How To Make A Shirt MockUp In Cricut Design Space

Want to know how to make your own shirt mockups?


If you are selling t-shirts or SVGs on Etsy, then it’s important to know how to create a mock up. You can do this with a variety of different design software programs, but I’m going to show you how to do this in Cricut Design Space.

How To Use Templates To Make A Mock Up


t shirt mock up design space


You can use this same process to create:

  • pillow mock ups
  • kids t-shirt mock ups
  • canvas mock ups
  • mug mock ups
  • And so much more!


Making a mock up in Design Space is a bit different from using Cricut Templates. Templates are for conceptualizing a finished project, whereas a mock up uses an image and is an end in itself.


You can really use whatever background template you have to make a mock up for your products. I have seen more unusual things like napkins templates, yoga mat templates, and so much more.


What Is A Mock Up?


Before we go any further, let me just explain a little more about what mock ups are, and what they can be used for.


A mock up is a photo representation of what a final product will look like. It can be a styled photo with props which provides a background for designs and logos. They are used for promotion and demonstration purposes.


What is a mock up used for?

  • Displaying SVGs (and other cut files) and designs or logos by giving an example of how the finished design would look on different items
  • Ecommerce websites displaying products and designs which are available for purchase – for example, to show what a t-shirt would look like without having to make it first
  • Proof of concept for testing designs with your market and seeing which ones garner interest
  • Providing clients with a visualization of the finished product a service can provide them with
  • Visualizing your own personal craft projects to make sure they will look good before you make them


Where To Get Images For Mock Ups


boy t shirt template for mock up Before I show you how to make mock ups with Cricut Design Space, you’ll need a mock up photo and design for yourself. You can either style and create your own mock up photo with props, or you can purchase one from a number of graphic design websites.


These are some of the best websites for mock up templates. Just search for whatever type of template you need (eg. t-shirt mock up):


Free Shirt Mock Ups


Many of the sites listed above also have free t-shirt templates for mock ups. While the paid mock ups are not expensive, it’s always nice to check out the freebies as well!


Some awesome free mock ups:


Mock Ups For Personal Projects


If you would like to create a mock up image for personal use (i.e. you just want to be able to visualize how your craft project would turn out), then Google images is your friend.


Google the item you are using for your project (gray t-shirt, white throw pillow, blue baby onesie, etc), and save the image to your computer. Upload the image and SVG files to Design Space, put them together, and see how the finished product would look.


This is for personal projects only though – you can’t just take any photos from Google! If you are using your mock up for business purposes, you will need to get one that comes with a commercial licence, or make your own.


Mock Ups For Commercial Use


If you are using your mock up for commercial purposes, you will need to make sure you have the commercial license for both your mock up photo and your design. Make sure you check, whether you have either bought the template, or downloaded it for free.


If you have created the mock up and the design yourself, then this won’t be an issue.


How To Create A Mock Up In Cricut Design Space


Let’s get into actually creating a t-shirt mock up.


Once you have settled on a mock up image and design, you will need to download these files to your computer and un-zip them before you can upload them to Design Space. Now you are all ready to go!


I’ll show you step-by-step how you can create your own mock ups in Cricut Design Space. For this tutorial I’m going to use this pink t-shirt mock up and this ‘There’s always time for coffee’ SVG, both from Creative Fabrica.


1. Open a new project in Cricut Design Space and click upload on the left hand side. Next, click upload image.


how to move cricut design to shirt template


2. Click browse.


how to move cricut design to shirt template


3. Find your mock up photo which you have previously saved to your computer and click open.


polo shirt mock up


4. Select complex for image type. You want all the detail in the image to remain exactly how it is.


long sleeve t shirt mock up


5. When you get to this next window you don’t need to erase anything or clean up your image at all. Just click continue to go on to the next step.


kids t shirt mock up


6. Select to save your image as a print-then-cut image (the left option). Otherwise it will save as a black square! Write the image name and some tags, which will help you find your image when searching for it at a later date.


It will likely take a few minutes for it to save since it’s a big file, so don’t worry that’s normal.


polo shirt mock up free


7. Now your mock up photo has finished uploading. Click upload image again to upload your SVG design.


make mock ups for etsy stores


8. Click browse, find your SVG or your design file on your computer and open it.


put SVGs on shirt image


9. Write a name for your design and add some tags which describe it. Click save.


how to set up an etsy SVG store


10. Now your design has uploaded. Select both the mock up photo and your SVG and insert them into your new project.


Cool things in Design space


11. Your mock up photo and design will appear on the canvas. If your mock up photo appears really large, you can zoom out by holding down ctrl and – on your keyboard (for windows) or by clicking the – button on the canvas.


mockup world


12. Once zoomed out, resize your photo so that it is much smaller, and then zoom back in.


hoodie template mock up


13. Position your design so that it looks natural on the shirt, frame, mug or whatever type of background you are using. Rotate it so that it is at the same angle as the shirt or prop. If you would like to change any of the colors of your design, you can do this by selecting the parts of the design in the layers panel (on the right hand side).


how to make shirt mock ups


14. When your design is in place, select both the design and the photo (click select all, or hold down ctrl on your keyboard while clicking both) and click flatten. This will remove the cut lines from your SVG, giving it thinner lines and a nicer look on the t-shirt. This will also make your design and photo one image so you can now move it around and resize it as one piece.


You can also add a watermark to your mock up if you have one (to stop others from stealing it). If you like to add your watermarks in a different software, you can do this later on.


blank t shirt images


15. Next, click off from your photo so that it is not selected. Make sure your entire mock up photo is visible and take a screenshot of your screen.


With a Mac: press shift, command and 4 and drag the box over the image to capture a photo of it. Your screenshot will appear on your desktop.


With Windows: Use the snipping tool to capture a screenshot of your mockup. Go to your Start menu, search for ‘snipping tool’ and open the app. Once it is open, click ‘new’, drag a box over your mockup and your screenshot will open in a new window. Save it to your computer.


All done!


blank shirt images for SVG mock ups


And that’s all there is to it!


As I mentioned above, you can use these templates to display cut files that you have created, or use it to show what t-shirts you can make on demand.


When the order comes in, get out your Cricut cutting machine, turn on the heat press, and make it. There’s no need to make t-shirts before they’ve been ordered, especially if you are just starting out! T-shirt business has plenty of fun shortcuts like this, thankfully.


Thanks for reading. Leave any comments or questions down below, and I’ll get back to you asap!


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