Retouching Cars in Photoshop

I had some folks ask me about how I retouch the cars I shoot so I thought I’d share some of the techniques by taking you quickly (quickly is the key word  here — it normally takes me about 45 minutes for a full retouch) but at least in this video I could show pretty much what I do during a standard automotive retouch, without making you watch me remove every little spot, spec and reflection (which is sadly, what I normally have to do, and that’s why it often takes so long).

So, basically this is just retouching 101 stuff â” if you really want to learn the “art” of retouching automobiles, you should watch Tim Wallace’s “Post Processing for Automotive Photography” online class. He’s very humble about it, but when it comes to retouching cars, Tim is “the man” so it’s totally worth learning his techniques.

Anyway, in the meantime I hope you find the short video I did above somewhat helpful.

Here’s wishing you an awesome Monday (well, as awesome as a Monday can be anyway). :)


  1. Good stuff! I’m sure it helps tremendously to try to minimize as many reflections as possible.

    Scott, are you still going to do that post on the classes that YOU would go to at PSW, not including your own? Wow, I just realized that I’ll be at the airport at this time in 2 weeks, waiting for my flight to Atlanta! Woo Hoo!


  2. This video was very helpful. I have a couple classic car retouches I am working on now and the reflections are so frustrating. I had not thought of using copy/paste. – thanks

  3. Very helpful! I’m not even into car photography, but If find videos that simply show editing and problem solving very useful – a great way of picking up lots of little tricks we might not have thought of.

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