Chanel Soap and Bubbles | Post-Production

In this follow-up to his Chanel Soap and Bubbles Shoot, Karl takes you step by step through his meticulous editing and retouching process.

He refines the colours and textures of the soap and bubbles, and works methodically to create the  striking tones and reflections on the acrylic rods that give the final image such polish and elegance.

In this detailed but highly accessible demonstration, you’ll pick up a range of useful tips as Karl uses the selection tool, the clone stamp tool, the polygon lasso tool, and more.

He also uses multiple layer masks, adds noise and Gaussian blur, makes colour adjustments by tweaking hue and saturation, sharpens key areas, and burns and dodges to boost contrast and three-dimensionality.

As he works, Karl emphasises the importance of working “by feeling, not by numbers.” Watching him make decisions based on instinct and intuition, you’ll learn to trust your eye and gain confidence in your creative vision.

In this class:

  • Post-production techniques for product photography
  • Common Photoshop tools and how to use them
  • How to use layer masks in Photoshop
  • Making Curves adjustments in Photoshop
  • How to use the clone stamp tool in Photoshop
  • How to use the pen, selection and polygon lasso tools in Photoshop
  • Burning and dodging in Photoshop
  • Adding noise and Gaussian blur in Photoshop


Did you enjoy this post-production masterclass? If so, you’re sure to benefit from others like Legs Up Fashion Shoot | Post-Production and Still Life Pasta: Simple One-Light Shoot | Post-Production.

Questions or comments? Post them below.



    I am watching hundreds of your videos and even though there’s less post pro videos, this one is from far the most technical I saw, what a job Karl, unfathomable !!!

    – Do you have a retouch job more technical than that on your website??
    – How many hours was your total retouch job?

    1. Hi, this wasn’t that challenging it was just a case of knowing what you want to achieve and working through it, re-assessing etc. I’d say if I wasn’t talking to camera and just doing the retouch this sort of job should take 4 to 6 hours.


    1h 51min
    Karl what application do you use to record and speed up your screen when you show all your edits rapidly?

    1. I use Screenium to record the screen and the mouse and the speeding up is done in Premiere during the editing stage.


    44min 54s
    Where in the shot did you fix the tubes???
    They are all retouched in their length but I didn’t see this part.

  4. John F

    Karl, I really enjoyed watching the Channel Soap photo shoot session. The post retouching was cool as well, but I’m going to have to go back to your retouching classes in order to understand how you used the Photoshop tools to complete the retouching effort. In some instances, you were moving a bit fast.


    John Franklin

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