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Understanding tone and color response


Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Understanding tone and color response

As we learned earlier, there's a lot more to black it really controls what happens with those bright, white areas.
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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 tone and color response

As we learned earlier, there's a lot more to black and white than taking the color out or desaturating the image. As a matter of fact, you can selectively take out different colors or maybe make the green darker, and the red brighter, and get a whole different feel and look. Let's take a look at some of the tone adjustments, and color response In the Hollywood image. So here's the default black and white image from Hollywood. And I'm going to do a couple things that you can see things better, as well as, this is a great work flow. If I'm not using any of the presets on the side I can simply drag that to resize it.

Or if I want, just simply click on it and it will close that panel. This gives me a lot more real estate to work with. And I want to do one other thing. It would be really nice to see this side-by-side with the original. So I'm going to go down here where you we see the letter A and I'm going to click on that and with one click I can see an A B comparison, A on the left side is the before and B on the right side is the after. So this is the default of the image, but think about creating a black and white image by putting different color filters. In front of it as you make it black and white.

So, for instance, the default of the filter presets would be none. And let me scroll down so you can see what we're working with. We're working with two areas here, the color response and then we're going to take a look at the tone curve. Let's step through the other buttons to see how a green, or a yellow, or an orange filter might affect our image. So if I click on the green, you'll notice that I have a different tonality than I did with none, and as I step through each of these, my image actually changes. And this is important to realize,because in the days of black and white film, different film types responded to colors differently, and that's how you could control the look of your final image.

These are very broad brush solutions. And if I wanted to, lemme go ahead and switch back to None. I want to point out what would happen if you dealt with these sliders. So in this case, maybe I want to work with just the reds in my image. And as I move that to the right and to the left, you'll notice that only things in the reds. Such as the lips and partially her skin tone are effected as I move the slider left and right. And this is a great way to control the final look of your image. So, for instance, if I wanted to go ahead and I played with aqua, it's going to effect the background a little bit because there's aqua in the green.

Now if I really wanted to pull down the background, I could go straight to the green slider and, move it down to the left. And, as you see I don't even have to worry about removing that green. I've darkened it and our image is probably 90 to 95% there. Now the other thing that I want to show you is the Tone Curve. Let me slide this down and we can take a look. Now this is a straight line and if you've worked in other photography applications such as Photoshop. This may be familiar to you but basically the tone curve allows you to control how much light and dark is emphasised in an image.

So for instance if I just simply grabbed it by the middle and moved it up, instead of being a straight line, it's now a curved line and we see that her face is brighter because that's in the midtones. If I moved it down, again it controls the luminous value of the mid-tones. Now the beauty of the tone curve is I can create multiple points simply by clicking on them and making them brighter or making them darker. Now if I go all the way to the right side I'm dealing with my luminance or my brightest areas or my white levels.

And as I grab this and bring this down, it really controls what happens with those bright, white areas. And this is kind of nice because now I'm bringing those levels down and it's more subdued. If I moved it over to this side, I'm actually blowing out the detail in my luminance areas. The best thing to do when you're working with the tone curve is to make sure you're in your histogram And you can actually see what's happening here. Now if you completely mess things up with your tone curve, simply click on the reset button.

It'll default back to a straight line. And you can go ahead and start playing with it all over again. So as you can see, when creating an image that's black and white from color, working with the color response and your tone can really give you a completely different look with just a few clicks and slides.

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