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Creating believable composites using the Effects module

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Video: Creating believable composites using the Effects module

Once you've done the best job you can with your mask and sometimes you can hit Now once we're in a layer's module, let's go ahead and do I'll switch over to the crop tool, and simply draw a So I'll go to the blur tool, I'm going to just grab the normal blur, and apply it.

Creating believable composites using the Effects module

Once you've done the best job you can with your mask and sometimes you can hit it right on the nail, and other times, it may be really hard to get it perfect. So, there's other things you can do to make your mask work. So we've got the mask as good as we're going to get it, in the time that we have, and I'm going to hit apply so we can go back into our layers module. Now once we're in a layer's module, let's go ahead and do a couple of tweaks to this image to really make it work. So the first thing I want to do is, I want to get rid of the sides, I don't need them, I going to simply crop them out.

I'll switch over to the crop tool, and simply draw a box around here, hit the enter key, and we're good to go. Maybe we'll take out some of the space on top, a little bit too much head room there, and I have a nicely balanced image I want to work with. Now, I could get away with using this, I do see some translucency, but again like I did earlier on in a previous lesson with the capital I want to make sure that the quality of light of the background and the gamma, or the blackness of the background, matches with the lighting and the blackness of the foreground.

The trick is, I'm going to select the background and duplicate it, and grab it, and drag it, and put it on an upper layer. Now if I go ahead and I reduce the Opacity, I can kind of see through it, but this isn't really what I want. I, I want to blur that background a little bit. So before I bring it down, I'm going to step into our perfect effects module and throw a little bit of a blur on there. So I'll go to the blur tool, I'm going to just grab the normal blur, and apply it.

And if I need to, I want to make sure that it's as blurry as it can be. So I'll scroll down here, and I'll choose normal blur, make sure it's all the way up, maybe add a little bit of a halo. If I need it even blurrier, I can go ahead, and add another layer, and apply another blurr filter to it. Now once, I'm happy with the level of blurr, I'm going to hit apply, we have our nice blurr layer on top, and here I'm going to go ahead, and work with the opacity and my blend modes.

So I'm going to go ahead and try overlay and soft light, those seem to be the best ones. Soft light is working for me, and I'm going to pull this down so we don't have a lot of blue on her, but you can see that when I turn off this layer, she tends to pop out and separates from the background. But with this turned on, she blends into the background a little more naturally, and it doesn't look like I've actually created a mask, and put her in a different location.

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Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

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Abba Shapiro
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  1. 1m 10s
    1. Welcome
      29s
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
      41s
  2. 4m 32s
    1. What is the Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      1m 39s
    2. What's new in Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      58s
    3. What's the right version of Perfect Photo Suite for you?
      1m 27s
    4. Installing the software
      28s
  3. 3m 7s
    1. Understanding preference settings
      1m 49s
    2. Getting to know the browser interface
      1m 18s
  4. 14m 15s
    1. Importing media into the Layers module
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing and transforming layers
      5m 10s
    3. Exploring tools
      3m 45s
  5. 9m 11s
    1. Quick fixes
      2m 48s
    2. Detailed adjustments
      4m 2s
    3. Understanding presets
      2m 21s
  6. 21m 32s
    1. Selecting faces
      2m 30s
    2. Working with faces
      2m 32s
    3. Removing blemishes
      2m 43s
    4. Adjusting skin tone
      8m 58s
    5. Blending
      55s
    6. Working with portrait presets
      3m 54s
  7. 33m 0s
    1. Effect presets
      2m 51s
    2. Modifying effect presets
      2m 52s
    3. Gradients
      3m 56s
    4. Adjustment brushes
      4m 26s
    5. Understanding filter stacks and mixing presets
      8m 6s
    6. Saving and using custom presets
      4m 53s
    7. Using lens blur to create bokeh, tilt-shift, and selective-focus effects
      5m 56s
  8. 26m 46s
    1. Creating a black-and-white image from a color image
      4m 25s
    2. Understanding tone and color response
      4m 25s
    3. The special brushes of the B&W module
      8m 1s
    4. Advanced Navigator adjustments
      5m 28s
    5. Presets
      4m 27s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Understanding the uses of masking
      5m 58s
    2. Creating a simple mask in the Layers module
      4m 47s
    3. Creating a simple mask: The Keep, Drop, and Refine tools
      6m 19s
    4. The Remove Background button
      3m 55s
    5. Refining your mask
      6m 58s
    6. Working with transparency
      4m 46s
    7. Creating believable composites using the Effects module
      2m 51s
  10. 21m 54s
    1. Resizing images for the web and digital distribution
      5m 42s
    2. Preparing your images for print
      7m 29s
    3. Using Perfect Batch
      8m 43s
  11. 11m 21s
    1. Lightroom
      3m 47s
    2. Photoshop
      4m 40s
    3. Aperture
      1m 37s
    4. When to use Perfect Photo Suite 8
      1m 17s
  12. 38m 56s
    1. Challenge: Masking and blending multiple images into one
      2m 6s
    2. Solution: Masking and blending multiple images into one
      7m 33s
    3. Challenge: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
      42s
    4. Solution: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
      11m 34s
    5. Challenge: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      56s
    6. Solution: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      16m 5s
  13. 32s
    1. Next steps
      32s

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