > Merge Layers then we set the new layer formed to Blending mode > Hard Light and create a clipping mask > Right Click > Create Clipping Mask.


Then we create a new layer > Shift + Ctrl + N name it Overlay, selecting blending mode> Overlay > Opacity 70%. On this same layer we select the Brush Tool > color # FFFFFF > Opacity 50 % > Size 40px and draw a new element as such:


Now we select the tool Rectangle and make the folowing settings > Fixed Size > 400px width and 7px height. We name the layer “Ligne Shadow” with blending mode Multiply > 20 % > and Layer Thumbail color # 000000.


We then add a Layer mask, select it and with the Brush Tool > color #000000 we eleminate the right and left zone until achieving an effect as shown below:


Step 10:

Now we are going to create the shadows and reflection of our soda can.
We create a new layer > Shift + Ctrl + N position it right under layer Bottom Shape, and name it Shadow Soda, Using the Elliptical Marquee tool we create a shape similar to the screenshot below, this shape needs to have a width a bit smaller than the bottom part of the soda can, then we fill the seleccion with color # 000000 using the Paint Bucket Tool and set blending mode to Multiply.


Now select on the top menu > Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur > Radius 2,0 px.
And again Filter > Blur > Motion Blur > Angle 0 > Distance 100 px. Then position the shadow layer as such:


We now select the layer Bottom Shape > Right Click > Duplicate Shape , then press Crtl + T  > Flip Vertical. Position the new layer right under the Shadow Soda layer and apply the folowing layer styles:


Add a Layer Mask, select it and with the Brush Tool > color # 000000 eleminate the zones that we highlighted below:


Step 11:

In this step we are going to create the condensation water drops that makes the design so fresh, for this we first create a new layer folder above all layers and name it Water, inside the new folder we create a vector shape with the tool Ellipse and in the options we adjust it to Fixed Size 34px width and 40px height, selecting the layer apply > Fill 0%.


We then add some layer styles as such:


Add a Layer Mask, we are now going to work on our water drop manualy to create a soft transparence, selecting the  Brush Tool > color # 000000 > Opacity 25% > Size 40px, we work on it until achieving this result:


Now with the Pen Tool we create too new shape as in the below screenshot, apply color # FFFFFF on both shapes with Blending mode Overlay > Opacity 75%.


To each layer we Add a Layer Mask using the usual method we brush out the highlighted zone below:


Step 12:

Once we created the water drop, we select all the layers in the folder water  > Right Click > Merge layers, then in Blending mode > Linear Light. This way when we begin to copy the water layer, we will work with fewer layers making the file smaller and easier to work with.
Now we duplicate the water drop layer, as much as we want, making medium and small water drops by resizing the objet (Crt + T). Position them randomly like in the screenshot below.
We recommend to Apply > Linear Light again on the new layers.

TIP> Before merging and rasterizing the water drops layers, you can make a new file and copy the folder water, to have ready to use water drops with their vector shapes and be able to modify size without quality loss.


Step 13:

Now let’s colorize our soda can, we went with a green hue #76B51C , pick yours according to your needs. Create a new layer above layer Middle 1, use the Rectangle Tool to draw a rectangle shape with those settings > Fixed Size 770px width and 1100px height, then name it YOUR DESIGN HERE! (that is where we are going to apply our custom graphic with smart object), now Right Click> Convert to Smart Object.  We will explain later the use of a Smart Object.


Selecting the object press Ctrl + T > Warp and adjust the shape as shown below, then create a Clipping Mask.


Then create a new layer above layer Top Gradient using the Rectangle Tool > Fixed Size 770px width and 120px height, name it YOUR DESIGN HERE TOP, Right Click > Convert to Smart Object.


Press Ctrl + T > Warp and adjust the shape according to layer Top Shape 2, then position the layer on Top Gradient layer to apply it automaticly as a clipping mask like such:


Step 14:

Now select the layer YOUR DESIGN HERE! double click on the layer thumbs > a new file opens corresponding to our Smart object layer, here create your design to apply on the soda can. You can use yours, or if you want download ours to continue the tutorial.

Download our sample 1 smart object mockup design here>>


Once the design is created, save the file with Ctrl + S, and open again our soda can file if you had closed it, you can see that your design adapted itself automatically to the cilinder shape of the soda can with the metalic lights and shadows.

Now we can do the same to our other smart object YOUR DESIGN HERE TOP, double click on thumbnail preview, apply your design and save. You can also use our sample design.

Download our sample 2 smart object mockup design here>>


Step 15:

We have now finished to create our amazing soda can that can be used as a mockup. Now you can apply some background to your design, here we went for a Soft Background that makes our soda can burst through your screen.


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