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Old 03-24-2009, 04:40 AM
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How to retouched jewellery
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:25 AM
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Re: jewellery retouched

is this a question?
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:24 AM
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Re: jewellery retouched

Retouching jewelry might be a challenge because not many people out there do so...Especially if the jewelry is dirty!

You can try this:

Open in PS
>Duplicate layer
>Set duplicate to Soft Light/adjust opacity to taste
>Flatten Image
>Duplicate again
>Filter-Other-Highpass @ about 30%-50%
>Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur @ about 30%-50%
>Set duplicated layer to overlay and it'll have that soft glow that'll exaggerate the jewel's shine
>Unsharp Mask as needed
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:10 PM
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Re: jewellery retouched

arvind sawant Welcome to RetouchPRO (RTP)!
Nice to finally hear from you (member since 2005)..

I am sure that by now you are aware that if you type "Jewelry" into the search box after clicking the search button above.. you will glean a wealth of information!

I know you asked for "retouch" BUT Jewelry starts with the Photography! Sooo, To sort of nudge you in the right direction I offer the following:
Shooting it right the first time saves a lot of work later... So concentrate on getting it right in camera first and foremost!

To bring out specular highlights use a point-shaped light sources with your light box like LEDs close to the camera lens.

Many different reflectors of various sizes, curvature, and colors which are strategically placed inside the box/tent are necessary also.

This site (jewelryphotography.com) might help you with the photography.

(Click Here) for the retouching page

OR

tabletopstudio.com

These resources should help get you started in the right direction... Good Luck!!
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:04 AM
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Re: jewellery retouched

just retouch it thats all.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:40 AM
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Re: jewellery retouched

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arvind sawant Welcome to RetouchPRO (RTP)!
Nice to finally hear from you (member since 2005)..

I am sure that by now you are aware that if you type "Jewelry" into the search box after clicking the search button above.. you will glean a wealth of information!

I know you asked for "retouch" BUT Jewelry starts with the Photography! Sooo, To sort of nudge you in the right direction I offer the following:
Shooting it right the first time saves a lot of work later... So concentrate on getting it right in camera first and foremost!

To bring out specular highlights use a point-shaped light sources with your light box like LEDs close to the camera lens.

Many different reflectors of various sizes, curvature, and colors which are strategically placed inside the box/tent are necessary also.

This site (jewelryphotography.com) might help you with the photography.

(Click Here) for the retouching page

OR

tabletopstudio.com

These resources should help get you started in the right direction... Good Luck!!
Wow that tabletopstudio site has tons of information and great tips..

Thanks for the 411 on that site for sure.
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:00 PM
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Re: jewellery retouched

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How to retouched jewellery
There is no shortcut to success, arvind sawant! But you may become a skillfull jewelry retoucher if you follow these 7 Golden Rules of Jewelry Retouching:

1) use a good photo
2) use a good photo
3) use a good photo
4) study jewelry retouching (requires lots of time)
5) use appropriate (software) tools, i.e. Adobe Photoshop (requires $700)
6) apply trial & error, and gain enough experience (takes months, if not years)
7) apply the other posters' suggestions

Have you got the time, money, and inclination for all that? The passion expressed in your OP leaves room for interpretation, you see.
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:11 PM
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Re: jewellery retouched

Regarding photographing and retouching jewelry/bead products in Photoshop, I can offer some advice in this area, as I have been involved in the workflow for several years. I have worked with various clients who needed quality photos of their jewelry and always tried to provide them with the best output possible, for print and web.

Retouching jewelry is a very challenging craft and photographing it at a pro level is something that takes some time to learn and apply. Many pro retouchers won't even take on jewelry clients because of the time it takes to work on the products. All the retouching in this area will not provide miracles or results expected from clients unless the source image is photographed properly with the right lighting, setup and layout. If you want to be a good jewelry photographer, you need the skills, DSLRs, fine macro lenses like a Canon 100 m F2.8 or similar. You need to invest in good lighting, strobes or continuous, soft/octo boxes, LED focus lights, full spectrum or daylight bulbs, many props, mirrors, reflectors, light table, various fabrics and gradient papers for backgrounds and a lot of patience to be good in the field.

Each piece of jewelry is unique and has its own individual challenges to get a great image out of the camera and then pull the image together by retouching and enhancement in Photoshop. The camera picks up every smudge, hair, dust, stray lights, many things that have to be cleaned up in PS. I recommend a Wacom Tablet and a fast desktop or laptop, I have a fast MacBook with an external DELL monitor for jewelry work. I also recommend wearing white gloves to handle each piece, cans of spray air, jewelers wax and or glue gun for setting up the products, invisible magicians thread, clamps, possibly a little vice. You will need to adjust exposure and learn how to focus stack an image.

The next thing is to get the high end fashion mags like Vanity Fair, Harper's, Vogue and jewelers catalogs to look how fine jewelry is photographed. Also I recommend this site in Los Angeles which does very high quality jewelry images: http://diamondgraphics.com/3.0/?action=intro I also like another site, http://www.vanrossen.com/jewelry.html. These 2 sites will give you an idea of what quality jewelry photography is all about. There are others, Tiffany, and Avi Roth's jewelry photography site http://www.jewelryphotographyonly.com/
I have learned many things about producing decent jewelry photography from studying these great sites. Avi also has a jewelry photography school and teaches the craft. Another site I like is: http://www.barryblau.com/home.htm

Besides being a good product or tabletop photographer, being able to develop pro Photoshop retouching techniques is a must. Master the pen tool because there will be a lot of precise selections, cutouts to put a product on a 255 white background if requested by the client, layer masking, blending modes, paint brushes/airbrush, custom color swatches (gold, silver, etc) the gradient tool, proper sharpening, etc. These are very important PS tools to master for jewelry retouching.

I am always learning new tricks from other fine product photographers who specialize in jewelry and try to figure out the lighting and how the image was enhanced/retouched. If you are interested in this branch of jewelry photography, do your research and start shooting jewelry. Ask people you know, relatives if you could borrow their jewelry to learn how to shoot it. It doesn't have to be diamonds and rubies. There are beads, semi-precious stones, costume jewelry, Indian jewelry, the list is endless.

That about wraps it up, so dive in and give it a shot. Photographing and being able to retouch a jewelry product is a real passion and will offer much satisfaction in getting the shot. I'll post a few images here of what I do. It's hard to really see the hi-rez images with the size requirements, but we'll see if they show up.

Good luck. SteveB2005
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:43 PM
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Re: jewellery retouched

Excellent post Steve! Good Info and very helpful! Kudos!!
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:32 PM
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Re: jewellery retouched

wow thanks for sharing this
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