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Understanding filter stacks and mixing presets


Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Understanding filter stacks and mixing presets

The effects presets by themselves are pretty impressive. And I'm starting to feel this age a little bit.
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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 1s
    1. Importing media into the Layers module
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing and transforming layers
      4m 56s
    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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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.

This is an introductory course produced by RHED Pixel to help both beginner and seasoned photographers quickly realize the benefits of Perfect Photo Suite 8. We are honored to host this training in our library.

Topics include:
  • What is Perfect Photo Suite 8?
  • What's the right version for you?
  • Installing the software
  • Importing media into the Layers module
  • Making quick fixes with the Enhance module
  • Adjusting skin tone in the Portrait module
  • Applying effects presets
  • Creating masks
  • Resizing images
  • Integrating Photo Perfect Suite with Lightroom, Photoshop, and Aperture
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Abba Shapiro

Understanding filter stacks and mixing presets

The effects presets by themselves are pretty impressive. And we learned in the previous lesson that you can mix adjustments gradients and adjustment brushes in multiple layers. Now let's take a look at creating multiple layers with multiple effects and blending them together. To create a really cool looking image. Now, we're going to work with the Rembrandt JPEG. I want this to look a little bit vintage, so the best place to start is the vintage preset.

Let's go ahead and open up the vintage presets, so we can see them pretty full screen, and scroll through to pick something that might work with this. Now because we're going that Rembrandt look, I want it to look a little bit more aged. And, I think that red yellow option is going to do the trick. So let's go ahead and select that. And I'm starting to feel this age a little bit. Let's go ahead and scroll down, see if there's and sliders that I want to adjust. And there it is as a red, yellow option, and I could go under here and change that.

Now I have a gut feeling that I'm not going to like it if I change it. So, I'm going to go ahead and stick with this oatmeal default. And that's a pretty good look. And maybe I'll bring the saturation up just a little bit to really give it that reddish cast. Now, the next thing I want to do is put some sort of texture on this. Make this the feel a little more aged. And there's a lot of great textures under the texturizer drop down. And once again, I can simply scroll down and see all my choices.

And all I would need to do is hover my mouse over these and click. And it changes so, this is something that's important. By clicking, I've replaced that really cool antique filter that I like. So let me go ahead and hit Undo. What I need to do to add additional filters, is to go over to the right side, and simply hit the plus button here, and that's going to add a new Empty layer. And I can go ahead and add filters to this empty layer.

Now, I could go back to the left side, but since I'm already on the right, I'm going to scroll down and I'm going to choose my filter from this drop down menu. So, remember we wanted to add some sort of a texture so I'm going to simply select the texturizer. And once I'm in the texturizer, I can go down and choose my options. Well, there's a preset that's cool concrete and I don't want that and maybe this black leather is something that would look pretty cool. And I like that already but just to show you that I don't have to select everything right off the bat I could hover my mouse.

Over the different preset options, and see how they would look. Now, this could be pretty cool if I go ahead and kind of erase the part that's over her face because I don't like that detail. But the black leather is pulling me back. So let's go ahead and select black leather, and I'm really getting this pretty cool feel, it already feels a little bit more aged. Now this is under a category called Fabric and as you see there's a slew of options here. There's Natural which is going to give you clouds.

There's Metal which is going to give you a different type of texture. You can even put text as a layer. But we're going to stick with. Are leather, and need to pull it back a little bit. So I wanted to blend it in. I don't want it to be too strong. Now, I have two options here and I want to make sure that I work with the layer opacity because that's going to affect just that layer preset that I have. And I can bring that down a little bit. Just so that the leather doesn't fully obscure her face, and if I wanted to, I could even go over here to my brush and click on the masking brush and once again, like we did earlier, I can select the opacity and bring that down just a little bit.

And now with the brush. Just paint out some of the area that's over her face. So I see it over the background, but I don't necessarily have that texture on her face. I actually want to go back here and make this a little bit bigger but do, want to make sure that I. You really do see her face kind of nice and if I overdo it I can hit the X key and I can bring it back a little bit and there we go. Now, let's jump back over to the right side and I want to work with my blending mode. So as you see my blending option is set to normal and I want to try a couple of different choices now.

We learned earlier that I could simply just. Float my mouse over the different options. And, obviously, these are horrible. So, let's go up to something that we might like a little bit better. We could look at a Color Dodge. I think that blows it out too much. I'm a big fan of Overlay and Soft Light. So, there's Overlay. And there is soft light. And they both have a slightly different vibe but I want to crush the blacks a little bit so, let's go ahead and select Overlay. And it's really starting to give me that texture and feel that I want in a Rembrandt image.

Now I want to soften the image so we're going to add a third filter, so of course we have to go back and hit the plus key. Now we have a new blank layer to work with, and I want to use a glow. So I can go over here to the upper left hand side, and I can type in glow. And I can see all of my different glows, and simply as I go over my different glows, I can try the different ones out. Now I really think the Angel glow is the best choice, so let's go ahead and select that. And as you see if we go over to the right side, that we now have our glow.

And I can go ahead and turn off that top layer to see what it is with and without. So that's without and that's with. And I'm going to come over here to the far right side and scroll down, and maybe tweak my glow up a little bit. I'm going to take a look what a strong glow might look like. I actually like that, it made the darker areas a little darker and kept the light areas a little more blown out. If I didn't like that, I could go down here. and choose how I want the glow to affect the image.

By default, was unlightened, but look what happens when I do soft light strong. That really changes the feel of the image. And if I just go back to soft light, it shouldn't be quite as luminous, but. Again, not really the look that I'm trying for. So let's go back. Try darken. Compare it to lighten. And maybe we will go with lighten. So now I have my three filters but it's important to realize that filter order matters.

So if we scroll back up to the top, we see that the glow filter was put on top of my texture. Now what would happen if I grabbed that glow, and I moved it below the texture, and let go? Now we would have the vintage, a glow on top of that, and then our texture. If you notice when I slid it down, it turned off the texturizer, and to turn it back on all I need to do is click on the little i to make it active, and i can see the difference. Now, if i wanted to very quickly toggle back and forth between the two options, I could simply undo a couple of times, and then redo.

As you can see. Filter order matters and also choosing which blending mode and how much opacity can affect the final look of your image.

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