Tips & Tricks: Jewelry Photo Retouching Using Photoshop

Changing the contrast setting, brightness, tone, or luminosity of the image are some basic editing that every picture needs for retouching, however, there are few other changes to consider to make your product image look more appealing to the buyers. 

While Photoshop definitely helps to make your photos look like its the best version, how about learning some tips and tricks for jewelry photo retouching using Photoshop for a perfect editing outcome? 


Unlike other products, jewelry retouching is not an easy job to accomplish. A very detailed and thorough procedure is followed and involvement of time and effort is essential things in the retouching process. 

Adjusting Color Balance

One of photoshop’s basic features is adjusting the image color and helping with the color balance of the picture. It is easy to select between colors that the user wants to give in the image background or which color they want to highlight. 

To use the color balance tools you would have to;

Open Photoshop and the image that you will edit, go to ImageSettingsColor Balance, and then select your required color. It is a very easy process and extremely effective in making your product image stand out. 

Adjusting Brightness Contrast

This is one of the top tricks to take into account when editing your product image. This applies for every product image that you edit. For jewelry product image editing it has a significant impact on the outcome of the picture. 

Adjusting the brightness and contrast of the image gives a huge difference to the image look. To adjust the brightness or contrast of the image, Open the image in photoshop, select Adjustment Layer Brightness or Contrast. You may set the adjustments according to your preference. 

For jewelry retouching, this is a very important and essential step to follow. 

The Unsharp Mask Tool

The Unsharp Mask tool helps to make the jewelry images look softer. While naturally RAW photographs will give out a clear sharp edge look without editing, Photoshop makes it easier to give your product image a softer and smoother finishing compared to the RAW image and photograph. 

To enable Unsharp Mask Tool, go to FilterSharpen Unsharp Mask, three sliders will appear when this tool is enabled. The sliders will help in adjusting the sharpness of the image. 

Natural Shadow Effect

One thing that every customer or viewer appreciates, especially when it comes to a product as precious as jewelry is to be a genuine one. Oftentimes, in editing, an image might turn out to look more artificial or tampered with because of the absolute finesse it. 

This is why the technique of adding an effect that is best described as a ‘shadow effect’ is very revered amongst editors and the eCommerce industry. 

Expert designers and professionals edit in a very realistic-looking shadow that should look natural and completely in place. This effect not only increases the authenticity of the picture but also elevates the image in an artistic form.

Pen Tool

The pen tool is said to be a professional tool and it actually takes a bit of practice to effectively use this tool. Often in image editing especially when working with jewelry product retouching or editing, background removal plays a vital role. 

To remove the background of an image, or edit the background or work with a specific part of the image, a clipping path, usually done with the pen tool is required.

There are famous e-commerce businesses that use clipping path service specifically for background removal of their photography in order to make their product look more appealing. 

Select the pen tool from the toolbar on the left after importing the picture in Photoshop. You can also use the keyboard shortcut ‘P’ for enabling the pen tool. After selecting a layer and path named as Path1 from the panel, draw a clipping path around the object.

Make sure to select CTRL and click on the path, press Q to remove the background. 

It might seem a little confusing, however, practicing it once r twice, will help you understand the process better. 

Removing Spots Dust

In jewelry photography, every detail matters, and hence spots and dust are more visible in these types of images. Jewelry products are often shiny products and with a good lens, every detail of the picture can be visualized. 

Therefore, it is very important to get rid of extras and unnecessary spots and uses that may remain in the picture. In jewelry retouching edits, this is an essential step and has to be done very precisely making sure of not missing a spot. 

In Photoshop, few tools such as Spot Healing Brush, Clone Stamping Tool, or the Healing Brush can help with removing unwanted dust, spots, and other unnecessary accessories from the image.

Photoshop helps to create the best version of your product image in the easiest way possible. 

White Balance

Before you get confused about what is white balance, here's a little example of it. Remember the viral meme of gold and blue dress that people couldn’t identify the exact color of it? Yes, that is a white balance problem. 

What really happens is, due to white balance, product color may be differentiating in reality and in the RAW image. It is crucial to maintain the white balance of the picture which means to adjust the colors in order to make the picture look natural. 

The process of adjusting colors to remove the color casts and edit the image and give the image a realistic look. 

Jewelry Photo Retouching is mainly used to get rid of the defects in the image and make it look more professional and use it for commercial purposes. It is always best to get your jewelry photo editor and retouched by a professional to create a high-quality image. 

James Scott

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