Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

Cleaning up your selection


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Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

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Video: Cleaning up your selection

Now that I have my initial selection, you can see if I zoom in a little bit that it's still kind of rough. I don't have all my detailed areas, and I have a lot of cleanup to do along the fringes. So there are two methods that I can try and utilize to clean this up. The first method is using an option called Refine Edge. You can find this when you have a Selection tool activated up in your control panel, or in the Select menu under Refine Edge. When I activate this, Refine Edge allows me to go around and clean up my edges using Edge Detection.
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  1. 1m 17s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 6m 41s
    1. Getting started
      50s
    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
      19s
    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
      17s
    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?
      45s
    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
      29s

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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
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Kevin Stohlmeyer

Cleaning up your selection

Now that I have my initial selection, you can see if I zoom in a little bit that it's still kind of rough. I don't have all my detailed areas, and I have a lot of cleanup to do along the fringes. So there are two methods that I can try and utilize to clean this up. The first method is using an option called Refine Edge. You can find this when you have a Selection tool activated up in your control panel, or in the Select menu under Refine Edge. When I activate this, Refine Edge allows me to go around and clean up my edges using Edge Detection.

To activate simply turn on Smart Radius and increase the Radius. As you do that, you can see the selection will grow and start to include some of those detailed fringed areas. Any transitional areas where it's having a hard time finding the fringe, I have two tools that I can utilize. The Refine Radius tool and the Erase Refinements tool. Using the Refine Radius tool I can actually increase the radius so it will pick out more detail as it goes along. The Erase Refinements tool is helpful if I have any areas where it's taking too much information and starting to pull out too much of the fringe.

After I'm done, another great feature that comes along for the ride is, under the Output, Decontaminate Colors. I can check this and increase the decontaminate to try and clean up the fringed edges if there's any color residuals. The other option that I have after I've got the selection cleaned up, is I can go in and I can also use a feature called Quick Mask. Now, Quick Mask is a little older feature. And what it allows me to do is when I click on Quick Mask at the bottom of my toolbar, or the keyboard shortcut is the letter Q.

It will take me into a mode that shows me my selected area as transparent and anything that's not selected is red. This is an old darkroom technique called Rubylith. This may have been helpful in the past when we were using this in actual print paper and masking that way, but in the digital age this is actually a little confusing. So what I like to do is double-click on the Quick Mask button at the bottom of your toolbar. And switch the Color Indicates from Masked Areas to Selected Areas. What that will do is that will allow me to see whatever's selected in the color, instead of the opposite.

This is also where I can go and change my color from red to any other corresponding color. The main thing to remember is you want contrast. So, while red won't work on strawberries, blue would be a really good contrasting color. So you can switch that simply by clicking on the icon there. I'm going to hit OK, and go back into Quick Mask. And now what I have is a setup, where I can go in with any paintbrush that I wish, and paint with black to add to my selected area. And, change it to white to delete, so using my bracket keys left and right, I can adjust my brush size.

And take my paintbrush and simply start to paint in any transitional areas that may have been left out. If I go too far, just like with my regular layer masks, I can just hit X or the flip to flip back to white and erase it out.

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