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15 Photoshop Tutorials for Product Photography

Taking the photographs is just the start of compelling product images. Adobe Photoshop’s image editing suite provides plenty of tools to perfect and highlight product images against the right background. There are plenty of useful Photoshop tutorials to create dynamic product images with ease.

Here is a collection of Photoshop tutorials for product photography. There are short tutorials on single tools and effects and longer tutorials on the entire process, from photoshoot to final edit. Most of these tutorials are free, but a few include premium courses.

How to Shoot Products: Photography and Background Retouching

Join photographer Ross Floyd as he discusses his approach to photographing a handmade leather bag. Follow along as the image is taken into Photoshop to retouch and extend the background.

How to Cut Anything Out in Photoshop

Cutting a subject from its background is one of the most common tasks when editing product imagery. In this tutorial from Spoon Graphics, learn to cut out anything, even objects with fur or hair.

Background Removal

In this tutorial, Akemi Hiatt, co-owner and creative director at ecommerce agency Hidden Gears, walks you through background removal in ecommerce images, post-production. Learn how to add polish to your product photography and develop design consistency across a portfolio of images.


This tutorial shows how to add gradients to emphasize and add drama to a product image. Creating a gradient layer between your product and background can make the item pop.

Duotone Color

The duotone effect can add a visually stunning style to your image. Learn how to add complementary gradient layers without affecting your source image.


In product imagery, the blur effect can keep the focus on the subject. This can be particularly useful with lifestyle imagery.

Adding Shadows

In this tutorial, Akemi Hiatt adds a shadow to a shoe to give the impression that it’s floating. Shadows are an easy and effective way to add drama to a product image on a white background.

Faking Laydowns

Akemi Hiatt demonstrates two methods for adding shadows to create a hovering effect on images above backgrounds. Learn to use drop-shadows and blurred shapes to create depth.


In this short tutorial, learn to add reflections to your product images by creating inverse, fading gradient layers. Creating a reflective effect can emphasize images of precious goods, especially jewelry.

How to Select and Change Colors in Photoshop

Color is a powerful driver in any compelling product image. Learn how to change a color using a hue saturation adjustment layer and how to use a layer mask to turn off or on color adjustments for different parts of an image.

Fastest Way to Remove Background in Photoshop CC 2020

Learn to use the new Remove Background tool in Photoshop 2020 to make fast and accurate cutouts of people.

Clean & Remove Dust – Product Photography – Spot Healing Brush Tool

After you take a photograph of your product, even if it seems perfect, you could find dust and other tiny imperfections upon closer inspection. Use the Spot Healing Brush tool to dot over and remove imperfections.

How to Design eCommerce Graphics in Photoshop

In this tutorial from Dansky, a designer, learn how to create an assortment of web graphics in a variety of different sizes in Photoshop. Start with a product, retouch it, add text and a button, and create various sizes to find what works best.

The Ultimate Guide to Product Photography

This premium tutorial from Phlearn, the photography-tutorial site, breaks down the fundamentals of lighting objects. Follow the three-hour course to learn how to represent products in an image accurately.

How to Retouch & Composite Product Photography

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How to Retouch & Composite Product Photography.

In this tutorial, follow 10 professional product photo edits from start to finish. Learn to cut out objects, create clean backgrounds, remove blemishes, reshape products, and explore advanced techniques. The premium course contains 49 videos and over 13 hours of content.

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