In situations where there are large furniture items Tim Salix will set-up multiple studio lights, attached to silver-lined 2-metre open reflectors firing backwards, to provide consistent lighting across the product. This type of reflector is also better suited than traditional enclosed diffuser softboxes to photograph reflective finishes such as leather, wood, plastic and painted surfaces.
Furniture is photographed on a neutral backdrop and is cut-out creating a transparent background using vector tools in Photoshop that ensures a clean edge for printing or placement onto coloured backgrounds. The shadow captured on the backdrop, as an option, can be cut-out as a separate layer giving the greatest flexibility for design output.
A cost-effective alternative extraction not using Photoshop is available for small through to medium sized furniture. This provides a cheaper solution to the time-consuming extraction using the Photoshop cut-out method. There are some disadvantages to this approach, the principle one being it is not possible to incorporate shadow into the images.