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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.
Even with the advent of healing tools. Sometimes the best results can be achieved using the Clone Stamp Tool. Especially when we're talking about areas of small details, with not a lot of resources to work with. So, in this case, I'm looking at the collar of the blue shirt. And the tag on the collar has these little white fringes, that I want to get rid of. And also out in the background. Now if I use my Healing Tools, the Healing Tools, blend after every stroke, and with this tight of an area it will start to create what I call a blow out, which is going through and retouching this.
It will blow the white out into the rest of the shirt. So instead, I'm going to take my Clone Stamp Tool, and try to achieve the same results. On the Clone Stamp Tool again, my hardness is set to 50% I want to have this blend, but not too much because I don't want to dilute the effect. Now, working non-destructively I want to make sure I'm working on a blank layer. And I'll name this fringe repair. And up above on my control panel for my Clone Stamp Tool I'm going to make sure my sample settings are Current and Below. So, holding my Alt+Option key, I'm going to take a resource from the fabric, and this time, I'm going to have to try to match the tone and the texture manually.
And coming over to my shirt collar, I'll just slowly start to paint that in. To blend, I'm going to pick up a piece of the shadow here, and blend in the shadow as well. Over here on this side I have a clearly defined texture. So this is a little easier to work with. So I'm going to match up the texture here. And then up above on the shirt collar as well. Now when I get out into the background what I want to make sure that I'm doing, is I'm matching the color of the background here. So I'm going to start with this leaf color. And I'm going to blend that in. And on each time that I change position, I'm actually have my thumbs sitting on my Alt+Option key.
And I'm taking a new selection, at every location that I go to so I can try and match it up. Any time that I can get a visual representation, so for instance, the edge of this leaf here, I'm going to use as a visual guide, I'm going to use that to help line up this image, to blend that in seamlessly. And the areas that need repair, take another source and blend it. So very quickly I can go through and blend out, any tight areas, holding down the Alt+Option key and blending this in.
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