08. Practical demonstration on product retouch

Karl sets off on a retouch of a simple Pack Shot showing you how to create and extend a pure white background to create those clean and crisp images that you’d expect. This sort of photography and Photoshop can be a great money earner for photographers and so for many it is key to know how to quickly and efficiently do this sort of Photoshop to a high standard.


  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.


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