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Jewelry Photos – Photoshop Tutorial
Posted By samt On May 6, 2013 @ 9:00 AM In Digital Photography,Photo Editing | 5 Comments
Have you ever wondered how marketing banners and online shops have their products looking so sharp and crisp with a nice solid colored background? Well, you could spend money on buying the perfect studio to achieve this, or you can make a few modifications using Photoshop to achieve the same effect.
Most products online today (especially Jewelry products) are either created using 3D software (such as Gemvision Matrix 7 ), Taken with high end professional photography equipment, or modified in Photoshop before achieving the finished product. The latter of these methods (Photoshop) is the least difficult and expensive of the three, and this tutorial will get you started in the world of product marketing by showing you step by step how to make a photo of jewelry sparkle and shine with a perfectly white background, ready to be used for marketing or catalogs.
Some of the important tools we’re going to use in this tutorial are:
Here’s a photo of the before and after photos.
Let’s get started!
We are going to cut the piece of jewellery out of the original image and paste it into a new image to give it a perfectly white background. To do this, we are going to use the Pen Tool.
Zoom into your object so you can draw around it more easily with the Pen. Since it’s such a difficult tool to use in Photoshop, let me give you a few tips on the Pen Tool that most of the other tutorials don’t give you.
IMPORTANT – Once you’ve created your first line, you want to hold down the ALT key and left-Click the last point you made. You will know if you have done this correctly because you will no longer have two axel points (the two small grey circles that sit at the two ends of the straight grey line) but only one (as shown below).
Before holding down ALT and left-clicking the point (two axel points):
After holding down ALT and left-clicking the point (one axel point):
This is the butterfly back inside which you want to draw a circle:
Check out the YouTube clip here to watch how it is done:
You’ve now done the hardest part: cutting and pasting your jewelry item into a nice white document for you to work with.
Now we are going to apply some Adjustment Layers to give the piece of jewelry more shine and sparkle.
Your image sound look something like this
And your Layer Mask something like this:
Select the top layer in your Layer pallet, and while holding down the SHIFT key, select the bottom layer – this should highlight all layers.
Now right-click and select “Merge Layers”.
In this step we are going to sharpen the image using a “High Pass” filter.
To do this, we will first duplicate the layer again. After having merged all layers you should only have one layer, so click on the layer in Layer pallet and press CTRL + J (you should now have two identical layers).
There you go. You now have a professional, marketable jewelry image!
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URLs in this post:
 Gemvision Matrix 7: http://gemvision.com/global/m7/
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lruY7d6SVU0: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lruY7d6SVU0