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Old 07-28-2007, 12:48 PM
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Help me in retouching Stock Items

Dear Friends,
I am new to this website & also new to Photo shop except sum basic tool,i am attaching 2 images of a jewelery item, can sum1 give me guide line that how i can make these images look really good, so i can use it on websites & catalouge.
the camera i used to take photos is Sony DSC-F707,if sum1 can suggest me better camera or better way to take out more professional images, that will be much helpfull for me,

Riyadh Saudia Arabia.
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Old 07-28-2007, 01:25 PM
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Re: Help me in retouching Stock Items

Sameer, you have a severe green cast. Either you are photographing under florescent lights of the White Balance setting on your camera is improperly set.
You would be better to correct that rather than trying to adjust each image in Photoshop. Your contrast and saturation settings are also set too low
I corrected the 1st image using by doing a Image > Adjust > Auto Color, then increased the contrast with a curve adjusstment, then increased saturation, and finally sharpened a little.
The image you uploaded was overly compressed and pixelated. You should be able to get much better results on a higher resolution file.
Regards, Murray
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:15 AM
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Re: Help me in retouching Stock Items

Thank you Mistermonday, i really appriciate your help, as i mentioned b4 that i am new to all this stuff, so your tips will help me improving my skill, what format to you recommend i should take the images & what resolution is best for jewellery imaging, if any other recommendation are there please do mention ,

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Old 07-29-2007, 07:31 AM
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Clipping Path for Images used in Website & Catalog + Color Correction + Resolution

Originally Posted by sameerksa View Post
what format to you recommend i should take the images & what resolution is best for jewelery imaging,
Dear Samir,

To use a image for website, you need high resolution images, but not very high resolution images. But for Catalogs, you need very high resolution images. If you consider retouching the image before using it in website or catalog, you should have very high resolution image for professional quality retouching. Most of the cameras generate TIFF images which is editable in Photoshop. Some latest cameras generate RAW files which is editable in only Photoshop CS2. But, I don't think you need that much high resolution.

To get the maximum utility from Photoshop, please convert the image into PSD, unless you want to use other software.

I have also corrected some color information on your picture showing light green color overlay. I have auto leveled the image and corrected following colors with Color Balance option:

Green = -5
Red = 5
Blue = -5

Red = -10
Blue = 5

Blue = -5

Please see the color corrected image at this link and the image of the rounded jewelry attached:

However, to use jewelry images in website or catalog, you need to remove the whole background and extract the jewelry image. The best way to do that is by drawing clipping path around the image. However, we can help you with that, if you don't want to waste your time on that. Because, that's how we make our living.

Please see the background knocked out image below or the attached image (not the rounded jewelry):
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