Make your portfolio images look amazing for less
When it comes to presenting projects, don't settle for flat artwork. Whether it's a range of branding collateral, a brochure, a website, or an app design, mocking it up in situ makes a huge difference.
So read on for our guide to the best images to use for five common portfolio tasks, complete with top recommendations from iStock by Getty Images.
Individual images of the different components is one way, but a single hero image that pulls everything together is much more effective.
There are many premium stock images available that could work as a hero image across common brand applications. Once you choose one, you just need to mock up your final designs onto blank templates. And, if you have an additional design that’s more unusual or bespoke, you might want to show it off separately.
Just mock up screengrabs onto the different screens, placing particular emphasis on pages of the website that scale most noticeably.
Posters and billboards
Digital ads may just need an in-situ screengrab, but if you've designed something tangible—whether it's an A1 poster, or a 96-sheet billboard—make the effort to give it some context.
There are many premium stock images available that show blank advertising hoardings, or posters in interesting looking studio settings.
It's much more engaging than just showing the flat artwork, without the time, cost, and hassle of scouting an actual location.
Screengrabs and icons are all very well on the App Store or Google Play, but if you're featuring an app design in your portfolio, make the extra effort to mock it up it on a phone.
Best of all, there are plenty of premium stock images available that show multiple devices in one shot – such as the one above.
Brochures and annual reports
Although brochures, annual reports, and other printed materials are standard in the design industry, that doesn’t mean they have to look bland—think outside the box, and try to make them look as visually appealing as possible.
Best of all, they are likely to conform to a standard size and aspect ratio, such as A4—meaning you're spoiled for choice when it comes to premium stock images on which to mock up your design.
You should include a stylish shot of your cover and place it in an environment where it can take centre stage. Also, take the time to create some particularly engaging internal spreads to show off your ability to mock up consistent, on-brand designs.
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