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How to Batch Replace Multiple Smart Objects in Photoshop | Smart Object Mockups Automation

the most detailed and easy to follow tutorial on How to Batch Replace Multiple Smart Objects in Photoshop | Smart Object Mockups Automation

Shohidur Rahman
August 11, 2023

The lesson you all have been waiting for is finally here. In this tutorial we will teach you how you can batch replace multiple smart objects in Photoshop.

In this tutorial we will show you how to do it in a wall art mockup template with three smart object layers using fifteen designs. You can do the same thing for fifteen thousand designs on any mockup template with any number of smart object layers.

checkout our previous article on how to batch replace smart object layer in photoshop (1 smart object with different aspect ration)

If you’re a visual learner, we recommend you watch the video made by our creator Vikash Kumar Prajapati on our Youtube channel.

Batch replacing multiple smart object layer video tutorial on our YouTube channel

But if you’re like me, who likes it better in writing, follow along this article and let me show you the ropes.

First Thing First – Batch Replacing Multiple Smart Object Layers Prep Work

Now, if you’ve ever used our software, you know our main goal is simplifying demanding mockup tasks with minimal effort.

So to do that, first we need some prep work from our side so BulkMockup can do its magic while we sit back and enjoy the show.

Naming Convention for Batch Replacing Multiple Smart Object Layers

In this example, we will be using this mockup template with three smart object layers.

mockup template with three smart object layers

This is a random template and you can use any mockup template with any number of smart object layers with the following process.

If we look at the right panel of Photoshop, we can see the smart object layers are named simply as “Art 1”, “Art 2” and “Art 3”.

naming convention of the smart object layers

You can use any name that you want with all but one smart object layer name which is going to be our root folder.

For BulkMockup to work, you need one root smart object layer named “@design”. You can change the name of any smart object layer and go to the next step.

naming convention of the ROOT smart object layers

Folder and Sub Folder Naming Convention for Batch Replacing Multiple Smart Object Layers

In this example, we have 15 designs for 3 smart object layers. 

So we have to put all the designs inside one folder first and then make two sub folders to separate them into three parts.

Subfolder names MUST match the smart object layer names of your PSD files.

In our template, we had the name “Art 2”, “Art 3” and “@design” as our smart object layers. So we have to name the subfolders as exactly “Art 2” and “Art 3” and put 5 designs each inside them.

folder, subfolder creation and naming convention

It looks like this for our example but you can name it any way you named the smart object layers in your PSD file.

Only the “@design” layer is constant and we need it for Bulkmockup to work.

Second Part – Configuring BulkMockup 

After all the previous prep work is done, now you’re ready to configure BulkMockup to work its magic.

Bulkmockup main window

On the BulkMockup Main window-

  1. First choose the PSD template folder that you wish to work on.
  1. Second, choose the design file folder that we have just created in the first step.
  1. Third, click “Process Multiple Smart Objects” and Bulkmockup will identify and recognize the subfolders on its own. We don’t have to do that manually.

And our work here is done folks.

Just click on the “START GENERATING” button and sit back, take a break and let BulkMockup do the rest for you automatically.

How The Batch Replacing Multiple Smart Object Layers Work 

Our work has been already done but we will explain the process a bit more so you can do this for different templates and with different numbers of designs.

Bulkmockup works in Ascending order so the process goes like this.

  • First, it will identify the first design in the main folder and pair it with the first designs of your two subfolders.
  • If the number of designs is evenly distributed like our example where root folder and subfolders have 5 designs each, it will keep doing the same for 2nd, third, fourth and fifth designs.
  • If the number of designs is not evenly distributed, let’s say, the 2nd folder has 2 designs instead of five, Bulkmockup will pair the first designs in all the folders, than it will use the second design to pair it with the second, third, forth, fifth designs of the other folders.
  • If any subfolder is empty, Bulkmockup will simply ignore that folder.
  • The number of mockups generated depends on the number of designs you put on the main folder. 

If you have five designs there, Bulkmockup will generate five mockup templates. If you have 100 designs in the main folder, Bulkmockup will create 100 mockups pairing the designs of the subfolders in an Ascending order.

Wrapping it All Up

We made the process so easy that even children can use BulkMockup and become a mockup generating beast in 5 minutes.

Still, if you find any of the steps a bit confusing or think a process can be done in a better way, we are always open to suggestions and constructive critique.

You can leave a comment here, our Youtube channel or simply email us at [email protected]

Shohidur Rahman
Hey, I’m Shohidur, the content guy behind Bulk Mockup. In the past, I ran a print on demand tshirt store, where I learned the nitty gritty of the industry. Being in the industry for 7 years I understand the challenges faced by print on demand entrepreneurs of now. My main goal is to help print on demand sellers through the content I produce for Bulk Mockup.

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