Processing Product Photos with Photoshop
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Cleaning up your image with healing tools


Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

with Kevin Stohlmeyer

Video: Cleaning up your image with healing tools

Areas of detail may require you to edit your The healing tools that I'm going to be using are the The healing brush tool set ups are exactly the same as the spot tool.
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  1. 1m 17s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 6m 41s
    1. Getting started
    2. Starting with the right photograph
      1m 55s
    3. Utilizing colored or white backgrounds in Photoshop
      1m 28s
    4. Setting up your tablet for detail work
      2m 28s
  3. 12m 37s
    1. Using RGB vs. CMYK color spaces
      1m 17s
    2. Using adjustment layers vs. the Adjustment menu
      2m 4s
    3. Adjusting exposure in Photoshop
      3m 47s
    4. Easy color adjustments using the two-pass method
      2m 59s
    5. Removing color casts from backgrounds
      2m 30s
  4. 16m 31s
    1. Retouching overview
    2. Setting up your file for nondestructive editing in Photoshop
      1m 26s
    3. Using filters to remove dust and scratches
      2m 58s
    4. Cleaning up your image with healing tools
      3m 49s
    5. Utilizing the Clone Stamp tool to its fullest potential
      2m 20s
    6. Understanding the Clone Source panel
      2m 48s
    7. Using the Content-Aware Patch and Spot Healing tools
      2m 51s
  5. 12m 40s
    1. When do you use a mask or a path?
      1m 15s
    2. Creating an accurate path using the Pen tool
      2m 51s
    3. Saving your work path and creating a clipping path
      1m 56s
    4. Making an initial selection with selection tools
      2m 14s
    5. Cleaning up your selection
      3m 3s
    6. Creating a layer mask from a selection
      1m 21s
  6. 10m 58s
    1. How does light affect your product's shadow?
      1m 17s
    2. Using the original source to create a shadow
      1m 51s
    3. Creating your own shadow using brushes
      2m 54s
    4. Adding realism to your shadow with filters
      2m 54s
    5. Using blending modes to add your shadow to the background
      2m 2s
  7. 10m 40s
    1. Enhancing the product
    2. Adding product labels with vector art
      1m 29s
    3. Transforming the label
      1m 48s
    4. Adding realistic highlights
      2m 47s
    5. Replacing product colors with adjustment layers
      2m 34s
    6. Using layer comps for alternative versions
      1m 45s
  8. 19m 11s
    1. What are ideal files for automation?
    2. How to create an action in Photoshop
      2m 5s
    3. The batch-automation process
      2m 25s
    4. Automating color correction
      1m 27s
    5. Automating shadow creation
      2m 14s
    6. Automating image sizes for print and the web
      1m 49s
    7. Using conditional actions in Photoshop
      2m 53s
    8. Outputting your file to multiple formats
      1m 31s
    9. Adding metadata using templates in Adobe Bridge
      1m 15s
    10. Batch renaming files using Adobe Bridge
      2m 47s
  9. 29s
    1. Next steps

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Watch the Online Video Course Processing Product Photos with Photoshop
1h 31m Intermediate Apr 29, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • Selecting the right product shot for post-processing
  • Using a tablet for detail work
  • Adjusting exposure
  • Correcting color cast
  • Removing dust and scratches
  • Retouching a product shot with the Healing tools
  • Creating silhouettes with layer masks and clipping paths
  • Adding shadows and highlights
  • Replacing product colors
  • Automating parts of your workflow
Kevin Stohlmeyer

Cleaning up your image with healing tools

Areas of detail may require you to edit your image manually using healing tools or the clone stamp tool. This movie will give you a refresher on when to use each of the healing tools. So here we have a shot of four shirts that overall looks pretty good, but if I were to zoom in and look at details, you'll notice that there are some dust and scratches on the shirt from the fabric. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to use my healing tools to go through and achieve. A good repair without losing detail. The healing tools that I'm going to be using are the Spot Healing Tool, the Healing Brush and the Patch Tool.

We're going to start with the Spot Healing Brush. First, I need to go through my setup in the Control Panel. Starting on my Brush size, I want to change my hardness to 50%. Not 100% as the default is set to. 50% will allow this to blend in with the naturally occurring texture around my repair and blend it more effectively. Now you may be thinking that 50% is good, zero may be even better. The problem with setting a hard disc to zero is that it actually dilutes the effect and requires you to repeat over and over to achieve results.

50% is the good sweet spot. Hit Enter Return to accept. Up above, I also have three types of settings for my spot healing tool. The are, Content Aware, Create Texture, and Proximity Match. I want to use Proximity Match on here, as it will blend local tone and texture based on my brush location. Content aware which is the default setting for Photoshop CC, will take and use the content aware features of Photoshop, which is evaluating your picture for naturally recurring patterns.

When I go to repair using the healing brush tool or the spot healing tool, the content aware feature will actually go in and choose for me, a naturally recurring pattern. And in some cases, it's not the best choice, so I want to use proximity match. I want to choose a brush size that's just slightly larger than my original flaw. In this case, I'm going to be utilizing a 10 pixel brush. Center it over top of the flaw. Click and release. And it appears to seamlessly remove it. However, what's really happening is, as I click, if I hang on this, you'll notice a black spot in the middle of the brush.

That's the repair area. Around the outside of that black circle it will record tone and texture and blend in locally, giving me a seamless repair. Now that's great for little spots and specks, but in larger areas like this piece of fabric or string I'm going to switch up to my healing brush tool. The healing brush tool set ups are exactly the same as the spot tool. My hardness is set to 50% and I'm going to go through and work on the repair. Now, if I want to work non-destructively with this, all I have to do is duplicate a blank layer over my layer panel.

And I'll name this retouch. And for my sample I'm going to change it to current and below. And what that's going to allow me to do is add the retouch tool to a blank layer. To achieve this I'm going to hold down the Alt or Opt key, choose an area of clean texture by clicking and releasing on your mouse. Then, coming down and matching the preview I can paint over the top of my flaw and it blends in perfectly. Now that's great for larger areas, but some areas are so large that it requires another step up. And this when I'll switch to my patch tool. Now, my patch tool requires me to work on an image area.

It won't work on a blank layer. So I'm going to duplicate my background. And I'm going to name this later patch. It's a selection tool. So I'm going to select this just as if I were using the lasso tool and select this wrinkle here. Using the source setting, I can drag this area over into a clean area of texture and match up the fibers and when I release, it will blend seamlessly removing the flaw.

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