Shine Gonzalvez wrote:...any chance of a bit more detail on this step
Shine, you and a couple of others have prompted me to write this up as a tutorial. I started working on it last night but sleep took over.
Anyhow, at this point you want to separate the product from the background. In this case, the background really lacks interest. However, the reflection of the product presents a technical issue. You can't completely remove it as it is a nice visual element, and you can't fake it by inverting the remote (it never looks right). For isolating the product from the background you need to create a clipping path around the remote and create a layer mask from it. You can use your favorite technique here (marquee tool, lasso took, quick mask, etc.)
Unfortunately the bottom part of the product blends into the table because it is very dark. One way to overcome a problem like this is to create an exposure layer, pump up the exposure until you can clearly see the edge of the remote and make your mask selection from that. This is going to make all your spot removal work really stand out. Temporarily turn off visibility on your spot removal layer. Once you have made your clipping path and generated a good layer mask from it you can get rid of the exposure layer. Use the Refine Mask
utility to clean up and soften up the edge a touch.
The layer mask can be on the background layer as at this point you should have blank layers above it with the spot removal work only. To create the background layers you will need to unlock the background layer. Also, link the background and spot removal layers together so they don't become misaligned. If you are comfortable with the spot removal you've done you can also merge that layer with the background layer at this time. While merging layers mid work is often not advised except to accomplish certain effects, in this case it is a minor sin.
With the layer mask on the background you should see just the remote and it's reflection. Create a new blank layer and drop it below the product layer. Pick a nice color for your background gradation. Make sure it is not too bright as it will be blending into black on the outskirts. Too bright a color and the effect looks blazingly bright. With the gradient tool set to radial, drop in a nice background onto the blank layer. For mine I started the gradient on the dash between the RC
on the faceplate and then dragged it to the far upper corner.
For the tabletop, I copied the background layer (remote layer) and clipped all but the horizon line out. I was left with a thin strip along the bottom of the page with a section of remote control visible. You will need to remove that bit of remote out as the next step will not work well unless it's removed. You can use whatever quick and dirty method you choose. I just did a content aware fill and it was gone.
Once you have removed the remote off the tabletop apply Motion Blur
to it in a horizontal blur. Not too much, just enough to eliminate the dust and scratches. Move this layer behind the remote but above the background gradient. In order for it to look like it belongs there apply a bit of transparency to that layer until it looks like the tabletop is reflecting some of the background color.
Hope this helps.