Product Retouch (Part 2)

In Part 2 of this product image retouch, Karl and Viktor apply the finishing touches to the Hasselblad Stellar image.

Viktor demonstrates how to accentuate color and contrast throughout the image, using adjustment layers such as Levels, Curves and Hue and Saturation.

Once satisfied with the overall tone of the image, Viktor experiments by replacing the image background. Working with further adjustment layers, he ensures  that there is continuity in the style of lighting and color between the product and background.

This Photoshop class shows you exactly how to apply the final retouches required to achieve an advertising-standard product image, with explanations of each step clearly provided by Viktor.

NOTE: You can download the visual aid layers used in this class from our Downloads section.

In this Photoshop class we cover the following:

  • How to retouch product photos
  • How to use adjustment layers: Curves and levels adjustment layers
  • How to accentuate color and contrast in Photoshop
  • How to change the background of an image
  • Working with smart images in Photoshop

You can watch Part 1 of this retouch here.

For more classes on how to retouch product images, visit our Product section.

If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comment section below ?


    1. Hi, I believe the download version is an updated one that has additional layers/features but you will find the layers shown in the video there too.

  1. Hi Karl,

    I’m curious, did Hasselblad ever use that image for an advert? Or was the exercise solely for the benefit of the tutorial? It’s a beautiful image and the whole concept would have made a great magazine piece.

    1. Hi, Hasselblad use many of my images for adverts and promotion as I work as an ambassador for them but I don’t think they used this one. They don’t sell this type of camera though anymore.

  2. Hey Karl,

    For dodging and burning… in a previous tutorial we were taught to use two curves layer masks. In this one we are taught to use an overlay layer for seemingly the same effect. Is there a specific reason for each method?

    1. Hi Jacques, this is an older tutorial, you can also use the ‘soft light’ layer method which I show in another tutorial but I’d say the two curves is the best one for most flexibility and control.

  3. that was a very useful demonstration! thank you! I just have a question about the final look of the image. am not sure if it is something with the brightness on my screen but i feel that the lower part of the camera is a bit too dark and it is kind of blending with the darker background. would some separation help, just a tiny bit?

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