Mugler Angel | Post-Production

Discover the Photoshop tools and techniques behind this pristine fragrance image.

Want to follow a professional photographer through their post-production workflow? In this easy-to-follow class, Karl Taylor reveals every aspect of his editing and retouching process so that you can achieve the same flawless final results.

You’ll discover which images Karl carries over from Mugler Angel Product Shoot, ready for compositing and refining. Then you’ll witness every intricate adjustment he makes in pursuit of perfection.

You’ll learn how to use the Healing Brush, the Clone Stamp tool and the Dust and Scratches filter to remove imperfections from the clear acrylic rods. You’ll use layer masks, the Pen tool, the Gradient tool, and Curves and Hue Saturation adjustments to refine every facet of the bottle. You’ll also experiment with Unsharp Mask filters and do the necessary burning and dodging.

By the end of the tutorial, you’ll have created a spectacular ad-style image to add to your portfolio and showcase your skills.

In this class:

  • Post-production for cosmetics product photography
  • How to use layer masks
  • Curves adjustments in Photoshop
  • Hue Saturation adjustments in Photoshop
  • Using the Pen tool
  • Using the Gradient tool
  • Burning and dodging in Photoshop

To learn how to capture the shots you’ll work on in this class, watch Mugler Angel Product Shoot.

Want to master the essentials of post-production? Start with Photoshop For Photographers.

If you enjoy this in-depth Photoshop tutorial, check out Acrylic Rods Hair Product | Post-Production and Sunlit Shadows Cosmetics | Post-Production.

Questions? Please post them in the comments below.

© Karl Taylor


    1. Hi Blue, that is using the keyboard shortcut ‘\’ on a mac, which is the backward slash key, this reveals your mask as a colour (you can choose the colour in the options). You’ll find more details on this in our Photoshop classes.

      1. Thank you! I also noticed you can right-click the mask and select ‘mask options’ to change the Color and Opacity of the overlay!

  1. For what it’s worth, the “glue bubble” was driving me crazy during the shoot and from the beginning of this video. Also, the red line (reflection) in the upper part of the left acrylic rod was bothering me when you shot the two without the bottle. I kept expecting you to move the bottle somewhere else, but assumed you had a reason to leave it nearby, despite casting that reflection from off camera.

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