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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, once you're finished working on your image, you're ready to distribute it. And one of the areas that you're probably going to distribute it is the web. You're going to either put it on a webpage or maybe you're going to have a portfolio or you want to send it to a client. So, you need to be able to send out perhaps smaller versions and non-layered versions. So, you'll want to export say JPEGs or TIFFs or you might want to save Photoshop documents and you probably want to scale them down. And the Resize module is going to be the secret to getting this done efficiently and quickly.
The Resize module allows you to take your finished images and scale them up, if you need to print them larger, or scale them down. Now, you can access the Resize module from the Browse module, or any of the modules you may be working in. I'm going to access mine from the Browse module. We're going to work with the sunset image. Which is a camera raw file, but I can also use a JPEG or a TIFF file or any file that onOne Perfect Photo Suite can read. I'm going to select resize and step directly into the Resize module.
Now, one of the choices you need to make is what type of file do you want to create when you resize your image. You can create a Photoshop file, a .PSD. And what's really neat about that is it supports layers. So, if you have a, a Photoshop file and you want to scale down its size, instead of being 5000 by 4000 pixels to say, 2000 by 1600, you can do that using the Resize module. You can also create TIFF files or JPEG files if we need to. In this case, I'm going to simply create a nice sharp TIFF file.
I'm going to keep the default for the color space. I can do this as eight or 16 bits. Since I've already finished the image, I'm not going to worry about my, having that extra detail for a 16 bit. And I'm not going to worry about the resolution right now, because I can change that once we step into the Resize module. Once inside the Resize module, if you look on to the right side, I can change the width and the height of the image, and I can also focus on different things, like the settings, how we're going to scale it up, how we're going to scale it down.
I find it a lot easier to use the presets that are already available to me. If we take a look at the presets, they pretty much fall into two categories. You have presets for if you're going to send it out for a specific type of printer and a specific type of, say, paper or canvas. And you also have ones that are presets for the web or for video or for IOS devices. Now, let's go ahead and open up the one for IOS devices. And you'll see I have choices for iPads and iPad 2s and iPad 3s.
If I click on any of these, take a look at what happens on the right side. It tells me my potential file size as well as the actual width and height of the image and gives me a cropping box that I can adjust to what part of the image I may want to use. If I go right outside the corner I actually can rotate the image, if for some reason that it isn't straightened, but we're going to keep this back at the default. And show you a couple of the other changes that happen when you switch between some of the other presets.
So, if we went to an iPad, of course we have the resolution of the full iPad 3, 2000 by about 1500 pixels with a resolution of 96 pixels per inch. Now, if I switch to a different type of preset, for instance, say web or email, and I'm going to choose social media. It's going to change the default size and it may change the resolution, depending on what I choose as my preset. Now, as I go from social media to SVGA, you'll notice it'll drop down to say 600 x 800.
If I jump to SXGA, which is a larger screen resolution, we have it at 1280 x 1024. So, it calculates exactly what you need for your sizing. Where it really comes in very handy is what if you need to export an image that's going to be used in a video editing program. You can simply go ahead and choose the resolution of the video editing program. Say 1920 x 1080, and you see that the aspect ratio has changed to the constraints of high definition television. There are a couple other settings that you may want to adjust within the Resize module.
As we scroll down, you can choose what type of image you're actually compressing. Which is really how much detail is in the image so it knows really how to crunch it or to stretch it. So, for instance, if you're working with a portrait, you're going to probably want to use a slightly different algorithm than if you did something that's very high detail. Additionally, you can go into a sharpening module and again you have a choice for whether you're using progressive, unsharp mask or a high pass and if you really want to know what the details about what the math is behind these selections it's really good to check out the manual from onOne.
As you scroll down you'll see other options such as tiling and gallery wrap. Gallery Wrap is something we're going to examine, when we look at some of the other presets, when you're preparing something to export out to say being printed on canvas or to a resin coated paper. A hybrid, between these Gallery Wrapped images, and these web images, are the Photo Lab images. And, as you see, these are your standard four by sixes, five by sevens, eight by tens and we're going to explore those in a little more detail in the next lesson.
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