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How to make food images not so dried out


Question

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The skewer looks a lot worse than it actually tasted (juicy and tender). In photoshop, what are some methods to make this look more appetizing?

2014/08/07
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8/7/2014 7:51:00 PM

This is one of those things that is easier to fix during the actual photo-shoot, instead of with post processing. The main reason it looks 'dry' is because of the harsh lighting (you can tell by the shadow under the plate) - choosing a more indirect, and more warmer light will make this look more appetizing.

There are a bunch of other tricks such as spraying it with some oil when you're done to make it look shiny, or under-cooking certain meats to make it look more plump.

Anywho, here's what I came up with in Photoshop:

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What I did:

  • lower contrast via curves, also overall brightness
  • color balanced to make it look warmer
  • dodge light areas of food
  • burn darker areas
2014/08/07
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8/7/2014 7:31:00 PM