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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.
Shadows are probably one of the most critical steps in making your silhouetted image look real. A realistic shadow can help anchor an object to the piece or cause it to look as if it were floating. We will look at two techniques in this series to create shadows; using the existing shadow or creating a shadow from scratch. First of all we want to look at our object and consider how the light is approaching the object. Does the object cast a shadow? Are there any reflections? Or, in this case, with this shot we see that there are no shadows at all, but I can tell that the light is coming from the right-hand side because that's where the highlights are coming in from the object.
So, if I were to create my own shadow, I would have to take into account the natural light source before I create my shadow over on the left. With this shot, I actually do have a little remnant of a shadow, but a common situation is the photographer cropped this. And I actually don't have enough room for the shadow to complete, so it gets cut off on the left edge. So, when I create my own shadow, again, I'm going to utilize part of the original shadow to help guide me in the direction that my new shadow that I'll create is being used. If this object wasn't on a background, again, I would take into consideration the lighting source, which seems to be coming from the upper right, and cast my shadow appropriately to the opposite side.
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