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Photo Treatment: A Delicious Hamburger

January 9, 2010

In this tutorial we will edit a photo of a hamburger, making it looks more delicious but not very artifical. Light and a few adjustmes like deleting little holes of the bread makes a lot of difference. It´s not very difficult to do this editing but it requires a lot of attention  to details and patience. I hope it can be useful 🙂

Here is the preview of the photo at the end:

And here is the image I´ll use for this tutorial.

Step 1: Light Adjustments

First, you must know I´m working with CMYK mode and all images I´m showing below are screenshots.  Let´s start adjusting the light of the image. The hamburger would look much more delicious if the image had better contrast, was brighter and had more yellow. So, go to levels and change it really just a little bit like the image below. Then, go to curves and, on CMYK pull it down a little bit, in yellow pull it up, and in magenta and black pull it down too.

levels

curves

Step 2: The tomato

Now copy the tomato to another layerand make it bigger (be sure that all the adjustment layers are on top). Then, in another layer, paint the selection of the tomato with the color #81271b. Use the gaussian blur with 3,9 pixel radius and put the layer opacity in 75%. Duplicate this layer and put the second one above the tomato layer. Make the height much smaller. It´s the bread´s shadow on the tomato.

Step 3: The bread

Copy the bread at the top to another layer and make it a little bigger. Then, in a layer below, paint the selection of the bread with the color #dddddc. Posicionate this “shiny” in way it doesn´t stay over the tomato, and make it a little bigger.

Step 4: Final corrections

There´s some ugly holes in that bread, let´s fix that. Just copy clean areas to a new layer and put it over the ugly ones and adjust with free transform. I another areas all you need to do is to use clone stamp or dodge, like in the sesame. And the meat is ugly too, with the green vegetable coming out of it. Cover it with a clean meat area. And, for adjust this copies, merge then with the original layer so you can do some clone stamp.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. kooosto permalink
    January 10, 2010 12:46 am

    IMHO, there is a little more to add to the correctiong, something like this http://www.dropbox.com/gallery/885456/1/burger?h=bf2968

    • January 10, 2010 1:48 pm

      But I guess yours have a very saturated green.

      • kooosto permalink
        January 10, 2010 4:49 pm

        Maybe it could be less saturated, I agree. The main point for me is the balance of white.

  2. Randy T permalink
    January 10, 2010 12:22 pm

    Dang, I’m hungry.

  3. January 10, 2010 5:42 pm

    Ok, kooosto, maybe the plate could be a little more white. What I tried to do here was a focus on the hamburger and the yellow helped to do this.

  4. January 10, 2010 6:07 pm

    Essa deve ser a mesma tatica do McDonald’s e cia

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