Photoshop 101 Challenge

create your first Photoshop mockup!

( September 24-28. Prize day 10/2! )

make your first mockup in this photoshop 101 challenge by sarahdesign

Scared of Photoshop? Installed it and ran screaming from the room? :-) Never fear, the PS 101 Challenge is here! I’ll show you the ropes from a total newbie perspective and walk you through getting in there and making your first Photoshop mockup.
Photoshop mockups 101 for beginners. You CAN do it!

What you need:

  • Photoshop installed on your computer (there’s a free trial)

  • To be curious and open to trying new things!

  • Willingness to ask me for help if you get stuck - I love helping! (in the Facebook Group or over email)

  • You can do the challenge over email only if you want (let me know so I keep you in the loop for chances at prizes)

How this challenge is a game changer for you:

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  • You’ll create your very first mockup using stock photos – and free starter files from me

  • You’ll learn the minimum Photoshop tools that you need – not the overwhelming ALL of it

  • You’ll be totally comfy inside the PS interface – it won’t look like an alien landscape anymore…oh and you’ll be such a pro you can start calling it “PS” from now on ;-)

  • You’ll feel a growing confidence knowing YOU can use Photoshop

  • You’ll have a chance to win some some amazing gifts and prizes for doing all the days’ assignments

  • You’ll receive an invitation to a special offer at the end, with goodies only challenge peeps (and previous students) get access to

  • You’ll also become a newsletter subscriber with access to my weekly emails for news, tutorials, promotions, coupons, and the code to my Resource Library. Unsubscribe anytime!

How it works:

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  • Sign up for the newsletter/challenge

  • Confirm your subscription and read first email

  • Watch for emails 9/24-28 (there might be some pre-emails to remind you on the 22/23rd)

  • Videos will be delivered to you each day of the challenge via email

  • There will also be a prompt inside the FB Group

  • Do the assigned “homework” each day and report about that in the FB Group – I’ll set up special challenge posts for each day of the challenge for you to comment inside

  • If you participate every day, you get a chance to win some special prizes

  • The final day of the challenge will actually be Tuesday (10/2) of the following week (so you have through 10/1 to do all the activities and be eligible for entry into the prize drawing)

  • There will be a special invitation for you at the end


I’m busy that week, can I still particpate?

Sign up and do the lessons later! You have through Monday 10/1 to catch up and be eligible for the prize drawing. Then after that, videos are available through Friday, 10/5. It won’t be “live” interaction and the prizes will be gone, but you can still get so much value out of the Challenge.

What if I don’t have Photoshop installed?

You do need it to be installed for this challenge. So pop over to to get it for cheap (affiliate link.) I won’t be able to troubleshoot your installation, but it’s very straightforward on the Adobe site.

Do I need any Photoshop experience to do the challenge?

Nope, not a shred! I’ll give you an overview of the program tools and each task clearly explained and is small and totally achievable for complete beginners.

I don’t sell drinkware. Is this challenge still relevant to me?

Absolutely! I’m going to teach you about the Photoshop tools and interface, and how to create a simple mockup by adding text or a cut file to a photo. I have some recommended stock photos to try this on (beer, wineglass) but you can easily do the same process with wood signs, frames, t-shirts, etc. Feel free to use other photos for your assignments and ask for help if you get stuck!

How will I get help / ask questions?

There will be a dedicated post for each day of the challenge, inside the Facebook Group where you will post your assignments and ask me questions if you get stuck. Also feel free to hit reply on the challenge emails with questions too.

How do I join the Facebook Group

Request to join here (answer all the questions, and mention the challenge). If you aren’t on Facebook, you can do all the assignments over email, just hit reply on each day and send me your assignment!