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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.
Many times you'll find yourself retouching a product that's not the final piece, or may be a prototype, which requires you to go through and change the colors for the product to match the final piece. In this case, I have a pink bottle over on the left hand side that I found out is not going to be the actual color of the final product. So I'm going to use one of two methods to change the color of the product. Adjustment layers or using a solid color layer on a blend mode. To start I need to have a selection of this bottle. I have a selection already created in this document that you can access by going to select, load selection, and choosing the pink bottle channel.
Hit OK and we have our selection. So the first method is using hue, saturation as an adjustment layer. Simply go to your adjustments and click hue, saturation. And the selection will automatically mask the bottle. I can now go through and just adjust the hue to whatever color I've been told that this is going to be. In this case, I'll use a blue. Now hue saturation content to make this look a little more neon or highly intensive saturation. So what I'm going to do is lower my saturation, and maybe even lower the lightness a little bit to make this look a little more grounded in the document instead of overly bright and saturated.
And this looks pretty good. Now the second method I use is a solid color layer. So I'm going to trash the hue, saturation layer and just create a blank empty layer to start with. Then up above I'm going to choose a color from my swatches panel. And in this case I'll use a green. Then, use Edit, Fill, and the use is set to foreground, to fill your layer with this color. Finally, I'm going to go to Select and load my selection back up. Make sure you choose the correct channel, which is pink bottle instead of layer one transparency, and hit OK.
Click your layer mask button to mask the layer and now we'll use the layer blending modes to change the color. We'll start by taking a look at the very bottom at color. And color looks pretty good but color overly saturates the image. It adds color to the highlight and shadows and really doesn't look all that realistic compared to the rest of the shot. What I prefer to use. Is hue. And the hue blend mode actually goes in and you can see it matches the color for the bottle, the fluid inside, and the cap. And this looks very realistic.
So one of those two options will allow you to change your product color and match exactly what you need for your final results.
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