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Compositing Product Photography in Photoshop

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Learn the techniques for compositing product photography in Photoshop, including swapping backgrounds and label art.

A product isn't always shot on its final background. In fact, product photography is often composited into existing scenes or advertising layouts in post. In this course, photographer and educator Seán Duggan details the considerations involved in creating a simple product photography composite with Photoshop, including working with lighting, shadows, and perspective to make the final composite look realistic. He also introduces some simple product photography tips to maximize your Photoshop compositing options, and some tricks for building a "studio" to shoot small-sized products at home.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
  • What you should know
1. Photographing the Product
  • Simple "studio" setups when you don't have a studio
  • Shooting different angles
  • Shooting with different lighting
2. Adding Label Art to the Product
  • Opening multiple shots as aligned layers
  • Using blend modes to combine the bottle photos
  • Creating a selection mask for the product
  • Making a Pen Tool path for the product
  • Creating a merged layer from multiple layers
3. Adding the Product to a New Background
  • Fine-tuning the layer mask
  • Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
  • Adding a Linked Smart Object for the label art
  • Transforming a Linked Smart Object
  • Replacing a Linked Smart Object
  • Placing the bottle behind the horizon
  • Adjustment layers for a shadow and glow effect
  • Adding a translucent effect to a bottle
  • Next steps

Taught by

Seán Duggan

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