Adobe Photoshop is not a program that is just for “fixing” problems in a photo. It can also be used as a vital component to achieving your vision of an image. Once you begin to possess some mastery over the program, you begin to see where you can use it in your overall workflow – knowing when to fix things “On-Set” versus “In Post.”
In this tutorial, I examine a situation where a client needed a clean “on white” product shot of a particular product that had been shot on-location. Using the Pen Tool, I create a super-tight selection of a hard-edged object and begin to strip it out to a new surface and create a believable product shot from what started as a location shot.
Solutions like these add value for clients, and are par-for-the-course techniques in a commercial photographer’s toolkit.