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Processing Product Photos with Photoshop
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Removing color casts from backgrounds


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Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

with Kevin Stohlmeyer

Video: Removing color casts from backgrounds

If you plan to remove your subject from a colored background, The process was using the black and white adjustment layer up As I adjust my slider, if I go to the right, I'll lighten the adjustment.
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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

Removing color casts from backgrounds

If you plan to remove your subject from a colored background, you'll inevitably have to deal with color cast from the background. Here we can see a reflective piece of jewelery shot on a red background. If I turn on a white background to show the initial clipped image, you can see a definite remnant of the red background. However, using an adjustment layer like black and white or hue saturation, you can lessen or completely remove the color cast. In the Working Exercise file you'll see a layer called Finish, where you can see the final results. And this is achieved using a black and white adjustment layer.

The process was using the black and white adjustment layer up above, in my adjustments panel, to add a black and white adjustment. The reason that I like using this with color cast is I can specifically target a colored background using the sliders in the black and white adjustments, in this case, red. As I adjust my slider, if I go to the right, I'll lighten the adjustment. You can see it kind of blows out the red. If I go too far to the left, you'll see a definite outline showing up of the red outline. What I want to try and do is match the tonal value of the jewelry as close as possible by adjusting this red slider.

And when I achieve that, one of the benefits, again, working non-destructively, is I have a layer mask. Now, if I did not click the jewelry, what I can do is just manually go in and erase out the areas that I need to blend in. But in this case, I do have a layer mask from my other layer. All I have to do is duplicate the layer mask by holding down Alt or Option, and dragging up to my adjustment layer for black and white. When I release, it asks if I want to replace the layer mask. I'll say Yes and there I have the adjusted image.

Now, I can't leave it like this, because obviously I'm missing a lot of color from the rest of the jewellery. I have a nice jewel down below and I have some gold embellishment going on down here. What I am going to do is I am going to go back to my black and white adjustment in using my Wacom stylus, I'm going to take a lower opacity setting. And erase out the areas to blend in the jewelry color, evaluating as I go along where that color needs to be. If I go too far out into the red and I start to see red showing up in a reflection, all I have to do is click the flip or the X key to flip back between black and white And blend it back out.

After I'm completed, this is the final result. I have a nice blend of the jewelry going on here, and I don't have any red color cast going along the rest of my jewelry piece.

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