In this detailed post-production class, Karl shares his retouching and editing techniques for car photography as he works on the side-view shot of a Mercedes AMG GT sports car.
As part of this retouch, you’ll see how Karl layers the different images from the shoot before applying some basic burn and dodge to adjust the contrast on the body of the car.
Next, he works on extending the black background, sharing some tips for achieving believable results when adding a new background in Photoshop, adding a stock photo for the floor, and creating a realistic shadow under the car and reflection on the floor to ground the car.
To add an extra creative element, Karl then works on adding a sense of movement to the image by adding motion to the floor, the car, and the wheels using various blur filters such as Path Blur and Radial Blur.
Additionally, you’ll also see standard retouching techniques like removing reflections, burning and dodging, and overall contrast adjustments.
- Car photography retouching
- Creating black backgrounds & adding a new background in Photoshop
- Adding motion to still images
- Removing reflections
- Adding a natural shadow under and object
- Creating product reflections in photoshop
To see how this image was shot, you can watch the full shoot here.
A further example of how to retouch cars can be seen in our ‘Car Photography Retouching’ class. If you’d like to learn more about any of the tools used in these retouching tutorials please visit our post-production section.
If you have any questions about this class please post in the comment section below.