No 3D Program? No Problem! A Brief Look into Pharmaceutical Packaging Mockups


I wanted to re-create a packaging design in 3D but hit a wall when I…well…I don’t have a 3D program to do it.

One of my first introductions to 3D was during my graduate years at UIC’s Biomedical Visualization program. As part of our 3D modeling class, we had to re-create a Prilosec box in 3Ds Max. Unfortunately I’ve *cough* lost that render so I can’t show you how *cough cough* marvelous it was.

Quite recently I wanted to do something similar, but the fact that I don’t have access to a 3D program made me look elsewhere for possibilities.

I went back and tried out a packaging mockup in Photoshop–ahhh good ol’ Photoshop–it’s always good to know that I can count on you, old friend.


For my own purposes for a design showcase this could work. The downside (in comparison to having it done in 3D) is that I’m limited to only one view and would need to re-create different perspectives to give some variety. Though, as I type, if I had to to more than one viewpoint (which is something I would definitely do if showing this design to a client), I’d allocate some production time into doing just that. Really it’s just a matter of sitting down and doing it.

Anyway, I’ve kept my layers in Photoshop pretty clean and simple to allow me to adjust background and packaging colours.



Thanks for looking!