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Exploring tools

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Now, I'm working with the image that we previously created. There's also a masking tool or a brush where I can paint out part of an image.

Exploring tools

Now, I'm working with the image that we previously created. If you want to open this image up, if you go back to your Works in Progress folder, it's 03_02 Rembrandt. And you'll open up the image, and it'll look just like you see on my screen. Now, as you see, I'm picking up where we left off in the last movie with this image. And I want to show you some of the tools, that are on the left side of the layers module. Now we've already learned about the transform tool. There is a cropping tool if you need to reframe your image, as well as a trim tool.

Now with the trim tool, when you select it. Make sure you select which layer you want to actually trim. There's also a masking tool or a brush where I can paint out part of an image. And I am going to go ahead and bring the opacity up full and let me switch this back to normal. And as you can see I can go ahead and use this brush to actually paint away part of the upper image to reveal the lower image. Let me go ahead and undo that, and we'll continue to work down the list.

I'm going to turn off the upper layer because I want to show you some of the things you can do with a photograph, without having to go into any of the other modules. The next tool is incredibly useful, it's called the Perfect Eraser tool, and it basically allows you to select an area and replace it with the parts of the image that are around it. Now, this image is pretty good, but I think I can go ahead and clean this area of her shoulder off just a little bit. So, let's zoom in. And you can easily zoom in to any area by clicking on these little preview buttons, so we have it currently set to fit, but I can set it to 25% or 50% or even 100%, which is a one to one pixel ratio.

Now, I could select the hand tool to move it, but I'm going to simply press the space bar and slide over to where we're zoomed in to this area here that I want to clean up. We're going to select the perfect eraser tool, that's the Q key And, I'm going to make my brush a little bit bigger with my right bracket. We're going to erase this layer, now remember, this is the tricky part. Always select the layer you want to work on. And I can't tell you how many times I select the wrong layer, and I kick myself, and thank heavens there's an undo key.

So let's go ahead. Make sure you have the Rembrandt layer selected. And now I'm going to paint out this little area on her shoulder. And I don't want to get too close, because it's actually going to use the areas around it. And I can do this in steps. So this removes some of the area and this works really well if you don't have an edge to work with. So, we could go ahead and keep trying the perfect eraser tool, but another tool is a little more appropriate, and that would be the cloning tool.

And this is very useful when you're in a situation where you have, say black on one side and then material you want to keep on the other. With the clone tool selected, I can hold down the Option key and choose what area of my image I want to copy on top of this part of the image. Not only is this useful for me creating more black behind her shoulder, but if I wanted to extend a detailed pattern, the Clone tool is perfect. Let's go ahead. Press the Option key. Select this black area over here, and as you can see, I can paint out this extra material with a matching background so we don't even know that we had that extra material showing.

In addition to these tools, there's a redeye repair tool as well as a retouch brush which allows you to remove imperfections and spots from your image.

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Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

53 video lessons · 1695 viewers

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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