How to Replace a Sign for Mockups in Photoshop

Are you tired of using the same old sign in your mockups? Looking for a quick and easy way to replace signs in Photoshop without starting from scratch? Well, look no further! In this blog post, we will guide you through a step-by-step process on how to replace a sign in Photoshop, so you can create realistic and customized mockups that perfectly suit your needs. Whether you’re a graphic designer, a marketer, or simply someone who loves to play around with Photoshop, this tutorial will equip you with the necessary skills to effortlessly swap out signs in your designs. Let’s get started!

How to Replace a Sign for Mockups in Photoshop


Today I’m going to show you how to replace a sign in perspective in Photoshop using the content aware fill and transform tools. This technique is useful when creating mockups or editing photographs with signs that need to be replaced. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Remove the Original Sign

To begin, open the sample image in Photoshop. You can download this image from the website. Use the lasso tool to make a selection around the original letters of the sign. Create a new layer and go to Edit > Content Aware Fill. This feature will use existing areas of the image to fill in the selected area and remove the sign. Click OK to apply the content aware fill. Now, the old sign is gone!

Step 2: Remove the Reflection

Next, create a new layer to work on the reflection. Use the lasso tool to select the reflection area. Apply the content aware fill again to remove the reflection. If needed, use the clone stamp tool to clean up any imperfections. Now, the reflection is removed, and we have a clean canvas to work with.

Step 3: Straighten the Sign

Since the original photograph was taken in perspective, we need to straighten the sign to make it look like a flat, two-dimensional image. Group all the layers we’ve worked on so far and create a new layer. Use the polygonal lasso tool to trace the edges of the sign. Make a selection on each corner by clicking once. If you make a mistake, use the delete key to start over. Once the corners are selected, go to Edit > Fill and fill the selection with white. Deselect the selection.

Step 4: Transform the Sign

Now, we need to transform the shape of the sign back to its original dimensions. Turn on the rulers by pressing Ctrl/Command + R. Create guides to help us determine the shape of the original sign. Select the white shape we created in the previous step and press Ctrl/Command + T for transform. Hold Ctrl/Command and stretch the shape to match the dimensions of the original sign. Flatten out the shape by stretching it further if necessary. Once satisfied with the shape, go to View > Clear Guides to remove the guides.

Step 5: Create a PSD with the New Sign

To proceed, we’ll duplicate the transformed shape into a new PSD file. Right-click on the shape layer, go to Duplicate Layer, and choose New. This will create a new layer and a new document. Find an image of the new sign that you want to replace the original with. Drag and drop this image into the new PSD and resize it if needed. Adjust the opacity if necessary. Use the Select > Color Range feature to select the color of the new sign. Create a new layer and fill the selection with white.

Step 6: Save and Update in Real Time

The transformed shape represents the size and perspective of the original sign. Hold Ctrl/Command and click on the shape to create a selection. Crop the entire PSD to this shape to match the sign’s dimensions. Adjust the image as desired. Finally, save the PSD file by going to File > Save. This is where the magic happens! With the sign.psd file saved, go back to the original image and choose File > Place Linked. Select the sign.psd file and click Place. Adjust the position and perspective of the sign. The best part is that any changes made to the sign.psd file will be automatically updated in real time!


Replacing a sign for mockups in Photoshop is a detailed process, but it can yield impressive results. By following these steps and using tools like content aware fill, transform, and smart objects, you can replace signs seamlessly and make them appear realistic in any perspective. Give it a try and see the difference it makes in your designs!

FAQ – How to Replace a Sign for Mockups in Photoshop

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I replace a sign in a mockup using Photoshop?

To replace a sign in a mockup using Photoshop, follow these steps:

  1. Open the mockup file in Photoshop.
  2. Select the “Sign” layer in the Layers panel.
  3. Double-click on the layer to open the Layer Style window.
  4. In the Layer Style window, select the “Color Overlay” option.
  5. Choose the desired color for the sign or click the color swatch to pick a custom color.
  6. Click “OK” to close the Layer Style window.
  7. Double-click on the layer thumbnail to open the sign file.
  8. Replace the content of the sign with your desired design or text.
  9. Save the changes and close the sign file.
  10. Back in the mockup file, the sign will now display your replaced design.

2. Can I resize the sign after replacing it in Photoshop?

Yes, you can resize the sign after replacing it in Photoshop. Simply select the “Sign” layer in the Layers panel and use the transformation tools (e.g., Free Transform) to resize it as needed.

3. How can I match the perspective of the mockup sign with my design?

To match the perspective of the mockup sign with your design, use the following steps:

  1. Select the “Sign” layer in the Layers panel.
  2. Go to “Edit” > “Transform” > “Perspective”.
  3. Drag the corner handles of the bounding box to match the perspective of the mockup sign.
  4. Press “Enter” or click the checkmark icon to apply the transformation.

4. Are there any other advanced techniques to enhance the realism of the replaced sign?

Yes, here are a few advanced techniques to enhance the realism of the replaced sign:

  • Adjust the opacity and blending modes of the “Sign” layer to blend it seamlessly with the mockup.
  • Add subtle shadows and highlights to the sign for depth using layer styles and brush tools.
  • Apply texture overlays or use the Displacement Map filter to match the surface texture of the mockup.
  • Use advanced selection techniques like masking and refining edges to refine the sign’s edges.

I hope you find useful my article How to Replace a Sign for Mockups in Photoshop, I also recommend you to read my other posts in my blog at this link.

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