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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's a lot of times I'll be working in Photoshop and I want to leverage some of the effects or some of the capabilities of Perfect Photo Suite. And they integrate together really, really well. Let me show you a couple of ways that I would work with Photoshop and Perfect Photo Suite. For instance, if I'm working with this image of the bride and I already have the mask done. But I want to be able to do a little bit of complexion work and I don't want to go through all the steps that I might have to do with Photoshop with layers and blend modes and smoothing and blurring.
I just want to do a quick fix to the skin tone. I can select that layer, and I can send it to Perfect Photo Suite. And there's a couple ways you can do that. If you go up under File, there's an option to Automate. And you see I can automate to any one of the modules that I want. But even easier and quicker is I could go ahead and open up a specific window and it's under extensions, after you install it, called onOne. And now I have a drop-down window with all of my options, from Perfect Black and White, to Perfect Mask, and Perfect Portrait.
And that's exactly the effect that I want to use. So, I'm going to go ahead, click on Perfect Portrait, and from with inside there, I can go to my Recently Used or, I'm going to jump into the actual module. Once inside Perfect Photosuite in the Portrait module, I can select Preset. So, I'm going to go ahead and choose Female. And I'll just use the default setting. I want to click on the face, make sure things are selected right. So I may need to do a little bit of adjustment to the lips and to the eyes.
And let's go ahead and hide my controls. So now I'm going to go to some of the sliders. I'm going to just tweak up, remove blemishes, smooth out some shadows. A little bit of smoothing, and then I'm going to make sure that the eyes really pop. So I'm going to add a little more detail to the eyes. And when I'm happy with my final image, I'm going to simply click on Apply. It's going to apply the effects just to that one layer that I sent to Perfect Photo Suite and create a brand new layer within Photoshop with all my changes.
Now if we zoom in here, I can see, if I look closely at the skin tone, that I've done some subtle retouching here. Let me go ahead and close this pane. And I could play with my opacity slider, and bring in or remove some of that skin smoothing til it looks nice and natural. You'll also notice that I had a mask on this layer when I sent it to Perfect Portrait, and when it comes back that same mask is still available to me. Now, there are times when you might create something in Photoshop and you want to send the entire composite to Perfect Photo Suite and here's a great little trick that you can use.
I'm going to maintain that layer that I created, but I'm going to create a new layer in Photoshop. I'm going to simply hit Shift+Option+Cmd+E and what that will create is a brand new flattened layer above all my other layers and I can now send that layer as a complete element, back into Perfect Photo Suite and modify it. So for instance, if I wanted to I could select that layer, go up under File > Automate, and what I want to do is a perfect effect.
I am going to do a simple vintage look to this, we'll age it with a little bit of red and yellow. So it applies it to the whole image, not just to that single layer. I'll click Apply, and just like before it will return this completed layer back into Photoshop, we'll hit Cmd+0, so we can see the entire image. And, as you see, my newly corrected image is placed directly in my Photoshop document. And I'm ready to go. I really like the fact that when I'm working in Photoshop, I can send a single layer out to Perfect Photo Suite.
Or I can combine all of my layers and affect the entire image. It's a great way that these two applications work together making my job a little easier and a lot more fun.
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