Is that the highest resolution you have? If you paste the full res version here, it would make it easier.
Thank you for taking the time to review my question. Unfortunately, this is the highest res file I currently have. As I mentioned, I want to make sure I can recolor the edges of the gold leaf on this type of photograph before I purchase the hi res version. Otherwise, I will ask my client for a new photo shoot to eliminate the shadows on the edges.
Looking at it again, I can see that it is a stock photo, so unlikely to come in a larger size. Goodness knows why they would try to sell pictures of jewellery with all that damage though. So my approach would be to produce from scratch with Photoshop. I can't see what is going on near the chain, so had to guess.
- Make the outline with the pen tool and fill with the gold colour. (Note you can Free Transform a path to make it bigger) Give this layer a bevel & emboss and check Texture. Choose a texture from the drop down list and adjust settings for best effect.
- Make a new layer and stroke the outline with a hard brush, and give it a bevel & emboss using the W shaped gloss contour curve.
- Paint the veins with the brush size set to Fade, and adjust the fade amount for the required taper.
- I used a couple of custom shape layers near the clasp, but like I said above, it was just a guess. Give them the same bevel & emboss.
- The chain was made with a brush I made for another project, but there are tons of gold chains on Google images.
This sort of project is good practice, and way more fun than tarting up photographs. It took me longer to write this thread than to make the pendent (well almost )
It would be better on a high res sample but try this:
Use the clone stamp onto a new layer with blending mode set to lighten.
Uncheck "Aligned" in the clone stamp options, sample from a good area, and stamp away (as opposed to brushing) over the image where there is black. The lighter areas will not be affected.
Thank you. The necklace was handmade by a client and photographed at a local studio. It is not a stock photo...just a low res proof. Impressive how quickly you were able to design something comparable!
Thanks so much!
Fantastic! Thank you!
Gaak! Took so long making and saving a video that it was answered 3 times in the meantime! Oh well. Posting anyway because.
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Fantastic. Thanks so much Michael! Really appreciate everyone's quick and thorough tutorials.
Goodness knows why they would try to sell pictures of jewellery with all that damage though.
I think this is just a rare accident. This piece appears to have a very grainy and broken-up surface, and that's what you see.
Normally when shooting gold or silver you have two options. One is to shoot in "white-out conditions", using a tent to diffuse all light. That would probably have been the best option here.
Very often though, the result looks dull and flat. To add some sparkle and contrast, a better way is often to use a large soft box in a dark room, so that you get a play of light and dark. Carefully set up, this usually shows jewellery and similar objects in the most flattering way.
So they probably had a standard setup that works 99.9% of the time - only not here...
Many years ago, several camera manufacturers released special display/collectors edition gold-plated cameras, and Modern Photography magazine shot a group of them for the cover. They shot them in a white tent, but they just didn't look "Gold". They ended up liming the walls of their white tent with yellow seamless background paper.