Jewelry retouching is your ticket to the heart of your highly visual consumers. However, If you are still undecided whether to hire a professional photo editor or not, I have a solution for you!
Not too many sellers may immediately realise this but there is a direct correlation between your product photography and your number of sales. In online business, product image serves as the deal breaker. People don’t buy from sellers who showcase poor product images because it translates the lack of credibility and poor product quality even though in reality you know you are selling the highest quality item. The key is to reflect that quality and efficiency into your images.
With e-commerce, you only have the chance to appeal to your potential customers by satisfying their sense of sight. Show them unattractive product images and they will damage your sales until your brand image is no longer recognisable in the market. Of course, there is a way to turn this situation around. In fact, you don’t even have to be a professional photographer to make eye-catching product photos; you just have to be willing to widen your rudimentary knowledge of Photoshop. Yes, you’ve read it right. Photoshop!
These photo editing tools are guaranteed to improve your customers’ visual experience.
1. Your first Photoshop jewelry retouching guide is to upsize the resolution in 2 steps
If you are subscribed to Photoshop Creative Cloud, upsizing low resolution images can be done in few minutes. First, simply open your file and choose ‘Image Size’ located below the image menu section. The image size dialog box will pop up. Tick the Resample Checkbox and pick ‘Preserve Details (Enlargement) from the menu.
Once you’re done with this process, the next step is to enter your desired resolution in the resolution field; the supposed new version of your image will appear at the preview window. When you are satisfied with the outcome, you’re good to go!
For convenience, if you are upsizing volumes of images using similar sizes, Photoshop CC allows you to save your custom size by choosing Save Preset in the ‘Fit To’ field.
2. Use shank reduction
So you underestimated the benefits of handheld camera stabilizers and the power of natural lighting, you’re now stuck with your blurry product images that surely wouldn’t sell.
Don’t fret! Almost anything can be remedied through basic jewelry retouching processes. Images taken in low light and using handheld cameras can be polished. Just go to Filter menu, apply shake reduction and let it automatically analyse the mess that you did while correcting it. A progress bar will appear during this process while a preview is also available to show the corrected image.
3. Allow flexible retouching with layers
Layers are a revolutionary way to edit your images as it allows you to clone, apply filters and produce multiple versions without having to damage the original version of the photo.
Additionally, you can also apply adjustments to certain areas of the image only, which gives enough flexibility when retouching. If you are the type who changes her mind often and are always indecisive about the look that you want to achieve for your item, this will be the best tool for you.
4. Use unsharp mask
Add professional touch to your product images by properly navigating through the sliders in the unsharp mask pop up. This tool is useful for images that have fuzzy edges. The sharpening quality can be controlled by adjusting the three layers which are ‘Amount’, ‘Radius’, and ‘Threshold’.
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