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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.
Color correcting a file is a fundamental process in retouching your product shots. This section will show you how to use industry-standard color correction techniques in RGB Color Mode to create the final CMKY image for print. We will also explore the benefits of using Adjustment layers in your files. Taking a look at this file stack RAW, this is starting out in an RGB color space, captured straight from the camera. Looking at this, the colors look fine, but I'm not sure how this will look inside of my CMYK color space. Remember, an RGB color space is a much wider, more deep color space that we have compared to CMYK.
So if I don't adjust for this ahead of time, what may happen is when I go to my final CMYK document, I may end up with a much flatter looking file. The colors will dull and the overall image will just look flat. A couple of things that I can do right now is I can preview this using View > Proof Colors. And preview this in CMYK mode to see if there's any issues going through. And over all it looks pretty good. The other thing that I can do is I can go through and look using Gamut Warning under View > Gamut Warning. And any areas that are outside of the CMYK color spectrum are going to show up with a gray overlay.
So I can see here that I do have a couple issues that I'm going to have to address later on.
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