Photoshop has become an essential tool in my graphic design career. Often I’ll receive image files for clients which need to be cleaned up or contoured (deep-etched for the old skool designers). But sometimes an image needs extremely detailed retouching work to make something that’s impossible look possible, or even create a photo-realistic image from scratch. These are some examples of such work.

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Retouch: Wine bottle labels

Often in graphic design, you need to create realistic mockups of packaging to give the client an understanding of how it might look once produced. This is an example of a wine label which has been retouched to look as though it exists on a wine bottle. As with all photo retouching, an awareness of […]

Retouch: Miscellaneous product mockups

Often in graphic design, you need to create a realistic mockup of some packaging or another object to give the client an understanding of how it might look once produced. These are some examples of artificial three-dimensional mockups I’ve created of my work. For each of these, I’ve only had the original artwork file, and...

Retouch: Subnormal CD artwork

The artwork for the Subnormal album Theory For Evolution required some heavy Photoshop work to create a fire that would do exactly what I had in mind. Several images of fire were purchased through online stock libraries. Because the images were from different photographers and different shoots, I needed to firstly colour correct them so...

Retouch: Kawasaki Ninja Fest image

A direct mail campaign for Kawasaki needed a concept. I was given an image of the Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, the Kawasaki and Ninja Fest logos, and a tight deadline. The purpose of this direct mail piece was to raise awareness of an event showcasing the new Ninja motorcycle. I decided to create an image combining […]

Retouch: Realistic cork board image

A recent video project for client needed to have a large-scale (6000 x 4000px) image of a cork board, with various movable and editable items, such as photographs, stickers, and other pin-able items. The video storyboard pans around the cork board to reveal photographs and video provided by the client. As we could not...

Retouch: Artificial Sun

When ANZ rebranded, one of the stipulations in the style guide for the Institutional sector of ANZ was that all photographic images needed to have a clear blue sky, and the sun. While sourcing images with these elements in itself is not difficult, finding these images which also have a relationship to institutional banking is […]