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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.
After you've completed labeling and enhancing your product, you may want to go through and show your client various options or versions of your products. To do this, if we have one or two labels it's simple enough to go through and turn the layers on and off to show different options, but when we have a complex series of layers, in this case, highlights, shadows, levels, we have an alternate version of the label. It's a lot to remember which versions we want to use. So, Photoshop has a built in feature called layer comps.
Layer comps will allow us to record our layer visibility and change it as needed. To access this, we're going to go to Window>Layer Comps. And inside of layer comps all I have to do is, over in my layers panel, show the visibility of the layers that I want to use. To record, click the New Layer Comp button at the bottom of the layer comps panel, and name your layer comp appropriately. So, this is label version one. Layer comps allow me to record the visibility. Position if I've moved the x, y coordinates.
Or if I've added an Appearance or Layer Style to the layers. I can even put in a comment for the client to view. Next, I'm going to create a second version where I change the color. I have a hue saturation layer that I've added. Then, I'm going to record again. And this is Version two. To change these all I have to do is click the icon to the left to change my layer comps. Should I need to edit this, for instance, I go in and add another version or change my levels or delete my levels. All I have to do is go back to my label version.
And click the Refresh button to re-record or update the layer count.
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