This AMG Interior pro tutorial shows our complete workflow from start to finish. We will start out with the idea & complete shooting process. After that, we will cover 4 sections of retouching in Adobe Photoshop CS6. The main goal of the tutorial is to show and explain the entire process and techniques needed for retouching car details. Not only do we show and explain the techniques we also explain the thought process behind the techniques and why they are used or why not or when they are used.
Included in your Pro Tutorial – 1.5 Hours Step by Step guide
- Section 1 – Photography & Light Setup
- Section 2 – Preparations & Raw Conversions
- Section 3 – Grouping & First Build-up
- Section 4 – Help Layers & Notes
- Section 5 – Building Base Plate
- Section 6 – Clean-up & Second Raw Conversion
- Section 7 – Adding Light Details
- Section 8 – Compositing Windows
- Section 9 – Image Clean-up & Fixes
- Section 10 – Dodge & Burn
- Section 11 – First Color Grading
- Section 12 – Final Adjustments & Corrections
Included working files
- Raw File
- PSD File
Photography & Light Setup
In our first section, we’re going to discuss all thoughts behind this project. We will also go through a complete light diagram and talk briefly about the light setup.
Preparations & Raw Conversions
In this section, we will start out with the basic raw conversion. Taking our images from bridge into camera raw and doing minor pre adjustments. Once we have completed the step we will take everything into Photoshop.
Grouping & First Build-up
In this section we’re concentrating on the image build-up. Meaning that we will align all exposures to fit perfectly and create one final base plate via using different blending options in Photoshop. Doing this process, will result to more work, but a cheaper shooting / production cost!
Help Layers & Notes
In this lesson we will point out all the work steps and issues that we will need to retouch. We’ll be using a simple empty layer with a red / yellow / purple brush to point out all areas that we need to focus on!
Building Base Plate
In the third lesson we have started to build our base plate roughly. Now it’s time to concentrate on all the little details and hidden points! In this lesson we will once again go into the exposure build-up phase and align, change and recreate some layers. In order to get one final exposure layer to retouch on!
Clean-up & Second Raw Conversion
Now that we have aligned all layers perfectly and created one solid base plate layer, our next step is to clean-up and fix all areas! This process we will be doing with the simple cloning & healing techniques on individual empty layers.
Adding Light Details
In this lesson we will refine our base plate mask and add all little orange / yellow lights to the car dashboard. We will once again work with a new blending option in order to only get the lightened details and colors. This task we will achieve with a few duplicated layer masks!
Now that we have a base plate and added all light details, it’s time to composite in the windows and outside exposure! This process we will do via adding a new car exposure to our layers pallet. We will then be using the pen tool in order to get a clean selection. Our next step is to save and refine that selection and apply it to the overall image, which we’re going to use on our new mask layer.
Image Clean-up & Fixes
In our last lesson we have managed to composite in the windows. In this lesson however it’s time to refine and take a closer look at our complete mask. We will also fix and clean-up all forgotten areas.
Dodge & Burn
In this lesson we will apply the dodge & burn technique in order to create a wow effect on top. In this pro tutorial we’re working with the simple gray layer technique, but there are a few more you could use. We have an awesome free tutorial on our free tutorials page for you. – The Best of 3 Dodge & Burn techniques.
First Color Grade
Now that we have applied the dodge & burn / pop layer we can start with our first color grade. This process we will be doing with a few different adjustment layers, such as the selective color, curves and color balance.
Final Adjustments & Corrections
In the last section, we will be concentrating on our last 20%. Applying a final color grade, checking sharpness & details and correcting all outstanding points.