How to add highlights on a product photo?

Hello graphicdesign StackExchange community!

I am trying to retouch my image (on the left) on Photoshop to replicate as close to the reference image on the right, but I am not able to create the white highlights.

I tried using the dodge or burn tool but it doesn’t work. Would appreciate if anyone has advice or could share links to tutorials on retouching realistic product images!

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This kind of thing is tricky, because there are no district shapes in the image for filters and selections to get hold of, so if you don’t already have separate elements for the shapes and details in the image then you are going to be doing some drawing.

In the following rough example image, I have done the following:

  • Draw a path that recreates the shape of the main logo and the circle.
  • Draw a rough shape around the top of the object where the soft highlight should be, fill it with white, then blur this shape and reduce it’s opacity until it looks natural.
  • Use the drawn path to mask the highlight area so that is does not run over the embossed logo and circle.
  • Use the drawn path again to create a black shape on the top layer.
  • Apply an outer emboss effect to this shape to create highlights where they are required and then set the opacity mode of that layer to screen.

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Hope that helps.

Source : Link , Question Author : yzk.evs , Answer Author : Westside

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