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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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I'm no Rembrandt, but I really do like this look that we created in the previous lesson and I don't want to lose it. And it's really easy to save this as a preset. All you need to do is go to the preset drop down menu and select save preset. You'll be greeted by this new preset dialog box, and let's go ahead and give it a name, Rembrandt. And then we have to put it into a category. Now, you can't modify the existing category so we're going to create a new one, and I think I'll call this. Abba's Presets.
We'll select okay. Now, you could say who the creator was, and this is useful if you're going to be shipping this preset off to somebody else, and then a description is nice. I'm going to simply click on Create, and now if I go to my presets tab, we see Abba's Presets, as an option, and inside that folder is my Rembrandt preset. Now let's go ahead and test this out, and see how it would look on a bare image.
I'm going to simply go over here and remove all of the layers from the original image by hitting the Delete Selected Filter button. And now we're back at our original image. To apply my Preset, I can simply double click on it, and it puts all four layers on top of my image, and it creates a new empty layer above it in case I wanted to modify this. I'll go ahead and remove that empty layer because I find it a little bit distracting. And one of the things that did not come across was, I had painted out a little part of this filter where her forehead was.
And that's a good thing because as I would apply this to different images, I may need to customize or modify my filter. As a matter of fact, let's see how this filter looks on a couple of the other images in our exercise files folder. I'm going to hit cancel to get out of this. And now, we're back in the browse module, and we'll look at our exercise files, and there's two files I'd like to try it on, one is in the portrait section, and that is our soldier, so, I can simply select the soldier, open it up in the effects tab.
Once it's open in the effects tab, I can go over to my presets and apply these four layers to my image. Now, I really do like this look, but again I want to tweak it a little bit. I think because his face has so much detail, I need to increase the glow factor so I'm going to go over to glow, go down to the bottom. We'll increase the Halo, and we'll increase the amount of the glow. Let's scroll back up to make sure that vignette is turned on.
And I don't quite see a big change, so I'm going to go back to the glow layer, and I'm going to see what my blending mode is, because that could really affect things. So if you notice, when I go down to the glow filter, it has a soft light strong blending mode. I can try different blending modes to see if I can make this glow a little bit more. I think soft light strong is still the best. What happened was, my layer opacity for the glow effect is only in the low 40's.
If I bring that up, it will affect the entire image. So let's bring it to a nice, happy medium, turn back on our vignette, and we're good to go. Now I want to see how this will look on another image, so let me go ahead and hit cancel. We'll click ok, and we'll step back into the exercise files, and this time we're going to take a look at an image we haven't used yet, and that's in the black and white folder, and it's this image here which I don't necessarily think would work but who knows. Let's go ahead and select it, open it up in the effects module.
And as soon as it opens, I'm going to apply my custom Rembrandt filter. Actually, it works pretty well. I really like the way that it adds texture to the green screen. And just like with the soldier, I can go over to my filter stack, and make adjustments to any of the layers. As you can see, creating your own Presets, is not only a great time saver, but when you can't remember exactly how you built something, having saved it as a Preset, gets you almost all the way there.
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