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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 by now you should have a pretty good understanding on how to use all the sliders and the brushes and the adjustments in the black and white module of Perfect Photo Suite. But I'm a huge fan of a one-button solution that's either going to get me all the way to my finished project, or 90% there, and the presets in the black and white module are amazing. Let's take a look at some of those presets, and how we might want to tweak them to take them to the next level. Now my screen is still set up in a layout that it was in the previous lessons.
And I want to go ahead and bring back that left pane, and I can do that with either the drop down window and say Show Browser Panel, or use the keyboard shortcut that's illustrated. Or, if I want, I could click on this little area here, and have it pop out immediately. Now, once inside there, I have my on one user presets, and I really do like these. They've really defined these into different centuries and different styles. So for instance if I wanted to give this a 19th century look, I could go ahead and either click on the disclosure triangle, or I'm going to go ahead and click on my little square boxes, and look at all the different variations that I can do with this image.
So if I wanted it, say a nice aged paper, I could simply go ahead and double click to select that option. And once I'm there, I can go ahead and modify it I need to. For instance, bringing down the green to darken the background. Now this is really nice but I really want to give this one of those 1940s looks. So I'm going to see switch over to Hollywood Portrait. And if we look at this list, we can see that they've actually named many of the looks after a couple of famous movie stars.
We have both the Bogart look for Humphrey Bogart and, I'm guessing the Ingrid look for Ingrid Bergman. Now, I like the Ingrid Warm, I'm going to start with that, I'm going to simply select it. And this is a great place to start but it's not exactly the look that I want, but it gets me where I want to be initially. I want to go ahead and bring down the green because I don't want to see any of that background, and by now its actually too dark. I'm not seeing all the detail that I want so I could go ahead and grab the slider.
Brighten it up a little bit, and even bring up some of my shadowed areas, so I can see a little bit of the detail, in that large headdress that she's wearing. I'm pretty close to what I want. I think a Vignette and maybe some Glow will give me the image that I really desire. So I'm going to go down here, under my Vignette. I'll bring the vignette down to make it a little bit darker. I want to change the size. I want to bring it down so we can really focus on her face. And I want it to be a nice soft transition. So I'm going to slide that to the right.
I like a rounder vignette, and if I wanted to I can see what it looks like under soft or with normal or with subtle and I think normal is really giving me what I want to make it pop. Now let's go ahead and add a little bit of glow. I'll keep it at Soft Light even though I do have some other choices I could play with, and then I just want to add a little bit more to that Halo look, just to soften my image and finally bring in a little bit of color. So I'm going to go to the Blending slider, draw that down, a little, just so we have a hint of color.
And as you notice, as I do that, my green does pop out a little more, so I could go over here, select Targeted Brightness, and bring that green all the way down. We'll bring that up a little bit and I think I have the perfect image that I'm looking for. I really do like this look. As a matter of fact, I'm going to go ahead and save this. I'll simply go up under Preset. I can choose Save Preset. We learned how to do that in a previous lesson. And, as a matter of fact, I'm going to give you this preset, and you can import that and use it on any one of your images or any of these images.
So, as you can see, the black and white module is extremely powerful. And you can do a lot more than just desaturating an image. You can create monochrome images with the exact look and feel that you want, and really take your photography to the next level.
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