Sometimes I don’t always have all the tools I need for a great final product shot. Or I do have everything but my lighting is terrible. This is when my handy photo editing software comes in handy. This tutorial will work with whatever software you’re using since they all have about the same kind of tools you’ll be using. The keyboard commands maybe be different though, so just know that this tutorial is GIMP specific.
What You’ll Need: Cardstock or Paper, Lots of Light, Camera, Photo Editing Software
Now I could stop this whole tutorial and say just get a pic of poster board and call it a day. BUT this is for those times that you may not have poster board and going to get some just isn’t an option. That’s me just about everyday!
Find the place in your home with the most light. For me, its our living room.
Clear a space and place your paper on the floor. I used four sheets to create a large rectangle but you can use as many or as few as you need.
Place your object on the paper and take pictures of it from all angles. Don’t worry too much about the background getting in here and there, we’ll fix that.
Now upload and select the photos you wish to use. Figure out what you need to fix in the picture.
First change the levels, contrast, and brightness. The more contrast/brightness you can add without distorting the picture, the less smoothing and blending you’ll have to do in certain places. Then crop out anything that needs to be taken out of the picture.
Next, find the cloning and smudge tool. The cloning tool looks like a stamp and the smudge tool looks like a finger. You’ll be using these to “erase” the lines created by the overlapping paper. Using the cloning tool, find the place you wish to copy, hit control and click. now click again over the place you want to cover. Keep going until it looks (relatively) like all one piece. It helps to use both sides of the overlap since there is a difference in light all over the pic.
Using the smudge tool, blend the places that look a little off. Sometimes it’s where the cloning tool was a little too bright. Use this tool like you would a paint brush, blending the colors until it’s smooth. Be careful where you pull the tool from, you could end up with this.
Just undo and try again. Keep playing with the tools, different brushes and sizes help too, until the image looks right.
And now you have a nicely edited picture on a pretty white background!