In the middle of wedding season, it's easy to turn days off into idontwannadoanything days. Today though I decided to play around with a few of my favorite things: beer, lights, camera, and photoshop!
The original image was a great shot of the bottle; it's nice and crisp and lit the way I like. The background however? Ugh. The first few shots had my couch covered in blankets in the background... I had hoped they'd fall mostly to shadow but light was spilling out (I need grids...). I opted to hang a mostly solid colored blanket behind it and try again because I knew this would make it much easier to cut out later. If i had it to do over again I would have used white paper or some other color that was far from the color of the bottle. As it stands this color made seeing some of the edging by the top difficult when selecting the bottle out of the background.
After a little under 40 minutes in Photoshop this is what I had. I probably could have worked on it a bit longer and touched it up a bit more (some of the edges aren't exactly perfect) but I'm pleased with it overall. Many thanks to http://www.phlearn.com for the quick and dirty tutorial on spicing up bottle photos!