Sometimes some dearest and special moments of our lives can be captured inaccurately. Photoshop is the solution in these cases. Color Correction, Adjustment of Brightness and Contrast, a bit of retouch can make that unsatisfactory image perfect. So, I am here with this Product retouching tutorial. I will share some of my dearest Photoshop technics of enhancing and retouching an image in a very easy way. Let’s follow the steps described below:
Step 1 for product retouching tutorial:
Open the image in Photoshop. Crop it if needed.
Step 2: Notice that, the image is not smooth enough and not focused the color exactly. So let fix the smoothness by increasing some amount of pixels. Go to Image > Image Size. You can use Alt + Ctrl + I from the keyboard. In the popup window, you can see the resolution column. Change the value as needed. Then click OK.
Step 3: Level the image to make that better. Go to Window > Histogram. The Histogram is useful to know about the tonal range. You will detect some strong feature in the histogram window as the gap at the right side of the window indicates that the highlighted areas aren’t proper bright as they could be. For that, the image is not looking perfect. So, we need proper Level adjustment. The feature will convert the bright portion to more bright and the dark portion to pure dark. The mid tones will also improve and that’s ideal for exact tonal distribution.
Step 4: To apply these first Duplicate the background layer Ctrl+J. Take a new layer under it by Ctrl+Shift+N and fill it with pure white color Ctrl+Del
Step 5: Select Layer 1 and click twice on that to bring Layer Style dialogue box. Drug the white triangle to the left until it meets with the black colored triangle on the exact left. Then the rest of the spots is the darkest pixels of the taken image.
Step 6: Choose the color sampler tool and change the Sample Size to 3 By 3 Average. Point it to the remaining darkest spots in the image.
Step 7: Repeat the process of step 4 in the Layer Style window. And again use the color sampler tool; described in step 5.
Step 8: Now it’s time to trace the mid tones. So repeat again the processes of step 4.
Step 9: Create a Level Adjustments layer on first layer and set the black point by using Eyedropper Tool. Click the tool at black and then click on sample 1.
Step 10: Click the Eyedropper at gray point, then point and click it on sample 3. Click the Eyedropper again for white point, then point and click on sample 2. Here we will get a perfect tonal and color balance of the image and the image will better than before.
Step 11: Now let’s highlight some area of the image. Press Ctrl+Shift+E, it will merge all the layers without hampering the layers below. Point this new layer, go to Image > Calculations and a calculation dialog box will appear.
Step 12: Now you can see that the green channel have the most details and we will use this green channel as a patch. Set the value given below in the calculation dialog box. You will have a notable change in the image.
Step 13: Name the result as Alpha 1. Clock on Alpha 1, select all Ctrl+A, copy that Ctrl+C. Get back to layer palette and paste it Ctrl+V on the top layer. Now set the Blending mode to soft light and name it Basic.
Step 14: The light will seem to be much bright. We have to decrease it. Double click on Basic layer, it will appear Layer Style dialog box. Hold the Alt key and move the white triangle to the left and you will get a smooth transition.
Step 15: To adjust that, you will need to add layer mask for this basic layer. Now aim the Layer Mask Thumbnail on the Layers Pallet. Then Brush the area with Soft Black Brush. I use a soft round brush, 50 px sized, 20% opacity, and 0% hardness.
Step 16: Now it’s time to smoother up the skin. Press (Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E) and apply filter, Filter > Noise > Median. Radius should be of 10 pixels. Apply a layer mask on this layer.
Step 17: Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E, name it sharpens. Press Ctrl+J to copy the Layer. Click on the Eye Icon on the Layer Palette. Now aim the sharpen Layer, go through Filter > Other > High Pass. At this step, radius should be of 2 pixels. Now change the blending mode to vivid light. This step will sharpen the image. But sharpening will give a rough look to the objects. So, you have to add a layer mask and use a smooth soft brush to elements.
Step 18: Make the sharpen copy layer visible and name it smooth object. Go through Filter > Stylize > Diffuse, choose Anisotropic, click Ok. Now you have to hide all areas except the desired.
Step 19: And Now you have done and think got the basics of Product retouching tutorial