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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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So now we're going to look at stepping into the layers module. And, I'm on my desktop and I'm going to step inside the exercise files, and you'll see a bunch of folders, no images. That's because I need to dig down a little bit deeper to the images that I want to watch. Now, I'm going to step into the layers folder and, I have two images here and I want to point out that I have a .psd, and I also have a JPEG. Now, I'm going to go ahead and open up the Rembrandt JPEG. And if I double-click on it, it actually brings it full screen.
And now I want to launch it into the Layers module. So, I'll click on the Layers module and I'll get a dialog box. And I have three choices here. I can edit a copy, which is what I probably want to do. I could edit the original, and that's pretty dangerous because it overwrites the original file, and you'll really be in trouble. So I never select that. And I can also add as a layer, which means I'm going to create a layered document. And this is used generally when you already have one image open and you want to stack additional images on top of it and blend them together.
Now another decision you need to make is, what file format is this project going to be saved as. And you have three choices. It can be a Photoshop file. And that supports layers, and that's generally what I like to use. You could also save it as a TIFF. Now that means it's going to be flattened, so you can't make changes afterwards. And, of course, you could save it as a JPEG. But not only is this lossy because it's going to be compressed, but again you don't have the layers to work with. So by default, I always open it up as a Photoshop document which supports layers.
A couple of other choices you can make, are what's the color space? And it will default to the color space of the original file, so I generally leave that alone. And now I have to choose whether I want it to be 16 bit or eight bit. Now, to put it simply, eight bit means I have less color information to work with, and a smaller file, and 16 bit means I have a lot more color information, but a lot bigger file. And I'll tell you, it's a lot easier to make something smaller from a higher resolution. Than to start with something of lower bit depth, and try to expand that.
So I always work in 16-bit. It's a bigger file, it may slow down your machine a little bit. So if you have a really old machine, it's a good reason to use eight-bit. But, for most machines that were made within the last few years, 16-bit is the perfect choice. Once I've done that, I'll simply click on OK. And it will now launch this image in the layers module. Now let's go back and open up another document. So I'm going to step back into the browse module. A I want to show you something that you might see if you open up a Camera Raw file.
Let's go back into browse and You'll probably be greeted for the first time you go back into browse with this dialog box, and that says you have files already open, and that they're going to stay open even though you're going to open up another image. Usually, I turn this off. It's a nice little warning, but let's not be bothered by that again And now we're back in the browse module, I'm going to jump back in to the exercise files. Let's go ahead and move in to the enhance folder, because I know I have a Camera Raw filee of the light house.
Now watch what happens when I open this. I'm going to select it, and this time I can right click, and say edit in perfect layers. It's the same thing as if I clicked on the layers module, on the upper right hand corner. Now the one thing that is different here, is that edit original is grayed out. And I wanted to point that out because no matter what, if you have a camera raw file, Perfect Photo Suite won't let you modify the original image. Now if I leave it at Edit A Copy and I say okay, you'll notice that it will launch this image as a separate tab.
And these are actually two separate projects that I can work on. Now let's suppose I wanted to add another layer on top of one of these images. The first thing I need to make sure I do is select the image that I want to add the layer to. So I'm going to go back to the Rembrandt image and I'm going to add maybe some texture to it. So with that selected, I'll go back to my browse module, and now I'll go over to my folders on the left side and you'll see there's a folder called on one extra. Now these are images that come bundled with the software, and there's a variety of images from backgrounds to borders and I'm going to take a look at some of the textures.
I'm going to double click on that. And I want to pick something to give this a nice aged look. So in this case, I maybe want to put some fabric as a layer on top. So I'm going to go ahead and select that. I can see the image, and I want something nice and warm, so maybe this image here, croc. I'm going to simply select it and go back to the layers module. You'll notice I get that same dialog box, but this time I'm going to choose add as a layer instead of edit a copy. And now when I say okay this texture is laid on top of the Rembrandt image.
Now I'm ready to start manipulating the upper image, maybe giving it some transparency. To give this image the look that I want.
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