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By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Improve a Product Shot in Photoshop

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This week in the Pixel Playground, Bert walks us through how to improve a product shot in Photoshop. In this case, it’s by pulling the pouch closer to the corkscrew so it’s clear to buyers that they’re sold together.

He begins by using the pen tool to outline the pouch, leaving an extra bit surrounding it so he can pick up some of the tones beneath.

He then makes the path a selection and sends it to a new layer Via Copy. Next he pulls it toward the corkscrew and slightly changes the angle.

To get rid of the original pouch above, he goes into his background layer and brings it all into a new layer using the clone tool to clone the wood table over the original pouch.

To give the pouch more dimension, he adds a tiny drop shadow. He then takes the pen tool and surrounds the top of the bottle opener, corkscrew, and cork—which are now partially obstructed by the new position of the pouch. He saves those three paths, turns them into a selection, sends them to a new layer called “overlap” Via Copy, and drags the layer to the top.

As a finishing touch, he goes into the background layer and uses the burn tool to add a little shadow to the left side of the pouch.

Watch this week’s video to get started on your design, and be sure to check back with Pixel Playground next week, when Bert will show us how to improve an interior shot.

 

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