Clinique shoot post production 1: Initial Compositing & Basic Cleaning

In this series of Photoshop classes you’ll see the complete post production process for the Clinique-style advertising image that Karl shot (this is available in our Product section).

This first chapter focuses on creating the group shot. This involves layering and compositing the final images, cleaning up the background and base surface, removing water droplets and reducing the reflection in the base surface. To do this, Karl uses a variety of tools and techniques, demonstrating how to work with masks, use the clone stamp and brush tool and adjust highlights and contrast.

Class objectives:

  • Layering files in Photoshop – Demonstrate how to manually align images
  • Show how to recover highlight details
  • Demonstrate how to use the Clone Stamp tool
  • Show how to clean the background and base surface using the Clone and Brush tools
  • Show how to reduce reflections on a white surface

Clinique post production before example

The original file before removing water drops from the bottles and base.

Clinique post production after example

After removing water drops and reducing the reflections in the base.

To see how this image was shot, watch the Clinique Style Advertising Shoot classes.

If you’re unfamiliar with the techniques covered in this class, watch our Photoshop for Photographers course, where Karl covers the essential Photoshop tools. More advanced techniques can be found in the Advanced Photoshop for Photographers classes, presented by professional retoucher Viktor Fejes.

If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below.


  1. Ha-ha! “I don’t know why my brain accepts it”
    I’m sure, Karl, I could tell you about so many things MY brain accepts…however I probably won’t be.

  2. Hi Karl,
    Thanks for in-depth retouch tutorial.
    I haven’t yet completed video, but i noticed at 51:55-51:59 while using clone tool on jar bottom right corner – you were clicking along curve after regular intervals and nice line along jar was getting cloned…
    it will be great if you could share the setting for the same….

    1. Hi, hold the ‘shift’ key down in-between mouse clicks and it forces the clone tool in a straight line between the two points that you clicked.

  3. Does it ever happen that you do the editing after the first day of shooting, and then reshoot everything again the next day – knowing that you can do few things better based on the first edit pass feedback ? I know some bigger shoots have the “digital technician”, who is usually doing the first pass in photoshop – as everyone is shooting – just for that purpose.

    1. Hi Gregg no not really as I’ve always got a very clear idea of what the image is going to and needs to look like based on the previsualisation that I’ve done.

  4. hello karl,
    I have a problem loading this video, it keep pausing and when i refreshed the page many times and still not able to watch all of the video, it keep stopping one point.. the problem is not my connection, all other videos are playing fine
    thank you for everything

  5. I’m looking forward to the post production/Photoshop/compositing portion of this training. Any idea when it will be available other than “soon”?

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