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Solution: Creating an old-looking image from a new one

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Video: Solution: Creating an old-looking image from a new one

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Solution: Creating an old-looking image from a new one

I can go ahead and hit the x key. So let's get ready to attack this picture. The first thing I'm going to want to do is pull the key or create the masks.

And now, it switches from not skin to add to skin. So we can get rid of that green background.

And I'm going to go ahead and make sure that this is all painted. If I want to be more precise, and I usually leave the Perfect Brush checked. And then we're going to go through all the That way, as I come to an edge and there's higher contrast, it will find the edge. steps of doing a little work in the Portrait mode. As well as adding a background, aging it, and then putting some overlays on it. And I won't have to worry that my brush will actually paint outside of the skin area. So the first thing I want to do is go from the Layers module into the Masking module. And you'll notice that if I'm careful, I can even get that wisp of hair. Now in the Masking module, I can see that this is a pretty solid green background. So I'm going to leverage the one button solution of removing the background. To make that wisp of hair to stay where I want it to be. And see how well the Masking module works. I think we're pretty good. It did a pretty good job removing most of that background. I'm going to error on the side of. I now have to focus on the edges where her hair meets the green. Maybe a little bit of haircut there. As well as the area within that hat to make sure Get the fingers. Now what's going to happen is when I run my automatic presets, it's going that I have the fine black lines, but none of the green. to clean up her head and her neck as well as her hands. So the first thing I want to do is, is zoom in. So I'm pretty comfortable with that. And I'm going to zoom in to this area right here. I know exactly what is not skin. And I could try the Magic Brush Tool without selecting any colors. And I'm going to go ahead, switch over to my Presets. Let me turn off the Mask and go back to After. And if I bring it in, it does an okay job. I'm going to select Female, and then I can It gets rid of most of it, but I still have some green fringing. choose what kind of solution I'm looking for. So we might as well remove this. Whether I want something more aggressive or less aggressive. And what I want to do now is actually go And I usually start with less aggressive and then manually tweak it. over here to the Drop and the Keep Color eyedropper. Now, I do find these little overlays a little bit distracting. So I definitely wand to keep anything that's So I'm going to ahead and hide those controls. black and I want to keep anything that's brown. And now, I can try out the different choices. I can select Full Body and that really smooths things out. And I want to make sure I keep this off white area because that's important. And I think that could be pretty good, but And there's a lot of shades of gray in here, just to show you, let's switch over to Natural. so it doesn't hurt to select a little bit more. That's a little less aggressive. And now, I'm going to go back and tell it what to drop. I really think that's much better. I want it to drop green. I can see the detail here. I don't necessarily see all the green. And now I'm going to go over to some of these sliders on the right. But if, I know that I click in that area I'll see it. I want to make sure that the eyes really If I really wanted to see all the shades, if I had a variety of greens. pop so I'm going to move up the detail there. I don't want to make them too white, even though I'm going I could switch over to before. to go ahead and put a layer of color and texture over her. I can tell right now, it's fairly consistent. And there's no need to go to whitening on the mouth since she's not smiling. I can see that with my eye and I can see that as I click. And the lips, she did a pretty good job with Let's switch back to the Mask mode. the lipstick, so I don't think I need to enhance that. Now when we select the Magic Brush Tool and start brushing away, Now, if I wanted to, I can go back up and I we really can start getting rid of some of that green area. can move the sliders a little bit to the right for blemishes. And it does a pretty good job, but I And a little bit more for the smoothing. want to really get rid of much green as possible. The shine's nice. So while I'm working here, I'm going to switch from And I want to even out the coloring on her face. the brush I'm using to the Color Spill Brush. And I want to make sure that it is black. And add a little more texture. So let's go ahead and select some black right here. I can also smooth out some of the shadows, so they're not quite as deep. And now we can override this color. Now we need to take a look at the, the color correction. So we don't see any green. Now I've zoomed in a little bit, so you can see what I'm doing. Go ahead and use the left bracket key to make this a little bit smaller. Let me go ahead and reset that. And this is nice, this way I can get rid of a lot of the green. If I want to clean up over here, I could try this brush. So I can reach my little button over here and turn Color Correction on. I'm going to hit the space bar, slide over a little bit. This seems to be working pretty well. And here I can smooth out and I can warm up her skin tones. Sometimes I would use the Chisel tool. And I need to choose her ethnicity and this is really nice. Because depending on a person's ethnicity, sometimes you want But if I'm really careful and I don't go too deep inside, this works perfectly. to be able to start at a common point. Now, if I actually went deep inside, you notice there's So, she's, she's very fair skinned. actually a color shift there, so you need to be careful. We're going to switch that over. I'm going to go ahead and hit undo to remove that. And I can dial in or dial out the amount of color correction on her skin. And let's go around and just, kind of trim any of the extra green off. It's always good to switch back between I'm going to add her hair color. your modified image and your original image. I didn't bring that in earlier. And I see right there, this is good. And we'll switch back to the Magic Brush Tool. However, I am losing detail that I like here. And again, patience So if I want to switch to that, I'm going to go back to my Mask. here is where it really pays off. We see these areas need to be fixed. So we're going to switch that is not skin. And if I want to get rid of this additional green area. I'm going to paint this in. I had lost some of the controls when I had stepped through the different versions. I could try to hit the minus key right on So let me very quickly, paint out the neck. the edge there to get a slightly different shade of green. And that's pretty nice. But I have a feeling that the best We're good to go. solution is going to be switching my tools. The last thing I may want to do is choose either the Helps a little bit, it might be removing too much. Perfect Eraser or in this case, I really want the Retouch Brush. So I'll go back over here. I can zoom in a little bit. And once again, switch over to the Color Spill Brush. Under the eyes with the Retouch Brush selected, I can It's needs to be switched from black to the color of her hair. just erase a little bit of the area under the eyes. And I'll quickly do that. And I'm going to go ahead and look at the area under the neck. Go back to the brush. And I just want to smooth it out, I don't want to erase it completely. And now, as I brush over this part of her hair. It works very nicely. So I'm going to change my opacities to say 50%. Now, if I need to bring back some of those elements. Option five will quickly jump me there. I'm going to go ahead and hit Undo. And now, I can simply just remove some of these deep lines and blemishes. And this is where you can really do some fine tuning. At 50%, I might want to go over it twice. I'll go ahead and clean up the edges. Just make these a little bit more subtle. I don't need to erase them completely. And then, we're going to go ahead to the next step. Well that's a fairly clean key. And I think we are pretty good on our image. I could work a little harder. And we're ready to jump back in to our Layers module. But you know, by the time I finish processing this image, I Now that we're back in our, our Layers module, I'm going to hit Cmd+0. won't even see the nuances of that little bit of green fringe. That's going to once again allow me to see this full screen. So let's go ahead and apply this as a Layer mask. And I'm ready to bring in a background. And now, I'm going to go ahead just for safety, I'm going to make a new layer. And I'm going to duplicate this layer. And the background that I really liked was in my extra's folder. And I want to take her into Perfect Portrait. It's under Backgrounds. It's an outside background and it is number ten. And just kind of make sure the skin is nice and smooth. Now, I found her face. Which is a nice water shot. I'm going to click inside. So I'm going to go ahead, bring that in as a Layer. It did a pretty good job. It's going to go on top. As a matter of fact, this is probably good enough, So we're going to ultimately slide this behind her. because it will be able to automatically sense her eyes. I want it to be bigger. But, you know, while I'm in here, I might as well tweak it a little bit. I don't want to hit the Automatic Fill because it's going to distort this. I think we're really pretty solid here. So I'm simply going to step back by hitting Cmd+minus. And one other area that I want to check is I want to Now I can grab the edge here. go over here and I'm going to click on the Face Edit Tool. If I hold down the Option key as I drag and I I'm going to zoom back a little bit. hold down the Shift key it will maintain the proper aspect ratio. And I'm going to switch from after, to show me a mask of red. And it will grow from the center versus growing from the sides. And this is going to tell me what it thinks is skin and what it thinks is not skin. Now that it's the right size, I'm going to And at this point, I can actually paint over these areas. go ahead hit the Enter key to accept the transformation. So, this is not skin, and I want it to be a nice red. And move this image behind her. I'll make my brush a little bit bigger. So this way I know that when I start doing skin smoothing, it's Now that it's behind her, I may want to tweak it a little bit. not going to affect all the detail that we have in the hat. Just so I can get a feel. And there's some great detail here that I don't want to miss out on. I kind of like that. See some of the rock. On the flip side, I want to make sure So it's not perfectly balanced behind her. And we're ready to move to the next level. that her neck and her hands are selected as skin. And that's going to be stylizing this. I can go ahead and hit the x key. And now, it switches from not skin to add to skin. Now I want to work on this as a complete unit so I'm going to go up here and go to Layer. And I'm going to make a new Stamped Layer. So now, I have a layer that is a composite of her and the beach. Now, just to make sure that I'm working with a perfect square and that I'm not going to be confusing the application. Let me go ahead and make sure that I do a full crop on this image. I don't want it to perceive some of that area that's to the right as part of the image when I put this next layer on. So let me go ahead and apply the crop. And now I'm going to send it over to the Perfect Effects module and I want to add a border. Now, I already know what I'm going to put on top. It's the torn paper, so I'm going to just type in torn. I can very quickly find it. There it is, my torn paper. So let's go ahead and select torn paper. And if I wanted to I can scroll down and I can tweak how this works. By the way, we're using Twin Paper 001. And I can shrink that image, if I want to. To make sure I don't lose any of it off the edge. I can also deal with the thickness and I think the default is pretty good. So I have the edges that I like. And I'm going to step back into the Layers module. And I want to overlay a texture on top of this. Now, we had found the outside one, but we're going to go ahead and close all of our backgrounds. And we're going to look at our textures here. And let's take a look at what our paper choices are. And there I have a Clean Edge, and see, the Old Parchment might be nice. That could work. Let's go ahead and try to Old Parchment as a new layer on top of this. And I'm going to go ahead and bring down the opacity a little bit. And I think what's going to make this work is the Blending modes. And all I'm trying to get here is some texture. That's kind of nice, it's very subtle. It's bringing what I want, which is the texture. So we are going to do a Color Overlay. We can bring it up a little bit. But we don't want to fade out the image. Because we are going to add one more element to make this look more aged. And that is we're going to create a brand new layer. And we're going to use it with this bucket. And if I click on this bucket it's going to create a Color Fill Layer. And I can choose whatever color I want. I'm going to choose orange. But if I needed to change the color, I can just click on it. And choose any area in the color wheel. But orange is what I want. I'm going to click OK to bring it in. And this is way too over the top. And that's where bringing the opacity down. And maybe bringing in a Blend mode is going to give me the image that I want. Now I'm going to play with this slider just a little bit to give it a more sepia or orange tone. And I think we're there. So, as you see, it's a lot of steps. But compared to where we started, I think this is a pretty impressive photo.

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Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

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Abba Shapiro

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  1. 1m 10s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
  2. 4m 32s
    1. What is the Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      1m 39s
    2. What's new in Perfect Photo Suite 8?
    3. What's the right version of Perfect Photo Suite for you?
      1m 27s
    4. Installing the software
  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
    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
    4. Solution: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
      11m 34s
    5. Challenge: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
    6. Solution: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      16m 5s
  13. 32s
    1. Next steps

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