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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.
After you have your selection cleaned up and created now it's time to create a Layer Mask so that we can isolate this for either silhouetting or using an Adjustment layer. If you had used the Refined Edge command to clean up down below in the output section is a output two option that actually allows you to create a new layer with a layer mask automatically. Simply select that and hit OK and you'll have a brand new layer with just a Layer Mask attached. If you didn't have that option selected and you used QuickMask or another feature, all we have to do is duplicate the layer first, again preserving the original for non-destructive use I'm going to grab background, drag it to the new Layer Icon to create Background copy.
And simply click the Layer Mask button to create a Layer Mask. At any time if I need to adjust this, say I didn't do enough in the Refine Edge Command and I want to go back and fix this, I actually don't have that option any-more after I create a Layer Mask. So instead double click on the Layer Mask in the Layers panel and the properties panel will show up showing you the Mask properties. I can then go into Mask Edge and I have all of my Refine Edge commands now applied to the Mask. So I can go through and do my Decontaminate Colors, my Smart Radius, and even adjust the Edge, to shift the Edge and constrict it, or expand it, if needed.
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