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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 there are times when a quick fix is not what I want to do. I want to have a lot more control with my brightness and my contrast and what not, and underneath quick fixes, I have several disclosure triangles that I can open up, and I see sliders now that allow me to control the nuance of all these quick fixes. So if I wanted to, I could actually bring down the brightness, bring up the contrast. I could actually open up some of my shadows. I'm going to switch over to the histogram, just so you can see what happens in the histogram as I move these sliders.
So I'm going to make my shadows or bring out some of the detail, and the highlights, I don't want these clouds to be so blown out, so maybe I'll go ahead, and bring down and protect some of the highlights. And as I go down there's a lot of other sliders I can work with. I can add a lot more detail to the image making it sort of a HDR-type look, and I can control the colors, and that was one of the things that was bothering me. I felt there was not enough blue in the water. Instead of just changing the temperature and the vibrance, I can actually go ahead and bring the temperature cooler and control the tint a little bit and also work with the vibrants.
Now, there's a nice little button here. We don't have a face in this image, but one thing happens when you sometimes saturate an image, and that's if you have people's faces in that image. They tend to turn, like, orange and glow. And if you simply click on reduce the vibrance in your skin tones, it will protect the skin tones, and because people don't all have the same hue and saturation of their skin tone, I can click on this little eyedropper and select the skin that would be in a person's face. Let's go ahead and turn that off since the only people are in that boat.
And, as you see, I can also add a vignette as well as sharpening. So these controls work pretty much the same way the quick controls do. And of course, the vignette and the sharpening work pretty much the same as we saw with color and tone. I can go ahead and put on a vignette, and if I wanted to work with that, I can simply click on advance and control the size of that vignette as well as the position if I wanted to focus on a certain area.
Now lets go ahead and turn the vignette off because I want to show you one more very useful tool that you'll use in the enhance module. And that's over here we have both a Retouch brush, which you would use on a person's skin tone, and we have that Perfect Eraser that we saw earlier on. Now I'm going to select that and zoom in a little bit. Let's go back to the navigator and switch to 50%, and instead of holding down the shift key, I'll actually switch to the hand tool, and I can drag this over.
But that's really cumbersome. So I'm going to jump back over here to the navigator, and I can actually grab this little square. And I'm going to hover it so I can see that speedboat that's bright red, that's driving me crazy, and I want to erase it. I'm going to switch over here to my Perfect Eraser, and now simply grab my cursor, paint over that boat. When I let go, it's going to use the surrounding part of the image to replace what was the boat and now these folks are gone.
It's a great way to clean up your image. Let me go ahead and make that a little bit smaller, and I'll try to remove this boat right here. And as you see it got a little bit of the area above it. So I'm going to make it even smaller. Zoom in a tad more. Move my cursor right over to that spot and slowly paint away that area. Let's go ahead and let it fit in the frame. And as you can see, the speed boats are gone. I have the Boston Harbor and a lovely sailing ship.
And I'm ready to save and close my document.
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