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A Quick Guide on How to Retouch and Edit Bracelet Photos for Lifestyle Shoots

Lifestyle shoots are a great way to showcase your product in a different fashion. The process of taking photos of bracelets in this type of shoot will usually come with a great deal of product styling, prop arrangement, and art direction. Even with careful planning and top-notch photoshoot direction, retouching and editing bracelet photos will inexplicably still be part of the process.

When you’re taking photos of jewelry, it rarely comes out picture perfect. There will most likely be unavoidable shadows, unwanted reflections, color discrepancies, and a list that goes on and on.

This is where jewellery editing and retouching comes in. As a process, this involves zooming-in on blemishes that are taking away value from the overall photo, cleaning the background, fixing prop deficiencies, and homing-in on editing your bracelet’s photo to make it look more flawless.

In this article, we guide you through the how’s of editing and retouching bracelet photos for lifestyle shoots, so that you’ll be able to present your stunning products to your sophisticated clientele. Read on to learn how to edit jewelry photos.

Familiarization with the Process

Lifestyle shoots are an essential part of any brand’s collaterals. It showcases your brand’s identity and values all while elevating its perception. When executing this kind of shoot for your pieces, it’s important to be familiar with the jewelry’s material and the stones that you’ll be shooting. This is because different materials may need different treatments when it comes to lighting and handling during the production.

Once production is done, this is where your knowledge of stones and their colors come in. The colors you’ll be dealing with when it comes to retouching the bracelet’s photography will be key to delivering accurate photos to your customers.

Adjusting the Color

When you receive the raw photo from your lifestyle shoot, you’re going to notice that the background, props, and products used in the photo aren’t registering in the same way that you saw them. This is normal because the equipment used, like the camera and lighting, will translate what’s in its view a bit differently.

To remedy this situation, you can use Lightroom to adjust the color of your photos so that it can come out looking more akin to real life.

  1. Enable profile corrections and the removal of chromatic aberrations.
  2. Work on your white balance sliders for exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, and clarity.
  3. Your tone curve will show a graph of all your colors. Make sure to deselect linear, so that you’ll be able to play around with each color (Red, Green, and Blue) individually.
  4. Save and export your photo to the highest possible setting.

We recommend using Lightroom for this process because it has a batch processing function which can apply your current settings over a bunch of images all at the same time.

Cleaning the Background

Whether you chose a plain background or a textured one, you might start to notice some undesirable segments on your background like stains, and you might even want to change the ratio of your product’s photo.

Adjusting your product photo’s ratio is crucial to keeping a consistent look in your website and feed. We’ve listed down below the steps to clean and extend the background of your bracelet’s photo through editing it in photoshop.

  1. Select the healing brush tool and start to clean up the imperfect parts. Zoom in to really get all the blemishes.
  2. Crop the image to your liking. If you have a plain background, you can extend it past the frame and click content aware so Photoshop fills in the background itself.

If you’re happy with your background, we’ll be moving on to retouching the individual elements of your shoot.

Removing Blemishes

You’ve probably cleaned your bracelet multiple times before and during your shoot to make sure that it was in pristine condition, but you’ll most likely see that when the photos come out, it will have only minimized the visible flaws.

Imperfections such as scratches, dirt, and fingerprints will be inevitable, especially when using high-quality cameras. Blemish removal is a crucial part in retouching your bracelet’s photo and it will definitely add more value to your product if done carefully. Here’s how you can do this:

  1. Select the healing brush or patch tool and click over the different imperfections you see on your photo.
  2. Use the lasso tool to isolate the parts that you’ll be editing, so that you don’t accidentally use the brush tool on parts that don’t need it.

The best tip in bracelet photo editing we have? If you can see it, your clients probably will too. It’s important that your jewelry looks flawless and stunning for your clientele.

Adding Luster

Even with the correct lighting placement and angles, you’ll still need to retouch your bracelet’s photo to reflect that luster, which is the key to making it look more desirable to your clients. Adding highlights to your photo can easily be done through Photoshop.

  1. Create a new layer for your photo.
  2. Click the brush tool and choose the color that you would like to paint with. You can use the eyedropper tool for this function, or you can simply use the color of your choice.
  3. Enlarge your brush’s range and dab it on to the parts of your bracelet that you want to have highlights.
  4. Click on blend mode and choose color dodge. Make sure to double-click on the right side of the layer and turn off transparency shapes layer.
  5. If there are some highlights that you’d like to remove, simply click on the eraser tool and brush through the unwanted parts.

Refining the Stones

The lifestyle photo of your bracelet should be looking amazing right about now, but you can tell that it still needs a little bit more retouching to make it look stunning. For this step, you’ll be focusing on the precious stones of your bracelet and editing it to give it more contrast and make it look brighter.

  1. Select the sharpen tool and adjust your brush so that it fits the stone perfectly.
  2. Select the dodge tool and use the highlights range and tap on the stone.

This process will take some time because you’ll need to manually do this on each stone. We recommend that you do this in batches, especially if there are a lot of stones on your bracelet.

Finalizing Adjustments

When you’re done with the process of jewelry retouching, you’re going to want to take a final look at your whole photo before publishing it anywhere.

Here are a couple of things you might want to examine for when doing your final checks:

  • Visible imperfections on the bracelet, on the props, on the model, and on the background
  • Strange-looking highlights that don’t look natural
  • Undesirable reflections on the bracelet
  • Color correctness on the bracelet’s stones
  • The size of each photo is consistent with one another

If you think that your photo’s elements are at its best and that the photo is consistent with your vision, then it’s time for you to hit export.

Creating Luxe Bracelet Photos

You’ve now got the knowledge and our best practices in retouching bracelet photos to help create stunning lifestyle photos for your brand’s collaterals. Don’t be afraid if you don’t get it right on the first try, jewelry editing is a long process that takes practice to master.

If you’re still not completely happy with the way your lifestyle photos are looking, you can outsource it to a professional jewelry retoucher like Jewelry Retouchers. Feel at ease knowing that your photos are in good hands and will come out looking brilliant!

Get in touch with us today to learn about how we can help you achieve these stunning photos.

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