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Object retouching

Now that you know how to retouch models, mannequins, and flat lays, it's time to learn about object retouching for e-commerce — how to edit images when you're working for an online store. Here's all you need to know:

Shoes and bags are the most popular items in online stores

By objects I mean all the items that are basically not clothes and that are not lying flat. You will love this section of the course, as objects are generally simpler than anything else in catalogue retouching. Online stores are filled with objects to the brim: you can buy shoes, bags, jewelry, other accessories, furniture, and even food.

I won't be able to cover all the objects you might encounter no matter how hard I try because there are tons of items. But the deal is that if you know how to retouch objects in general, you know how to retouch them all. It doesn't matter what exactly you are retouching. In my career, I've dealt with all sorts of objects from cutlery to coffins, and I've never had any problems. It's just about texture and shape, not about the intended use of the objects we retouch.

An object can be big or small. If it's very big like a wardrobe, it's hard to give it enough of even lighting during the photography stage, so you'll have more lighting problems. If it's small like a wedding ring, you will have more problems with sharpness and focus. If an object is shiny, it will reflect all kinds of things, and you have to know which reflections can stay and which should be removed. Some objects are made of fur and it might be hard to isolate them. Some can stand without any help, like tennis shoes, and some must be hanged of fixed somehow, like bags with long handles.

Despite all this, objects are easier to retouch than everything you've already learned. So let's start with the most common things that can be bought online, like shoes and bags, and then switch to less common items like other accessories and jewelry.

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