Chapter 1 | Introduction to Product Retouching 2 Videos (6:23m)
  • 01 - Getting to Know Ross Floyd
  • 02 - Working with a Retoucher
Chapter 2 | Oak Dresser on White 5 Videos (1:17h)
  • 01 - Planning with Ross Floyd
  • 02 - Compositing for Exposure
  • 03 - Removing the Background
  • 04 - Adjusting Highlights & Shadows
  • 05 - Retouching & Blemish Removal
Chapter 3 | Oak Dresser with Dramatic Lighting 4 Videos (59:43m)
  • 01 - Planning with Ross Floyd
  • 02 - Compositing & Removing the Background
  • 03 - Building a Background with Gradients
  • 04 - Retouching
Chapter 4 | Designer Stools on White 2 Videos (38:52m)
  • 01 - Planning with Ross Floyd
  • 02 - Compositing & Retouching
Chapter 5 | Leather Handbag on Multicolored Background 5 Videos (1:44h)
  • 01 - Planning with Ross Floyd
  • 02 - Compositing
  • 03 - Extending Multiple Backgrounds
  • 04 - Frequency Separation
  • 05 - Retouching & Background Texture
Chapter 6 | Leather Handbag on Pink Background 3 Videos (49:54m)
  • 01 - Planning with Ross Floyd
  • 02 - Product Shaping & Retouching
  • 03 - Frequency Separation & Dodge and Burn
Chapter 7 | Leather Handbags on Colored Steps 8 Videos (2:27h)
  • 01 - Planning with Ross Floyd
  • 02 - Extending Multiple Backgrounds (Part 1)
  • 03 - Extending Multiple Backgrounds (Part 2)
  • 04 - Product Shaping & Retouching (Part 1)
  • 05 - Product Shaping & Retouching (Part 2)
  • 06 - Frequency Separation
  • 07 - Adding Texture & Changing Background Colors
  • 08 - Creating an Animated GIF
Chapter 8 | Leather Backpack with Multiple Backgrounds 5 Videos (1:26h)
  • 01 - Planning with Ross Floyd
  • 02 - Product Shaping
  • 03 - Removing the Background
  • 04 - Retouching
  • 05 - Changing the Background
Chapter 9 | Peak Design Backpack 6 Videos (1:37h)
  • 01 - Planning with Ross Floyd
  • 02 - Product Shaping
  • 03 - Removing the Background
  • 04 - Retouching
  • 05 - Frequency Separation
  • 06 - Adding New Backgrounds
Chapter 10 | Peak Design Backpack Unique Shot 5 Videos (1:19h)
  • 01 - Planning with Ross Floyd
  • 02 - Object & Blemish Removal
  • 03 - Product Shaping & Creating Symmetry
  • 04 - Retouching
  • 05 - Frequency Separation & Dodge and Burn
Chapter 11 | Peak Design Backpack Detail Shot 4 Videos (45:34m)
  • 01 - Planning with Ross Floyd
  • 02 - Retouching & Dodge and Burn
  • 03 - Frequency Separation
  • 04 - Sharpening
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LEARN TO RETOUCH ANY PRODUCT

How to Retouch & Composite Product Photography

About this Class

Capturing great product photos is only half the battle. In this tutorial, join Ross Floyd and Aaron Nace as they walk you through 10 professional product photo edits from start to finish. You will learn to cut out objects, create clean backgrounds, remove blemishes and distractions, sculpt and reshape products, and explore advanced techniques like frequency separation and dodging & burning.

**This tutorial is linked with The Ultimate Guide to Product Photography

What’s Included

49 Video Tutorials   |   31 Sample Images   |   2 Photoshop Actions

Class Instructors

Aaron Nace – PHLEARN Founder   |   Ross Floyd – Professional Product Photographer

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Retouch Any Product

RETOUCH FINE DETAILS

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Make Every Pixel Perfect


Learn the magic of frequency separation, dodging & burning and texture replacement to make any product photo look stunning.

Lights. Camera. Perfection.

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LEARN TO COMPOSITE MULTIPLE PHOTOS TOGETHER.

How to Edit Product Photos

Product photography doesn’t end when you put the camera down. The post-production process is extremely important in making sure that your images highlight the most interesting and beautiful parts of a product. Learn important skills like changing backgrounds, compositing, and retouching that will have you ready to impress any client that comes your way.

Bring Out the Details

Texture. Shape. Color. Features. Once you identify the things that make a product unique, it’s up to you to help tell that story using the tools in Photoshop. We show you how to get down to the details to make sure stitching, buttons, corners, and edges look picture perfect.

Professional Workflow

Product retouching needs to start with a professional workflow. Learn to work non-destructively and tackle steps in the best order to hit your deadlines on time, every time.

CLEAN BACKGROUNDS AND SHADOWS

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Retouching

Retouching is all about removing distractions while highlighting the natural beauty of a person or object. In this tutorial, you will learn how to remove blemishes like scratches or dust, straighten edges, enhance shape and form, and refine textures.

Compositing

Compositing is a powerful tool for the product photographer to ensure every part of a product is properly exposed in the final image. Learn how to combine multiple exposures so that every side, detail, and feature is clear and visible!

Prepare for Print, Web & Social Media

Product photos are everywhere. We teach you how to create images that will be versatile enough to fit perfectly into a web page, print ad, or social media campaign. You’ll also hear valuable advice on industry standards and preparing images to hand off to a graphic designer.

REFINE SHAPE AND DETAILS

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Planning & Collaboration

In The Ultimate Guide to Product Photography you learned that a product photoshoot will often involve more than just a photographer. Clients, models, stylists, and assistants are all there to offer help and input. In post-production, a photographer will often lean on the expertise of a professional retoucher to bring it all together.

Working with a Retoucher

Ross Floyd has captured over 70,000 professional product photos. While he occasionally does his own retouching, he often relies on the expertise a professional product photo editor to bring his vision to life. Hear his direction and advice before Aaron brings the images into Photoshop.

Deliver to Clients

As a working photographer, a client’s needs are always paramount. In each of the 10 examples, Ross will help plan each edit, calling on his years of experience to predict what a client might want to see in each image. Learn to make a plan for your post-production process and make sure your clients get everything they need and more.

Frequency Separation – For Products

LEARN TO RETOUCH SOFT GOODS LIKE FABRIC & LEATHER

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Make Any Product Look Stunning


Our unique approach to frequency separation allows you to make huge improvements to your images without losing texture or detail.

MAKE THE DETAILS COUNT

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Tips & Techniques

Every edit is a puzzle and some will be more challenging than others. When the usual tool doesn’t work, what do you do? Watch Aaron as he shows you how to edit product photos while calling on a wide variety of tools and techniques to creatively solve problems.

Professional Finish

The best product images are the result of a lot of little changes. Throughout this tutorial, you will learn to develop the eyes of a product retoucher that will help you see all of the small distractions that might take away from the story you’re trying to tell.

100 Megapixel Sample Images

Professional shoots will often have you working with professional gear. We include 31 sample images taken with a Phase One Medium Format camera. Follow along and work with ultra-high resolution images that provide the highest quality and flexibility while editing.

REFINE SHAPE & FORM

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CLEAN AND EXTEND BACKGROUNDS

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Perfect Composition

Whether you’re editing a single product or a group of products, where and how you place them in the frame will make a huge difference in the final image. Learn to extend backgrounds, crop photos, create symmetry and more!

Shape & Style

Straight lines. Smooth curves. Symmetry. All of these things are extremely important and can separate a good product photo from a great one. Learn to reduce and remove distracting elements while making a product look its very best.

Cut Out Backgrounds

When editing product photos, the background is just as important as the product itself. We show you how to prepare images that will fit seamlessly into a web design, a print ad, social media, and more. Learn to extend backgrounds and build brand new backgrounds from scratch!

EXTEND SETS & BACKGROUNDS

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Frequency Separation

Frequency separation is one of the most powerful techniques for the professional retoucher. Learn how to edit color and texture separately for maximum control and flexibility. Better yet, our custom Frequency Separation Action which will have you editing like a pro in no time!

Dodge & Burn

How do you place a three-dimensional object into a two-dimensional image while preserving its shape and form? Learn to sculpt highlights and shadows to help accurately express the size and volume of any object.

Photoshop Actions Included

Make complex tasks a breeze, speed up your workflow, and still get professional-level quality. Up your retouching game with a frequency separation action and give your images a professional finish with our sharpening action!

Class Instructors

Ross Floyd

Professional Product Photographer

Ross Floyd is an award-winning product and interiors photographer and director based in Chicago, IL. He specializes in telling the story of the designed object and space. Ross uses bright and graphic imagery to elevate objects while emphasizing line, shape, form and material with light. He is hired by clients around the world for his ability to convey the experience of an object or space through brilliant images.
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Aaron Nace

PHLEARN Founder

Aaron Nace is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world reaching millions of students in 146 countries. Known for his unique vision and conceptual style, he prides himself most on making creative education affordable and accessible for anyone that wants to learn.

Reviews

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely blown away with the demonstration of techniques to achieve utterly beautiful images. The dialog with Ross Floyd gives a wonderful view into the collaboration to create a product image. “Building a Background with Gradients” in chapter 3 is a master class in itself. Grateful appreciation to Aaron and the PhLearn team for this amazing tutorial.

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