22 Replies Latest reply on Jan 15, 2017 9:34 PM by Benjamin Root

    Need help with making interior shots look nicer

    crazysnake

      I have a client who gave me some pictures to use in a commercial.  Unfortunately the pictures aren't very good and I want to make them look nicer but I don't know much about photoshop.  I tried to improve the picture based on a tutorial I found and I am happy with it for the most part but there are these bright glare spots I want to get rid of.  Any advice?

       

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        • 1. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
          Barbara Ash Adobe Community Professional

          There are many ways to do things in Photoshop. One way which would be fairly fast, would be to put the original image and the retouched image on separate layers.

          Then double-click the right side of the top layer (retouched) to open Layer Style.

          Move the white point slider of This Layer to the left. Hold down Alt or Option as you drag one side of the white point slider in order to split the two sides of the white point slider so that you have a smoother transition. That will hide the bright glaring spots on the retouched layer and let the lighter areas of the original show.

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          • 2. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
            davescm Adobe Community Professional

            Use a curves adjustment layer to lift the centre and lower areas.

             

             

            The add a new layer and get the clone stamp tool set to 30% opacity.

             

            Put a selection marquee round each section in turn and clone from the darker to the blown out areas. You are not trying to eliminate them - just put a bit of detail back  in

            Finally I balanced the colour in the camera raw filter

             

            Dave

            • 3. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
              Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional

              I really wish people wouldn't get hung up on trying to fix what can't be fixed, when it is so easy to recreate as an illustration using Photoshop.  I wasn't going to go crazy with such a tiny image to work with, but with a full size picture you could rebuild the flat surfaces, and add a bit of texture if needed.  Composite on some light fittings and make them glow, and find some Walnut or Cherry wood texture for the wall panel.  Note a lot of so called hardwood textures are stained pine with a coarse grain that looks totally unreal, but the real thing is out there.

              That's my two cents worth.  Rebuilding from scratch can be done with most things including portraits and skin tone and texture, and it is a lot more satisfying than struggling hopelessly bad photographs.

              • 4. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                terris86415680 Adobe Community Professional

                you can get a nice boost to the saturation here with L*a*b mode. I think Trevor has shown how to overcome the problems with the image , so I have not replicated that , but here's a before and after with just saturation boosting.

                 

                office.png

                 

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                • 5. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                  crazysnake Level 1

                  I like your results dave but I am a bit confused by your steps.  I don't know how to get the marquee as tight as you show in your example.  I also tried using the clone stamp tool but didn't see any results. 

                  • 6. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                    crazysnake Level 1

                    Thank you everyone for you help by the way.  I will probably try out all the methods for practice.

                    • 7. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                      davescm Adobe Community Professional

                      Hi ,

                      I used the polygonal lasso

                       

                      to put a tight selection around each area then used the clone stamp tool within it. The selection meant I did not have to worry about overspill when cloning right into the corners.

                       

                      Dave

                      • 8. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                        Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional

                        Seeing as this thread is still alive, would you mind uploading a bigger version of the image?  2000 pixels would be nice.

                         

                        This is a ceiling light that might have been behind that blown out area.   100% Photoshop illustration.

                        • 9. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                          crazysnake Level 1

                          I actually went with Barbara's method since the client wants this as quickly as possible and hers was the simplest.  I appreciate your help though and I will close this thread. 

                          • 10. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                            Benjamin Root MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                            Wow, that's a pretty bad photograph. Too bad that can't be shot again!

                             

                            I'll share my approach here. Decent results in about 10 minutes.

                             

                            IMG_20161009_183853.jpg

                            IMG_20161009_183853 Edit.jpg

                            The photo is pitifully small, so I started by seeing if it could be enlarged at all. I used the 10% method - enlarge by 10% repeatedly. Be very careful to not over enlarge. You simply can't make a 3x2 into a 12x8.

                             

                            Next I used several passes of both Smart Sharpen and Unsharp Masks. Use the lowest size of sharpening possible to minimize the sharpening artifacts on edges.

                             

                            After this, I headed into the Camera Raw filter. First, I raised the shadows to about 40 and also dropped the highlights a bit (not much). Next, I used the Tone Curve to add back in a bit of contrast, careful to only darken the darkest of shadows, while boosting everything else.

                             

                            Next up was dealing with those color casts...The HSL tab tackled this well. The main culprits were Purples and Magentas, but Blues and Reds played a role, too. The saturation was lowered the Purples and Magentas quite drastically, and the hues shifted towards the Blue. Blues were shifted a bit green, as well. Red saturation was lowered a bit.

                             

                            A radial filter and gradient over the upper-right corner and tv lowered the global saturation some, so the tv would appear a more clean black. The black point was pulled down, and color temp lowered just a pinch.

                             

                            Just a tad bit more sharpening (masked) while still in the CR filter, and also some noise reduction. That's about all there. Hit "OK"

                             

                            Back in Photoshop, a few more corrections. A smack of rotation with the Crop tool was called for, and a hint of perspective correction in Free Transform.

                             

                            Any edges with outstanding sharpening artifacts, a light touch with the Blur tool should take care of.

                             

                            That's about all.

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                            • 11. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                              leslie wand Level 2

                              well... if it's to be used in a commercial, then it really does require to be reshot professionally no matter what the client is trying to sell?

                               

                              not only is it badly lit, it's poorly framed and unless they're selling whatever's rolled up on the right on the table, it's a pointless shot, literally. even a magazine on the table would give it some interest....

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                              • 12. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                                Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional

                                leslie wand wrote:

                                 

                                well... if it's to be used in a commercial, then it really does require to be reshot professionally no matter what the client is trying to sell?

                                 

                                not only is it badly lit, it's poorly framed and unless they're selling whatever's rolled up on the right on the table, it's a pointless shot, literally. even a magazine on the table would give it some interest....

                                That's the best advice from this thread so far.  I said it was unfixable, but it is actually worse than unfixable.  If the client took the shot, then you are doing them a disservice even trying to make it better.  Say to them very nicely,  "How about we try shooting it again?   If you want your customers to think of you as professional, you need to give them your very best work."

                                 

                                If your client is a man, then ask him to bring his wife/SO along to dress the set.  Get rid of that roll of whatever it is.  In fact well done Benjamin for doing a nice job of upressing the image.

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                                • 13. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                                  postrophe Level 4

                                  Hi

                                   

                                  Wisely said and done Trevor.

                                   

                                  Pierre

                                  • 14. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                                    leslie wand Level 2

                                    trevor - a work of art indeed, no need for reshoot at all ;-)

                                     

                                    maybe they should get you to do their banners as well!

                                    • 15. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                                      crazysnake Level 1

                                      This is actually one of the better photos the client sent us.  Most of the others are even worse.  The client is across the world and I just received this project and was told to have it done asap.  Apparently this was supposed to be done last month but no one did it and now the client told my boss who is telling me to just do the project.  I already said that the materials were awful but I guess no one cares. 

                                      • 16. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                                        crazysnake Level 1

                                        Wow that does look a lot nicer.  I am very inexperienced with photoshop however so I don't know where to begin to do something like that.  My boss didn't even want me to touch up the photos because of the time constraint but I insisted because of the extremely poor quality. 

                                        • 17. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                                          terris86415680 Adobe Community Professional

                                          Own up Trevor, you found where the original location was, had Chris paint and decorate it and then took some more photographs

                                          • 18. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                                            davescm Adobe Community Professional

                                            Nice Trevor

                                            You could almost walk in and have a look round

                                             

                                            Room.gif

                                             

                                             

                                            Dave

                                            • 19. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                                              Benjamin Root MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                                              crazysnake wrote:

                                               

                                              This is actually one of the better photos the client sent us. Most of the others are even worse. The client is across the world and I just received this project and was told to have it done asap. Apparently this was supposed to be done last month but no one did it and now the client told my boss who is telling me to just do the project. I already said that the materials were awful but I guess no one cares.

                                              They never care...until they see the final results.

                                              • 20. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                                                Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional

                                                davescm wrote:

                                                 

                                                Nice Trevor

                                                You could almost walk in and have a look round

                                                 

                                                Room.gif

                                                 

                                                 

                                                Dave

                                                ROTFL!  Outstanding Dave.  Is that After Effects?  It didn't take you long to work it all out.

                                                 

                                                Terri, I'll have you know Chris asks my advice about what clothes go together, and I am a proper bloke that never reads instructions, and can't see things on shelves, when they are right in front of me.

                                                 

                                                Benajmain, how did you upress the image?  I know it has lots of squarish lines that will tend not to show jaggies, but there are plenty of diagonals, and the quality is remarkably good.  Never mind.  I just read your post again.  That's surprising. Chris Cox and Jeff Schewe both got involved ion a thread about upsizing a few years ago, and Chris said that the 10% method made no difference, and that none of the after market upressing plug-ins did a better job than Preserve Details.

                                                 

                                                Here you go:

                                                Re: What are the best practices for upsizing an image?

                                                 

                                                Jeff's article 'The Art of the Up-Res' seems to fallen off the edge of the planet, unless someone knows where to find it.  He has a couple of related articles still out there though

                                                The Right Resolution - Digital Photo Pro

                                                http://www.pixelgenius.com/tips/schewe-sharpening.pdf

                                                • 21. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                                                  davescm Adobe Community Professional

                                                  Hi Trevor

                                                  100% Photoshop

                                                  I used the Vanishing Point Filter to set the perspective grids. Then checked the "Return 3D layer to Photoshop" option in that filter.  Then in 3D some quick camera animation with key-frames.

                                                   

                                                  Dave

                                                  • 22. Re: Need help with making interior shots look nicer
                                                    Benjamin Root MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                                                    Trevor.Dennis wrote:

                                                     

                                                    Benajmain, how did you upress the image? I know it has lots of squarish lines that will tend not to show jaggies, but there are plenty of diagonals, and the quality is remarkably good. Never mind. I just read your post again. That's surprising. Chris Cox and Jeff Schewe both got involved ion a thread about upsizing a few years ago, and Chris said that the 10% method made no difference, and that none of the after market upressing plug-ins did a better job than Preserve Details.

                                                     

                                                    Here you go:

                                                    Re: What are the best practices for upsizing an image?

                                                     

                                                    Jeff's article 'The Art of the Up-Res' seems to fallen off the edge of the planet, unless someone knows where to find it. He has a couple of related articles still out there though

                                                    The Right Resolution - Digital Photo Pro

                                                    http://www.pixelgenius.com/tips/schewe-sharpening.pdf

                                                     

                                                    Good read, Trevor. How you upres does depend on the image. Actually, upon testing, using the 10% method does lead to slightly less detail in the floor of the OP's image. So it's good to try several methods to find the best result.

                                                     

                                                    In all fairness, the enlargement process is more than the upres itself. In fact, much of the final result will fall upon the sharpening approach, and exactly how you execute the process.