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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.
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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