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Creating a simple mask in the Layers module


Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Creating a simple mask in the Layers module

Creating a simple mask in the Layers module provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Abba Shapiro as part of the Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8
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  1. 1m 10s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
  2. 4m 32s
    1. What is the Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      1m 39s
    2. What's new in Perfect Photo Suite 8?
    3. What's the right version of Perfect Photo Suite for you?
      1m 27s
    4. Installing the software
  3. 3m 7s
    1. Understanding preference settings
      1m 49s
    2. Getting to know the browser interface
      1m 18s
  4. 14m 1s
    1. Importing media into the Layers module
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing and transforming layers
      4m 56s
    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
    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
    4. Solution: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
      11m 34s
    5. Challenge: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
    6. Solution: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      16m 5s
  13. 32s
    1. Next steps

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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.

This is an introductory course produced by RHED Pixel to help both beginner and seasoned photographers quickly realize the benefits of Perfect Photo Suite 8. We are honored to host this training in our library.

Topics include:
  • What is Perfect Photo Suite 8?
  • What's the right version for you?
  • Installing the software
  • Importing media into the Layers module
  • Making quick fixes with the Enhance module
  • Adjusting skin tone in the Portrait module
  • Applying effects presets
  • Creating masks
  • Resizing images
  • Integrating Photo Perfect Suite with Lightroom, Photoshop, and Aperture
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Creating a simple mask in the Layers module

Now the masking brush isn't the only way to reveal a lower layer, in the layers panel. Let's go ahead and step into the layers module, we're going to use this image called Add Clouds. And once again, we want to make sure that when we open it, we open it as layered Photoshop file. I really like this image of the U.S. Capitol, but I think the sky isn't as exciting as it could be. Now, I could go down and use the masking brush and slowly paint everything out, but a lot of times when you just want to be able to add a sky, or just take away a whole chunk of an image, you can go ahead and instead of using the masking brush you can use the masking bug.

Now I'm going to select that and you'll notice that across the top, I have different choices to work with. That mask can be a default shape, it could be a vignette, this is very useful if I wanted to darken or lighten or actually have other parts of an image revealed behind or in front of my current image. I could also do linear, and I can do that left and right or top and bottom or flip flop it, and then in addition to that I also have some choices for Gradiance. Radio gradiance, or circles a regular gradiance, and reflect gradiance, where I can work with the top and bottom of an image and mask that out.

I'm going to go ahead and do a traditional gradiant. And as soon as I select that, I can go down to my image and I'm going to just click and we see that the gradient exists. And you'll notice as I move this line up and down I see a checker box. That checker box indicates what's transparent and. Below that I see the solid image. I have a lot of controls here I can work with on the interface. If I grab one of the outer lines, I can actually control my feathering, or how smoothly it transitions between transparent and solid.

I can go down to the middle line. And move it up and down. And if I needed to rotate it, I could go over here to this little nodule on the right side and tilt it, and sometimes this is useful if you don't have a perfectly straight horizon. So I'm going to go ahead, make that straight, bring it down right here where the Capital starts. And you'll notice that, it works perfectly for the straight line, but I'm actually losing the dome. So I'm going to go back to the brush that we learned to use earlier, and that's the masking brush, I'll select that.

And now instead of painting out, my image, I'm going to use it to paint in my image, and hit the x key to switch back to paint in. And I'm going to simply go over here and start painting it in. If I want to be really precise about the edges, I'll switch the perfect brush on, and now when I go over to the edges, it's going to give me a much cleaner edge for when I need to add my sky. Now if I add a little bit too much, let me go ahead we're going to hit the zoom tool, I'll switch over to my brush again, the B key, and the X key to paint out and now with the perfect brush selected I can paint right around the edges of the Capitol dome, and do a quick mask out.

Let's zoom out full so we've removed most of the area for our dome, I could paint it out a little bit if I wanted to. And now I want to bring in some sky so I'm going to jump back into my browse module, bundled with the Onone Perfect Photo Suite are a series of extras, and this has backgrounds and borders and textures. We're going to jump into backgrounds and inside of backgrounds we're going to choose skies. And I have all these different skies that I can put behind the US Capitol that have a lot more drama.

So I'm going to arbitrarily choose skies 09, I'll select it, jump back into the layers module. In this case I want to add it as a layer. Because I want it to go into the same project that I'm working on. I'll press OK and as you see in our layers module we now have the clouds but they're on top of the Capital and I want them to be behind it. I can simply grab my skies, drag it below the add clouds image and you can see right now that I have these wonderful clouds behind the Capital, and I can reposition them if I want by jumping over to the transform tool.

And sliding them up a little bit higher, and I can go ahead and refine the edges by the dome and the top of the building to make sure we don't see any of the other sky peeking through.

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