A jewelry image retouching guide on how PicUp Media retouches the back shanks of the rings

We often get questions about our jewelry image retouching processes and so, today’s blog post will explore the different ways in which we help our customers perform retouching for the back shank of a ring.
Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of clients asking us about the best way to retouch the back of the ring so we thought it would be good to write a short blog post demonstrating the four most popular methods we use when retouching the back shanks.
The picture below shows 4 of our most popular ways to retouch the back shanks of rings for jewelry retouching – method 2 is used as our standard method and also the most popular of them all.

Jewelry Image Retouching: Back Shank Version 1

This retouching method on the back shank mimics a simple lighting setup of 2 strobe lights coming from the left and the right side of a light-box. This is very common in jewelry photography especially with small business owners.

Back Shank Version 2

Method 2 has the same lighting setup as 1 but more depth is added, there is also a small line added on the left hand side of the back shank to show the sharpness and reflections of the metal.

Back Shank Version 3

This jewelry image retouching method 3 resembles the lighting setup on 2 strobes coming from the front of the Lightbox – this method is uncommon in jewelry photography as the item may be illuminated too much causing a loss in quality.

Back Shank Version 4

A black line has been artificially drawn in to focus on the sharpness of the craftsmanship – this type of jewelry image retouching will be best for rings that are carved with precision on 45 degree angles.

Do you need help with other aspects of jewelry photography? Click here for more jewelry image retouching techniques.