The Elegant Studio Shot

This tutorial shows a quick way to take your normal, boring product shot and make it look more professional and elegant. This isn’t a new trick, but it’s a really quick process with Photoshop.

Open your image. I started with this photo of a banana (PhotoSpin #0250025). I masked out the banana and slightly rotated it.

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Behind my banana layer, I added a Gradient Adjustment Layer. Adjust the colors to something yellowish, or whatever color you want, and fading to black.

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Set the Gradient Adjustment Layer to Style: Radial. I increased the scale to fit my banana better.

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Make a rectangular selection on the lower 1/3 of your image. Add a new Solid Color Adjustment Layer under the banana layer and above the Gradient layer. Fill it with black.

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Select your banana layer and press [Ctrl + J] to duplicate it. Select your lower, original banana layer and press [Ctrl + T] to bring up the free-transform. Right-click on your bounding box, and choose “Flip Vertical”.

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Drag your new, flipped layer down, so that the bottom of the top layer, matches the top of the bottom layer. Confused? Picture:

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Click on the Add Layer Mask button on your Layers Palette or go [Layer > Add Layer Mask > Reveal All]. Select the Gradient Fill Tool [G] and select your default colors [D]. With your Layer Mask selected, drag your Gradient from top to bottom until you get a nice reflective effect.

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And that’s pretty much it. I explained it out in this tutorial, but it’s a few quick steps for a nice effect.

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  1. May 12, 2009 11:30 pmLinda Dietz

    Thanks a bunch. I am a beginner at PhotoShop and today I found your “recipe.” It has helped me make a picture I am delighted with.

 
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