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Photoshop

By Tony Rose

Welcome, I hope this Photoshop article will help you with your food shots

I work with Photoshop 7 which is fairly old I know, but I have never found the need to upgrade because it gives me all I want.

I have to start by saying that when I take my shots I try to make sure that they are as good as they can be, so that they need as little post editing as possible, but photographers have always adjusted their shots in the darkroom and Photoshop is the modern day darkroom.

The good thing about the shot below is that the subject is sharp and in focus, unfortunately that is the only thing. It's too dark, the shadows are too dominant and the work surface is dirty.

Breakfast

This is quite a simple fix;

First of all we need to get rid of the work surface, there are several ways of doing this but this is my preference.
Open it in Photoshop and select the Elliptical Marquee Tool and stretch it across the photograph.

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Then go to Select - Transform Selection.

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Now you need to turn and re-size until you get it the right size and shape to match the plate.

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When you have done that click on the tick and go to Select - Inverse, the work surface will now be selected.

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Now making sure that your foreground and background colours are set at default, press the delete key on your keyboard.

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The food is still too dark and over shadowed so you now need to adjust the levels, so click on Image - Adjustments - Levels.

 

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Slide the centre marker on the upper slider bar to your left until you are satisfied with the light and shade.

 

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You will find that the food is looking a little washed out so you will need to burn a little colour into it. Click on the Brush Tool, choose a soft brush about 300 px, set it to Colour Burn, 75% opacity and 16% flow.

 

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Click on the Eyedropper Tool and click on the item of food you are going to work on, in this case the egg yolk.

 

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Click back onto the brush and work round the yolk until you have the depth of colour that you are satisfied with, then do the same with the other items of food.

Now you have a shot that is presentable to post onto your blog.

 

Breakfast

In my next post I will be showing you how I clip the background from a wine glass.

Why don't you follow me on Google+ then you will know as soon as it is posted.

 

The Artist Tony Rose

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