Zenith Watch Retouch 1 – Focus Stacking and Compositing

After completing the tricky task of photographing the inner workings of a luxury Zenith watch, Karl sits down to start work on the retouching process.

This Photoshop class focusses mainly on the initial stages of the retouch — selecting which shots will make up the final composite image, focus stacking multiple images and identifying which areas of the image will need retouching.

Clearly showing how to focus stack an image, Karl talks you through the process of aligning multiple images, using the auto align function in Photoshop. You’ll be able to see his workflow, understand his thought process and gain some valuable insight into how to retouch a product image to a professional standard.

In this product photography class we cover the following:

  • Product Photography: How to retouch a luxury watch
  • How to create a composite image in Photoshop
  • How to focus stack an image
  • How to auto-align a composite image
  • Using layers and layer masks
  • Using Photoshop Transform tools

Learn how to photograph luxury watch images like this in our Zenith Watch Product Shoot photography class.

To see the final stages of this retouch, watch Part 2 here.

If you have any questions about this class, leave them in the comments box below.

NOTE: This class is available with English subtitles.


  1. This was an extremely interesting course. Amazing watch transformation so far, from the shoot to this point. The watch detail is amazing! I can even see the lay of the grind process in the brass cogs deep in the inner workings of the watch!! Looking forward to the next retouch session.

  2. Hi Karl,

    Don’t know if this trick works in this particular watch. When the auto align is not working due to low details what I do is just merge (Layer masking) that required part with some other layer that has more details but equal in scale. Then simply apply the auto align… it works every time. Since the camera is in the same position and the same focusing plane it works smoothly.

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