08. Practical demonstration on product retouch

In this photography class Karl demonstrates how to retouch a pack shot in Photoshop, making use of the selection tools and layer masks.

Pack shots can be a lucrative area of photography, so it’s always worth knowing not only how to photograph them, but also how to quickly and efficiently retouch them to a high standard.

Karl introduces you to using selections, masks and cutouts and clearly demonstrates how we can use these to create and extend a pure white background, as is typical of pack shots.

This simple yet informative tutorial is a great introduction to the various selection tools and provides a detailed explanation of layers and layer masks, and how they can be combined to achieve precise control.

In this Photoshop class we cover the following:

  • Product retouch demonstration: How to edit pack shots in Photoshop
  • Photoshop retouching tips
  • How to create a pure white background in Photoshop
  • Selecting objects in Photoshop
  • Working with layers and layer masks in Photoshop
  • Common Photoshop tools and how to use them
  • Photoshop keyboard shortcuts

To learn more about how to photograph pack shots, make sure to watch our live show and product photography class.

If you have any questions about this course please post them in the comments section below 🙂

Comments

  1. loved this as I have been trying to do this for a long time with layers and could never get it right and now I know that I can try this method and get it right thank you so much and im looking forward to the rest of the course.

  2. Great course Karl. Nice and simple! When doing multiple pack shots you really need a fast process to get products processed quickly. One thing I did notice is people ask a lot of questions for the photography side of the industry but not so much for post processing. Which for me is interesting as I spend the majority of my time in Photoshop. Hopefully less with learning some of your techniques.

  3. Hi Karl,
    At the very beginning, is the perfect equality of the background’s R, G and B values (e.g., 247/247/247) due to a perfectly made manual white balance before shooting the final images, or it is attained in a preliminary phase of post-processing?
    Provided that we shoot RAW, which way is the most accurate, in this respect: setting the WB manually in camera before / upon shooting or letting the post-processing software do it (like you did in another tutorial using Hasselblad’s proprietary software and a X-Rite color checker)?

  4. Thanks I found it. Just want to say you’re an awesome photographer and instructor. You blew my mind with your skills and instructions. I don’t usually leave comments. Glad I found you on YouTube.

  5. On the top boundary of the bottle there is some white colour coming or above the label of the pack how can it be fix

    1. Hi Akansh, thank you for your email with the screen shot. on my montior I can still see the edge of the product but it may be that when I made the selection and I ‘feathered’ the selection that I set the feathering too many pixels and then as I painted white on the background some of that white may have bled onto the product because of my feather.
      It may also be that the light from the backgrounds has spilled around the products. In such cases I simply take two small pieces of black card and stand them vertically facing the product and move them in closer to the product. The product then picks up the black and it creates a darker edge to the product so that it doesn’t get lost into the background. I will show this technique in a future tutorial.

  6. Wow! Thank you Karl and the team for this tutorial. I had to watch it quite a few times for things to sink in, but now it has all become second nature and has help me massively in other aspects of post production and workflow. This is a fantastic way to learn.

    Keep up the good work team
    Andrew Burgess

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