In most cases, editing jewelry photos in Photoshop are done for Retouching purposes. It is a way of editing jewelry images to enhance their quality in order to attract buyers. When it comes to editing jewelry photos, no other software can allow you to show your versatility as much as Adobe Photoshop does.

It has some powerful tools which exactly you need to do your work with precision. This article will guide you step by step on how to edit jewelry photos in Photoshop.

Types of editing tools used in jewelry photo

There are no tools in Photoshop that are used specifically for images containing jewelry. Whatever tools we are going to use are more or less the same tools you use to work on other images. The following tools are used to edit jewelry photos-

1. Selection Tool: The selection tool is essential for proper editing as it gives you control over the objects on the image you are working on. You can use your preferred selection tool while working on a jewelry photo. For example Lasso Tool, object selection tool, quick selection tool, etc.

2. Pen Tool: When it comes to making paths precisely, nothing comes close to our good old pen tool. You can easily make your paths into selections whenever you want. 

3. Background Removal Tool: If you want to cut out the jewelry from the image, this is a convenient tool for you. You can find this tool in the property panel by the name of ‘Remove Background’

4. Clone Stamp Tool: Jewelry items are often found with different types of patterns engraved on them. While editing those images, Clone Stamp Tool could be a great help as it takes a sample pattern from a source and paints that pattern on the destination. 

5. Brush Tool: You will be needing the Brush Tool especially if you are working on a layer mask. It lets you reveal/hide certain portions of your photo. Also, you can make your brush strokes into selections if needs be. 

6. Spot Healing Brush Tool/ Patch Tool: Spot Healing Brush Tool helps you to remove unwanted spots from the jewelry. Patch Tool allows you to take some good portions of your image and put it on the bad portions. The way it blends those portions is impressive.

7. Dodge and Burn Tool: Dodge and Burn Tool helps to increase/decrease the shininess of the jewelry. Dodge Tool works on the highlight of the image to make it brighter Burn Tool works on the Shadows to make it darker.

8. Gradient Tool: This tool also helps with the reflection of light on your jewelry image. It picks your preferred colors and put them in gradient form in your preferred selection range  

9. Color Replacement Tool Brush: This tool helps with the color correction of your image. If you want to change the color of specific portions of your jewelry image, This can be a useful tool for you.

10. Blur Tool: Blur Tool allows you to create realistic shadows and reflections of the jewelry and make them appear more natural.

How to Edit Jewelry Photos in Photoshop

If you know the Concept of Layer and masking, it should be easier for you to edit jewelry photos in Photoshop. Just follow the steps below- 

Step 1 

Open Adobe Photoshop and load the jewelry image. You can simply drag and drop the image on Photoshop as well. Make sure it is a High-resolution image. Higher the resolution of your image, greater the editing results you can get.

Step 2 

You can separate the jewelry from the background for retouching purposes if you feel necessary. To do so, go to the property panel and click ‘Remove Background’. Add a custom background or a white solid color background from the layer panel.

Step 3 

Make a selection over the jewelry using your favorite selection tool. We recommend using the ‘Pen Tool’ to get a precise selection. Now duplicate the selection to a new layer to keep it safe by pressing ‘Ctrl+J’

Duplicating The Layer

Step 4 

If your image lacks Contrast and Brightness, take a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer from the layer panel. You can also use the Level adjustment layer (Ctrl+L) or the Curves adjustment layer (Ctrl+M) to fix the bright and dark pixels of the image. You can create a layer mask to apply your effects on certain portions of the photo while leaving the rest.

Step 5 

You can add shine to your jewelry in this step. There are several tools to do so, but we recommend Dodge and Burn Tool. Press O to select the Dodge tool, and keep the range to Highlight to paint over the bright pixels to make them brighter. The burn tool does the opposite and works on the ‘Shadow’ range. You can press and hold the Alt key to toggle between Dodge and Burn Tool.

Step 6 

In this step, you can remove any unwanted spots, marks, or scratches from the image if there are any, using ‘Spot healing brush tool’. You can fix the color of the jewelry by adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer or simply using Color Replacement Tool Brush. To use the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, you need to select a portion of the jewelry where you want to fix colors. Then open the hue/saturation panel and select a color. You can also pick colors by dropping the hand icon on the following panel.

Once the color is selected, you can change the color easily. ‘Color Replacement Tool Brush’ also works with similar logic. You will find this tool in the brush panel. It constantly takes color samples from the picture while you paint and replaces the sampled color with your desired color. You need to use this tool slowly and check for tolerance values to get the best result. If the tolerance value is too high, You may change the color of an unwanted object.

Step 7

If you need to fix the patterns engraved on the jewelry, use the clone stamp tool. To use the Clone Stamp Tool, select it from the tools panel or press ‘S’. Select a sample from the nearby source areas holding the ‘Alt’ key and paint over the destination areas. Hold Alt (Mac: Option) Shift and tap on the Arrow keys (left, right, up, and down) to nudge the Clone Source. Hold Alt (Mac: Option) Shift < or > to rotate the Clone Source.

Step 8 

After fixing everything, the last step is to create a realistic shadow or reflection. To create a shadow, draw a shadow using the brush tool, increase its feather, and apply the gaussian blur tool from the ‘filter’ dropdown. Reduce its opacity to make it appear natural. To make reflections copy a section of the image, paste it on a new layer, flip and position it, and change the layer blend mode to whatever mode suits best with your image. Finally mask it.

Step 9 

Save and export your work.

Frequently Asked Question

What is jewelry photo retouching?

It is a process of editing images containing jewelry to enhance its quality in order to attract the audience. It includes various enhancements such as brightness and contrast adjustment, dark and bright pixels adjustment, color correction, background removal, spot removal, and many more. This process is commonly availed by jewelers for Business purposes. 

How do you make jewelry shine in Photoshop?

First take a Brightness/Contrast layer to adjust Brightness and Contrast. Then use the Dodge and Burn tool to add shine to your image. The Dodge tool works on bright pixels and makes them brighter and the Burn Tool works on dark pixels and makes them darker. You can press Alt (Option on Mac) to toggle between Dodge and Burn mode and ‘[‘ or ‘]’ to increase/decrease the size of your brush.

How to photoshop jewelry images?

Bring the image you want to edit in Photoshop. Make a selection of the jewelry using the selection tool you are most comfortable with. Go to the curve adjustment panel or simply press Ctrl+M (MAC: Cmd+M). This will allow you to adjust/fix the bright and dark pixels of the selection. Now create a shadow in a new layer. To do so draw a shadow using the brush tool and adjust its feather. Go to Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur to give it a more realistic blur effect. Adjust the layer’s opacity to make it look natural. 


There are neither specific orders for going through the steps mentioned above nor specific tools to do so. If you are more comfortable working with any other tools mentioned above and can produce greater results using them, then you should use them instead. We recommend you master as many tools as possible since specific tools work with specific types of jewelry images. So, there you go. That’s how to edit jewelry photos in Photoshop.