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Abba Shapiro introduces Perfect Photo Suite, eight powerful modules that allow you to enhance photos, add effects, swap backgrounds, retouch portraits, and convert color photos to evocative black-and-white images. Perfect Photo Suite can be used as both a standalone application and integrated with Aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Abba covers both workflows, and delivers three different adjustment challenges, which help you test your skills.
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So we've erased some of the blemishes, we've lightened some of the, the laugh lines and age lines, and now we're ready to really dig deep into our retouching. If you look over to the right side, you have a lot of sliders that you could work with, and you'll notice that the sliders have actually already been moved a little bit to the right. It started correcting its best guess for fixing the skin tone. Now I can see the before and after simply by doing one of two things. I could turn on and off the preview.
And as you can see, there's a little smoothing that's already happened. I could also go to this drop down and go to an after or a before. Well what I want to do I want to find out exactly what it's determining as skin versus the rest of the image. And to do that I'm going to switch from this before or after choice, to one of my mask choices. I'm going to switch over to the white mask. And I can see very easily, that it found the skin really, really well.
But there's a couple of areas, like in the hair, which it thinks might be skin. So it might be smoothing hair, when that should have detail. And it missed a little bit on the neck. I'm going to zoom out just a little bit with the Cmd-minus key. And if I wanted to add some area to the neck or remove some area from the hair, all I have to do is paint over it. Because when I'm in this mode, I have a brush and I can simply brush out, what should be hair. And if I want to add skin, I can go over here and switch from Not Skin, to Add Skin.
The keyboard shortcut for this is X, which is really useful, because I can easily toggle back and forth, in case I overshoot. Such as there, I simply want to hit the X key and I can go ahead and paint that out. So I'm going to paint in a little bit more of the neck, and maybe remove a little bit of the hair over here. Now I know I'm just working with her skin tone. I'm going to go ahead, switch back to the After choice.
Zoom in just a little bit so we can really see what's happening, and now start working with the sliders. Now, I can't fully see everything on the right side of my screen. I have a lower resolution monitor, so it looks a little clearer for you to work with. So, if you want to scale back to the size of your screen, just go ahead and you can press the little resize button, now we see everything and now I can work with the sliders. The first thing I may want to do is play with the Blemish sliders, and as I move that to the right, it starts removing the larger blemishes on her faces.
It doesn't really smooth things out, but it's useful for removing, of course, age spots, or if the person is young and they have some sort of acne problem. You can easily erase those with the blemish slider. I can go ahead and smooth out the skin, now I use this with caution, because a lot of times people pull this way over to the right and everybody looks like plastic Barbie doll, and it immediately looks like they've been retouched. The art of retouching a person is making them look like you see them in real life, versus erasing every possible line.
When you meet somebody you don't look for their lines, you don't see lines in their face, you see the person! So my goal is to make this look like the person that I normally would see. And I can work with a lot of elements, if their skin is shiny, because maybe it was a hot day, or the sun was shining on them. I can go ahead and move this slider to the right and it removes some of the shine. And if I needed to add texture back in, I can go ahead and add texture in with the texture slider, and that makes the skin look a little more natural. The best suggestion is to play with these sliders and constantly switch back and forth between turning the preview on and turning the preview off.
Now another slider that's very useful is something called Evenness. And if you look at a person's skin tone, there's probably parts of their skin that's redder or darker or lighter, and you want it to be more natural or more fluid. And that's where evenness comes in. So, I can go ahead and move that slider over, and if I really go all the way over to the right just to prove a point, you see that it will smooth out the skin but now it looks a little bit flat, it's too even. So let's go ahead and bring that back and a lot of times I only use this if the person has very rosy cheeks or rosacea.
And I want to make sure there's a nice, smooth skin tone. Acne's another situation where I may use Evenness. Now, there's a check box here which says Face Only. Now in this case, we're really lucky, because her face is fairly isolated, because the dress is a high collar. And we have the green background. But suppose it was a wedding dress that was off the shoulder. I may want to switch from Face Only to the entire body. Now, when you do this, be a little bit careful because sometimes it will affect other parts of your image.
We'll switch back to Face Only and slide down and look at some of the other controls. Now the Color Correction slider allows you to add a little more warmth or skin tone if the person happens to be blown out, or even if they're just pale. Now you can play with these sliders all day, and you won't see much of a difference until you start working with the Amount slider. And as soon as I move that over, you can see how it's affecting the image. Once we've done that, let's go back, pull back some of the warmth.
And probably pull back the Amount a little bit. Now there's also an Ethnicity drop-down menu, and of course different ethnicities may have different skin tones. So whether the person is white or black and so forth, it's best to choose the skin tone that matches their ethnicity. Now once we've done that, let's continue down and take a look at how it works with both the eyes and the lips. Now I can easily whiten the eyes, and if I bring it all the way over it might be too much. People don't have really incredibly bright white eyes.
But it's great for removing some of the redness in eyes, or maybe if a person has duller eyes. Now, what's really nice is the Detail slider. And to really show this off, I'm going to zoom in a little bit closer. And as I slide the detailer in the eyes, it really makes them pop. And by making the eyes really sharp, the image looks much sharper. Now, again, just like with skin retouching, you can go overboard with the eyes where they don't look natural. Once you move things to the right, think about it for a little bit and pull things back.
Now if there's a situation where you like how sharp the eyes are, but you're seeing a little bit of fringing there, simply go back to your mask, and you can see where that overlap is. And now I'll simply click over here, get my brush back, and make sure you switch it from Not Skin, if you have that set back to Skin. I'm going to hit the X key and I can simply paint out all that extra area, such as her eyelashes, because I don't want those affected.
And now when I switch back, you'll notice that I don't have that red fringing as much. Now let's move down to the lips, and we can go ahead and play with this slider. Now, sometimes these lines may be distracting, so if you look at the top of your screen, there's two buttons, there's one that says Reset Face on the right and this one is Hide or Show Mouth and Eye Control. By clicking that, you no longer see this area that's being highlighted but you're still affecting it, so if you notice I pull the vibrance up, it's going to brighten her lips, which is a little bit crazy here.
So this is really good if the person wasn't wearing a lot of lipstick, but in this case I really don't want to push it. Again, if I need to, because I might have a little bit of overflow there, I could switch back to show my controls and just bring this down a little bit to make sure that the upper lip is not affected. Let's jump back, full screen, zoom into just her face, and look at the image before and after our retouching. If you wanted to you can actually look at this either side by side or split screen by clicking on this button here, and it switches you between different viewing options.
So if I wanted to, I could have her face dead center and on the left side is before and the right side is after. This is a very efficient way of working so you have perspective on how you retouched your image.
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