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Organizing and transforming layers


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Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Organizing and transforming layers

Now that we have a couple of layers in our document, as Now, I don't want to add this as a layer.
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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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Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8
3h 41m Appropriate for all Apr 14, 2014

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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
Subjects:
Photography Plugin
Software:
Perfect Photo Suite
Author:
Abba Shapiro

Organizing and transforming layers

Now that we have a couple of layers in our document, as a matter of fact, I've saved this document in a specific folder. If you go ahead and step inside your exercise folder, you'll see a folder called Works in progress. Now, I'm going to go ahead and open this and my folder is going to look a little different than yours. I only have one image in mine. You actually have many images, because all the images that I will be creating through out this course, I'm going to save in this folder. So you can have incremental steps to work from. So the first thing I want you to do is go ahead and open 03_01 Rembrandt.

And this is actually a Photoshop document. So any Photoshop document that you open up that has layers will automatically open up with layers. So, I'm going to simply select it and then open it up in the layers module. Now, I don't want to add this as a layer. I'm going to edit a copy because I want to work with just this file. I don't want to layer this file on top of another file. So, i'm going to say edit a copy. I'll click OK. And as you see, we have our texture on top of our image.

Now, there's a lot wrong with this. First of all, we can't see the person. And second of all, it's actually not the right size. So the first thing I want to do is select the texture that I've laid on top and I'm going to go to one of my tools. This is the transform tool. And I will select it, and at this point, I can actually make this bigger or smaller, so I could go ahead and grab the corner. And you'll notice that as I grab the corner or smaller it actually changes the aspect ratio.

Now, I'm going to go ahead and press the escape key, and go back to the original layer. And this time if I hold the shift key down, you'll notice if I make it smaller or bigger, it maintains the aspect ratio. So whenever scaling an image, always hold down the shift key so you don't make the person say, shorter and wider or too tall and too thin. Now another thing I could have done is instead of grabbing the corner, once I've selected the transform tool, I can go over here and click on the fill button.

And this is going to scale this image to fit my entire canvas. Once we finish scaling our image, we can simply press the apply button and now we are out of the transform tool and we are ready to modify our picture. I'm going to grab the Rembrandt image and put it on top of my background and all I have to do is click on the layer that I want to move and drag it to the position that I want to be. Now I have this image on top of the background and I can start using a lot of the tools within the layer mode to blend these images together.

One way I could do that is to use the opacity slider and that's to make the top layer a little more transparent or translucent and we can see the background. Another way I can blend layers together is to go to this blending mode and if I click on this, there's a variety of choices that I can work with. Now if you have worked in other photo applications such as Photoshop, these may be familiar to you. One thing I really like about the perfect photo suite is that I don't have to select and make a decision on my blending modes, I can simply move my cursor on top of each blending mode and see exactly how it's going to look before I commit.

So for instance, if I wanted to see what say, soft light looks like or if I wanted to see how overlay would work, I can see how the two images would blend together. Now, in this case, the linear dodge gives me kind of a cool look. Let me go ahead and select that. And I want to point out that you can combine your blending modes with your opacity to get a different look and feel for your image. Now I think this image looks kind of cool, but it's not really what we originally set out to do. So let me go and ahead and bring the opacity full, I'm going to switch back to my normal mode and move the image behind our textured layer.

Now I can go ahead and lower the opacity and change the blending mode. Now you'll notice nothing has changed. Now this is something I want you to be very careful about. What ever layer is selected is the layer you are affecting. So I actually made the bottom layer more transparent. I'm going to go ahead and press this little eyeball. And and that's going to turn off the top layer and we can see that the layer below is no longer opaque. Let me go ahead and make that solid again. Turn on the texture and select it.

And now with that selected I can go ahead and make it more translucent and then add a blending mode to get the look that I want. You can use the up and down arrow keys to quickly step through all your different blending modes to see one that works for you. And I think lighter color works perfectly, because now it looks more like a background, as opposed to an overlay. Blending modes and opacity is only part of what's really cool about working with layers. There's a lot of tools in Perfect Photo Suite that will allow you to bring your image to the next level.

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