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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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Now I absolutely love black and white imagery. And being able to take a color image and turn it black and white is one of the really cool things you can do within Perfect Photo Suite in the black and white module. Now, there's a lot more to black and white than just pulling out the color or desaturating an image. Let's go ahead and work with the image of the baby and I'll show you some of the nuances of turning something that's color into black and white. With the baby image selected, I'm going to select the black and white module. Now, as we learned earlier it's always good to edit a copy.
This is a jpg. I would never edit the original. And I'm going to go with the defaults that I've been using and save it with the layers and I'll simply hit OK. Now there are a lot of controls in the black and white module. If you look over to the right side, I can adjust things such as tone, color response the tone curve, I can add glow and film grain, but we're going to start with some basics, just so you can have a sense of what this image looks like with just a few modifications. Now it's always good when working with any image to toggle back and forth between, the finished image, and turning the preview off to look at the source image.
And if I look at this, I can see it's a nice image. The baby is brand new, probably a day old, and it's in shadow. So we're going to take advantage of a lot of the, sliders within the black and white module to enhance this image. So I'm going to switch the preview back on and this is the default. Now, I'm going to work exclusively with the sliders on top, the tone sliders. And I can bring up the brightness if I wanted to. And now we actually can see the image of the infant even better. But, it's a little bit soft, and then I can work with contrast.
Now if I pull the contrast way over to the right, that means that my whites are whiter and my blacks are darker. And in this case, I'm looking for a softer image versus a more contrasty image. So, I would go the other way. I'd bring that down a little bit so you can see the nuances in the shadows of the baby's skin. Now, you could also control your black levels and your white levels. So, if I go up here and slide this to the right, and I'm going to switch to the Histogram so you can see exactly what's happening to the image. But as I slide this to the right, my blacks are getting crossed, and again, this is very stylized, but not that soft look I want for a black and white image.
So I'm going to bring this down, and if I take the whites which have already been adjusted a little bit, I can move them over to the right, open up and show more detail in my whites. Or if I bring them all the way down to the left, it's going to lower the luminance values. Auto buttons are always good to try. A lot of times it gets you where you want to be without having to work with the sliders or with a good starting point. And what I really like about the black and white is that I can work with my shadows, my highlights, and my detail. Now let me show you how these sliders work.
If I go ahead, and move my shadow slider up, what I'm doing is I'm actually brightening up the darkest areas of my image and bringing out the details in my shadows. But in this case, of course when I threw the slider all the way over to the right and that's not a bad idea when just trying to figure out what a slider does. It's just, move it left and right all the way and you can see a dramatic change. But in this case, it's making the image a little flatter. There's no sense of punch or detail. So though I want to bring out some of the detail in the shadows, I don't want to bring it up that much.
Now the highlights is the exact opposite. If my whites, or my highlights are blown out, I can go ahead and slide that up, and it's going to protect my highlights. And if you notice the really bright areas aren't as blown out from me turning up the brightness. So we're going to find a happy medium where I like the way the picture looks. And then if I wanted to I can add more detail to this image. And, again you don't want to go too far but if you notice if I slide it a little bit to the right I'm actually seeing a lot more detail in the hair and I can see more detail in the hands.
And that's going to be a lot more dramatic, for this shot. So, I've kind of got this image where I like it. Let me go ahead and show you what it was like before. That was my image, it didn't do much here, and I liked the way this works. I would probably put a vignette on it to blur out the background, and we'll learn how to do that in a later lesson.
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