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How to decide a perfect background for product photography?

The first impression makes a lot of difference in the online market. Sales, growth, profitability, and every other thing depend on what customers see and get attracted to. To attract customers, images play the most significant role. Images are that vital part of the online business which helps in gaining the attention of the customers. Therefore, it is important for the images to be eye-catching. Images help the customers in the evaluation of the product, compare it with different options and then make a purchasing decision. Use of good images increases the credibility of the seller as well as demonstrates the product in a suitable manner.

While shooting product images, most of the time, the background is a factor which is overlooked and not given much importance. But as a matter of fact, the background can make or break the final outcome of the overall image. The background can make both positive and negative impact on customers. While searching for products, neither of the customers is interested in bright and pop color background which steals the attention instead of the actual product.

For any image, it is important for the product to be the focal point. In order to get a fit background, one must keep in mind the following points

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A background is the largest element of an image and use of a busy background will divert the attention from product to the background which is not helpful for the sellers. A busy background with a lot of elements in it is most of the time not suitable for a product image. One must also abstain from using a background with busy details as everyone is interested in seeing more of what they are searching for.

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Bright colors look very unpleasing when you are searching for a product. Therefore, it is advised to use subtle colors for the background of product images because bright backgrounds are recommended for advertisements & banners not for a product image as I think you already visited the Apple’s website once in your life, right?

The background color has it’s great importance as it helps in making the product more visible out of the entire image. Some background colors go perfectly matched with the product, whereas some create blunders.

The light colored background is preferred for most of the product images but there are certain guidelines for images in different cases. In each case, a different color should be used as background. Also, a lot of online marketplaces have their own set of guidelines for a product image and the background color must be selected accordingly. However, for marketplaces, who do not have any guidelines, here is a guide for selecting an appropriate background color.

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The White background is preferred for almost all product images. It has a lot of reasons behind it. White is the most subtle and neutral color which has the very low impact on the image. Therefore, it is chosen as the background Other than that, the white background is timeless and never goes out of the trend or look dull. Even though being lightest amongst all shades, white has its own charm which brings the best out of the image. Also, a white background makes the image look more product-centric and the product gets highlighted instead of the unwanted background. Specifically for glass products, a white background is used.

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Grey, specifically its lighter shade is also equally fitting for product image background as it is not too loud and does not steal the attention from the actual product. It’s another color in the neutral family. Product images look most appealing when they have a light background color such as white and grey. Grey color of the background is also used as a substitute of white color. Where the online marketplace uses white color as the page background, grey is used as the background color for product images to distinguish the page area from an image. Product images go well with the grey background, fulfilling the purpose of highlighting the product and not appearing bright at the same time. Grey color is most preferred in the fashion stores & for 3D mannequin product images.

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The black color is although the darkest shade and may attract a lot of attention towards it at the first sight, but for some products, black color is the best choice. In case of jewelry, black background makes a lot of difference by making the diamonds and other metals shine brighter, resulting in a presentable and attractive product image.

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For those who may not want a plain background, yet want to remain on the basic side can choose simple and elegant textures such as marble texture, grid & gradient shades or any other texture to add a creative element to the product image.

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For furniture items such as table, chairs, the background does not play an important role, but floor matters a lot. In such cases, the wooden floor is recommended to amplify the product image because it gives an idea of how the product will look in the real world.

Removing the background and inserting suitable one with apt color is a challenging task. Either you can DIY or let ClippingPathUnited do this for you.

TRANSPARENT MATERIALS ON INVISIBLE MANNEQUINS

Trickier invisible mannequin items include sheer, transparent or translucent materials, fabric with cut out details, or a mixture of all these elements! There are a number of different approaches to photographing these styles, a selection of these are shown here.

JEWELLERY PHOTOGRAPHY

We are MEGA pros when it comes to product photography but we get especially excited by the challenge of shooting jewellery. With more shine, sparkle and accompanying pressure than nearly any other photographic niche, professional jewellery photography demands near-faultless results and it’s our job to make sure all our clients get just that.

A combination of studio trickery, post-production bling and more than 30 years of experience, our jewellery images will get your little gems standing out from the crowd in the increasingly busy world of e-commerce competition.

 

 

While we love any excuse to rave about how skilled we are in our photographic knowledge, jewellery photography is one area where we also need to talk about commercial understanding. Particularly if you have product numbers in the tens or hundreds, we appreciate that you might not have the budget to allow us to spend hours photographing and retouching each piece. Yes – we do spend hours – particularly if an image is going to be used for print advertising, or in large format. But for an online product listing, which might be updated every few months, and might be one of several hundred other jewellery items on the page – balancing the cost with the perfection is just as much a skill.

So don’t be afraid of our quality! We’re not (last sentence aside) pumped up, ego-heavy photographers – we’re hard working folk who will always try to find a solution that fits our clients’ budgets.

You can read more about our techniques and our studio methodology on our blog pages. In particular, the art of focus stacking, and our take on top jewellery retouching are exciting reads, for those in the industry. Otherwise, just enjoy some shiny, shiny pictures….

 

 

How to make a dynamic business portrait?

Group portraits are always appreciated by companies. It’s the way to personalize your communication and get out sanitized visuals and formatted image banks.

Discuss with leaders or communication managers

Discover the company, its history, its activities and its objectives is the preliminary step to the shooting. This helps to understand the message that the company wants to go through the photo.

Shooting

I install my studio (lighting and background) within the company. Each person is taken individually. “Head-to-head” with the camera is not an easy exercise. I then try to create a friendly atmosphere, to build trust while discussing the work of the person, his hobbies, his passions. I like to observe how people speak, memorize gestures.

With or without accessories… Imitating movie posters…

Play with logo letters, share an event

Post-production

All the individual images are cut out, retouched and put together to form the team’s photo.

The advantages of this method of shooting

  • we avoid the cliché of the school photo
  • no one is hidden, everyone has the same importance
  • no unsightly shadow produced by the neighbor, everyone receives the same light
  • if a new collaborator joins the team, we can add it (and conversely)

Your opinion counts! Tell me if what you think of this kind of portraits. Thank you.

You can find some examples of my work on Our website

Easy Noise Reduction Tutorial in Photoshop

Have you always been scared of increasing the ISO on your camera in dim light because of the resulting noise in the images? Has this discouraged you from taking pictures in low light?

Fret not. This tutorial will take care of all your ISO noise anxieties and will let you go trigger happy during night shoots.

Noise reduction in Photoshop

  1. Open the image on which you need to reduce the noise.
  2. If you see the image panel, you’ll notice that the image will be opened as a background layer. Create a duplicate of the background layer (just in case).
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  3. Having selected the duplicate layer to go to Filter -> Noise -> Reduce Noise. A new window will open up with some sliders in it. Let’s break them down one by one.
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  • Strength: This slider, affects globally. That means it will eliminate the noise pixels in the overall image.
  • Preserve details: Pixels tend to get blurred while reducing noise. The preserve details slider will bring back the texture and other small details in the image. Different combinations of strength and preserve details slider work differently for different images. You will have to experiment to see which combination gives the best quality.
  • Reduce Colour noise: This slider will reduce any floating colour pixels due to chromatic aberration.
  • Sharpen details: The blurring of noisy pixels may result in reducing the sharpness of the image. Use the sharpen details slider to restore sharpness in the image.
  1. At the end of all the sliders, you will see a checkbox that says “Remove JPEG artifacts”. This will remove any noise that may occur while saving the image as a JPEG.
  2. If you want to make noise reduction specific to the RGB colour channel, click on the advanced tab.
  3. Select the desired colour channel and make the adjustment to the strength and preserve details slider.
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  4. Once you are satisfied with all the changes, hit ok and the edited image will open in Photoshop.
  5. Unhide the layer on top to reveal the background layer. You will notice that noise has reduced from the original layer to the duplicate layer.
  6. Save your image and you are done with reducing the noise.
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Try more night shots

Now that you know the secret, try more night shots. ISO is a very good feature in digital camera if it only wasn’t for the resulting noise. Hopefully, camera manufacturers will try to come up with ways of minimizing the noise grains at high ISO but until then, this little Photoshop technique should do the trick.

Advantages of Digital Image Processing

image-processingWhen it comes to digital image processing, there are many different things that can be done. Ideally, in this multimedia world, it is really important to make sure that you offer the most attractive images. Unless otherwise noted, almost all high definition pictures you’ve received on the web have been digitally changed. This brings us to the need of the best image processing services.

Below are some advantages of digital image processing:

Google search algorithm for images: – Google search algorithm has been completely changed. Now Google can read images better and display quality results in their search engine. Google images/photos may be able to find and read and display similar category image results online. So it’s good for digital images processed by a specialist for quality and gets in Google search. Having a digital image can increase accuracy, high speed.

Flexible format: – According to the requirement, the image can be made available in any desired format.

Keywords in online e-commerce: – Digital images provide visual results that you want to show or not. So it directly talks to the people and influences the minds of the people. If we display quality pictures where the user can communicate (shopping) can show interest. If the quality of the image and the representation mark are not there, then the possibility of losing business or customers may be more.

Digital image processing plays a very important role in education: – Through digital image, we move advanced pieces of knowledge into linear algebra, data, possibilities, signal processing, geometry, algorithms, machine learning, data science and software development. Can. For example, the digital image can display any status properly. Due to the loss of revenue for doctors, the medical diagnosis was done more accurately and accurately rather than the old school methods to identify on the basis of visible symptoms.

Digital Image Processing in the Publishing World: – Nowadays every book is available on a digital platform. The demands and needs of the people are changing, therefore the optimized digital book needs today’s generation.

In the business world, every small and big thing is being analyzed. Therefore, you have to do your best to ensure that all images follow the same professional standards. You can offer some of the best image editing services of reality Premedia.

Product Photography: Dave’s Coffee Syrup, great product, tough to shoot

This very simple product shot was in fact very, very, challenging due to the 360 degree reflective surface at the top of the bottle. I tried every trick in the book but could not stop the bottle from picking up some part of the studio, shoot enclosure or my equipment.Check out my work  at www.GeorgeRossPhotography.com.

I set the product on a translucent white still life table and shot two strobes through the table, from underneath,  to create the white background to remove the need for post-processing to keep the costs down. It creates some bleed around the edges but this was deemed acceptable without the expense of post-processing. I then use three softboxes with continuous lamps to light the product.

Recognizing that reflection was going to be problematic I attempted to use a shooting tent (typically, I avoid using shoot tents) but the bottle picked up too much detail from the tent. To solve this problem, I used white foam board, furring strips and duct tape to build a shoot enclosure which was broad and wide and only a few inches taller than the bottles and this did the trick proving a uniform reflective surface on the bottles with no external detail.

Often, what seems like a simple photo shoot can become very complex but where there is a will there is away.

Dave’s Coffee Syrup is an iconic Rhode Island product.

Dave’s Coffee, located in Charlestown, Rhode Island, is a Certified Organic Coffee Roaster and a member of Farm Fresh RI (which unites local Rhode Island food producers with consumers, restaurants and markets).

A full-service photo editing, Mostafa specializes in product photo editing, website photo editing, sports and portrait photo editing Located in Richmond, Rhode Island, wherever his clients need him. Call 01706619992

 

How to Make an Image Transparent

An image with a transparent background might be placed against a website background. This gives a Web designer flexibility in placing the image on the page, and it can help make the file size smaller versus creating a large background file with the image included. Not all image file formats support transparency, so the two file types to use are GIF or PNG. Most image-editing software that supports layers can create an image with a transparent section.

Photographers computer with photo edit programs.

Step 1

Create an image with a transparent background. Look for the setting in the New File dialog box that specifies the background color. Choose “transparent background” from the list, or check the box next to that option.

Step 2

Open the image you want to add to the transparent image. This is probably an image with a background you want to get rid of or an image that has a section you want to make transparent.

Step 3

Copy the image by selecting “Copy” from the “Edit” menu. Go back to the image created in the first step and select “Paste as New Layer” from the “Edit” menu.

Step 4

Use the “Magic Wand” or “Lasso” tool–it may also be called the “Selection” tool–to select the area you want to be transparent. Select “Delete” or “Clear” from the “Edit” menu to erase the area selected, making sure the layer you created in the previous step is the active layer.

Step 5

Erase any stray bits you may have missed using the “Eraser” tool, making sure the image layer is still selected.

Step 6

Check to make sure you can see the “background” through the part you erased. Most image-editing programs display a gray and white checkerboard to signify a transparent background, so you should be able to see this through the part of the image you erased.

Step 7

Save the file as a GIF or PNG file. Make sure to specify the option to keep areas of transparency.

How to: Remove Green Screen Background in Photoshop

  1. Open up your green screen background image
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  3. Use the crop tool to remove any unwanted items in the image and/or simply crop out excess space. Click the check mark or press ENTER when you’re done.how-to-green-2
  4. Go to Select and click Color Range.how-to-green-3
  5. Use the eyedropper tool that appears, hold down the SHIFT key while clicking and dragging around the green areas you need to remove, ideally the background in the popup color range box should become white. If you think you’ve removed too much, hold down the ALT key and click on the area where you want to deselect. Click OK when you are happy with the selection.how-to-green-4
  6. Go to the Select and choose Inverse.how-to-green-5<
  7. Go to Select again and click Refine Edge…how-to-green-6
  8. Use the various sliders to adjust the smoothness of the edge of your cutout. Select OK when you are happy with how the selection looks in the preview. You can also click on the image and drag on any remaining green shades to fade it out.how-to-green-7
  9. Go to Select and click Inverse, again.how-to-green-8
  10. Press the DELETE or BACKSPACE button on your keyboard to delete the green background.how-to-green-9
  11. Drag or copy and paste your image into a background you want, have fun!how-to-green-10

How to Watermarking Images With Photoshop and Lightroom

Have you seen the writing on images? You know, the little pictures or words that show the photographer’s name? Those are called watermarks. Photographers often watermark their images so that they are properly credited for their work. Here are a few ways to watermark images with Photoshop and Lightroom.

Watermarks using Photoshop

You can create watermarks in Photoshop several different ways. Here are a few of them.

1. Text layer

The first way is to create a text layer. This is great for simple word watermarks. You can then write your name or your photography business’ name. From there, you can adjust the opacity as you see fit. Try adjusting the blending mode to achieve the look you want. To get the © symbol type; option+g on a Mac, or Alt+0169 on a PC.

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2. Logo file

If you have a logo you can place it on your image. You want to make sure your logo has a transparent background. Usually, this will be a PNG file, a GIF or even a vector graphic. If you are unsure, check with your logo designer. Use the place option to put your logo on your image. Again, you can adjust your opacity and blending modes to get the desired effect.

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2a. Making your logo background transparent if it isn’t already

If you have a logo file that does not have a transparent background then follow these simple steps to create one. First, open your file in Photoshop. Go ahead and unlock this layer (double-click it, then hit Enter).

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Next, use the magic wand to select the background. If the background is not a solid color then select your logo image and then invert the selection. Now that your background is selected, simply cut. You can do this with cmd+x (Mac) or ctrl+x on a Windows computer.

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Your image should now have a transparent background. Save this file as a.PNG (JPGs cannot hold transparency) and you’re ready to go.

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3. Using the brush tool

For an even easier way to watermark, create a brush. This way you do not have to go through these steps each time you want to watermark your images.

To create the brush with the text you’ve written you will need to open a new document in Photoshop. Make sure your document has a transparent background. Type the information you want to have your watermark. Make sure you have it set up exactly like you want it on your images. Once you have your watermark just as you want it you should go to Image > Trim > Transparent Pixels. Next, Edit-Define Brush Preset. Name your brush and you’re ready to go. The same process can be done with your logo file.

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You can now use your brush as you would any other brush. The key to having it watermark is to create a layer and select the brush that is your watermark. A simple click will watermark your image. You can adjust the size, opacity, and be blending mode as you like.

For more on making a signature brush read: How to make a signature brush in Photoshop

Watermarks using Lightroom

Lightroom has an awesome feature built-in that allows you to watermark your images upon export. In order to use this feature, you must first set up your watermark, to do that go to Lightroom>Edit Watermarks.

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You can choose an image or text. There are several different settings that allow you to adjust your watermark like you want. Remember, to get the best results you’ll want to use a PNG file with a transparent background. If you don’t, you’ll have a white box around your logo. You’ll need to save and name your watermark.

For a text watermark simply write your desired information in the white box. You can change the font, color, shadow, and size of your watermark. Watch the image to see your desired effect. Use the Anchor option to adjust placement and the Inset option for further tweaks.

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Make sure you use a logo file with a transparent background to avoid this white box. JPEG files do not have transparent backgrounds.

Now that your watermark is all set up, let’s apply it to your image. Go to Export and Watermarking. There you can choose whatever watermark you have set up. Your image will be exported to the desired location with the watermark chosen.

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This image was watermarked in Lightroom with a shadow.

Have you got any other methods for adding a watermark to your images? Please share your tips or your results using these methods in the comments below.