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Old 06-18-2010, 03:00 PM
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How to improve the image of high reflective kettle

I posted the original image and retouched one of totally reflective kettle ( polished chrome, like a mirror). It was a challenge to shoot it and the same challenge during a post-production.
How would you fix the kettle? Any advice or suggestion?
Thank you for any help.
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:18 AM
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Re: How to improve the image of high reflective ke

Looks good to me as it is for a square-cut image use.
If it's to be used as an outline image, probably needs a slight drop shadow to avoid that dreaded "floating" look, as the advertising agency creative directors call it.
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:11 PM
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Re: How to improve the image of high reflective ke

Genia, Welcome to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends. Poke around, ask questions, offer help, have fun!

You have an impressive body of work in the portfolio at http://www.koloskov.com/ and excellent instructions, tutorials and references in your Blog at http://www.perfectphotoblog.com/ So I am hesitant to offer any advise or suggestions but sometimes we need that other eye simply because we are too close to the work... sooooo other than smoothing the shading on the lip of the spout and maybe adding some angular highlights, I would suggest that you delineate the sides of the kettle with a 1 pixel line on both sides ..

Looking forward to more of your posts and help

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Old 06-19-2010, 06:33 PM
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Re: How to improve the image of high reflective ke

I don't know as I haven't tried but I think I would be tempted to put a dark grey or black background with a light grey light source/ feathered circle in the middle. I say this because at the moment the spout of the kettle and to some extent the handle are reflecting light making it look somewhat not fitted to the kettle properly, I guess with a darker background it might alleviate this effect.

I like the rest of the retouch, especially the clean-up of the distracting reflections and as soon as I'm done here I'm off to check more of your work out!
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:56 PM
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Re: How to improve the image of high reflective ke

Thank you so much for such warm welcome:-) Recently I found this forum and
it's really helpful for me and I would like to make a lots of friend here:-)

@TerryB and @Mike Needham, this image will be cut out and used on a red background, so our task is only to deliver photo of kettle.

@0lBaldy Thank you for nice words about my work and thank you for your improvements, I like it!
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