Zenith Watch Retouch 2 – Clean Up and Final Touches

As a professional photographer, the aim is always to capture the image as accurately as possible. At the end of the shoot, there should be minimal retouching left to do, only minor adjustments that will add subtle enhancements.

In this photography class Karl adds the finishing touches to the inner workings of the luxury Zenith watch. Working through the image, he identifies unnecessary distractions, removes unsightly dust and scratches and smooths tonal transitions on the chrome metal of the watch.

Using essential tools such as the Clone Stamp, Filters and Unsharp Mask and techniques such as Burn and Dodge, Karl makes small but important adjustments to the image, adding the final punch and clarity to the smaller details of the watch. He clearly explains each part of the retouching process and his workflow, ensuring your understand each step.

At the end of this class you’ll have an understanding of how to identify retouching requirements and know how to use essential Photoshop tools for best effect.

In this product photography class we cover the following:

  • Product Photography: How to retouch a luxury watch
  • Photoshop retouching tips for product photography
  • Product retouching workflow
  • How to retouch shiny metal surfaces
  • How to use Photoshop Clone Stamp tool
  • How to use Burn and Dodge for product retouching
  • How to remove dust and scratches in Photoshop
  • Gradient tool: How to create gradient lighting in Photoshop
  • Photoshop Unsharp Mask

To see the initial stages of this retouch, watch Part 1 here. You can also watch the full product photo shoot here.

To learn more about the tools and techniques used throughout this class, visit our Post Production section.

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

NOTE: This class is available with English subtitles.


  1. I absolutely loved this course from the lighting of the watch to the final image!!!The thought process and execution throughout all three of these zenith watch sessions, has been of great knowledge value for me. I am amazed and inspired by the length detail you go through in producing such an amazing image. I can’t wait to attempt a project based on this courses teaching!!

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