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Processing product shots requires a slightly different set of skills than retouching portraits. But with Photoshop and the techniques shown in this course, you can take raw photos of any product—jewelry or electronics—and turn them into ad-ready images. Follow along with Kevin Stohlmeyer, as he color corrects and retouches photos and then makes them pop off the screen with silhouettes, realistic highlights and shadows, and vibrant color. He also shares a series of Photoshop actions and other automation techniques he uses to speed up his workflow.
Another method that we can automate our shadow creation is by adding our filters and noise to an automatic action. If we're creating a manual shadow, we're still going to have to do the initial drawing and painting of the shadow as you see here. After that, I can automate the rest of the features. First, I want to make sure that I've changed my shadow to a smart object and again, I can do that by right clicking and just converting it to a smart object. Then, I'm going to set up a new action that I'm going to call shadow.
Everything I do now, again, is going to be recorded. So, I'm going to go through the same steps we went to in an earlier movie. By going to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and applying the appropriate Gaussian blur for the overall shadow. And then Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. Again, matching the angle of the highlights and shadows. And finally, adding 2% noise to the overall shadow to make it look a little more realistic, then simply click Stop to finish recording.
Now, if I have the same product shots that are consistent for light and shadow, I don't have to do anything else. I can batch automate all of them at the same time after I've created the initial shadows. However, when I'm faced with a different format for a shadow, in this case, my shadow's going in the opposite direction that my jewelry was, I may need to make a change as the action's running. This change is called a modal control and in this case, I want to stop the action at Motion Blur and change the angle that the blur's happening.
To add a modal control, simply click the grey box to the left of Motion Blur, and that will give me a modal control. Now, on my Shadow Smart object, I'll choose my Shadow action, and hit Play. It will run until it gets to motion blur, then pause. Now I can go through and find my shadow. And change the angle and distance of that shadow and then hit OK, and there's my new shadow. It's added 2% noise, a Gaussian blur, and a new motion blur to accentuate the shadow.
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