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Processing Product Photos with Photoshop
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How does light affect your product's shadow?


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Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

with Kevin Stohlmeyer

Video: How does light affect your product's shadow?

Shadows are probably one of the most critical With this shot, I actually do have a little remnant of
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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 39s
    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 33s
    6. Using layer comps for alternative versions
      1m 45s
  8. 19m 10s
    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 52s
    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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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
Subjects:
Photography Retouching
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Kevin Stohlmeyer

How does light affect your product's shadow?

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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