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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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The perfect batch module, allows you to apply a variety of presets to a number of pictures. You can do it to a single picture, you can do it to a handful of pictures, or you can even do it to an entire folder. For instance, let's say you wanted to take all of your high resolution images, and export out a bunch of images as JPEGS at a smaller resolution, with a water mark, that you can give your clients so they can pick which images they want you to finally process. To begin the perfect batch process, you can select an image, go up under File and choose Batch.
Now, you'll be presented by a dialog box that, basically, allows you to choose what your source items are, and where things are going to go. And then the magic happens in the middle. Now we selected an individual image, you could select a group of image, and choose selected items. Or if you wanted to process an entire folder, you could switch over to folder, and chose what folder, that you want to apply all these changes to. We're going to go ahead, and stick with our selected item, now as you see I can add a variety of modules and we've learned about most of these already.
There is a new one, it's called Perfect Watermark and we will explore that. And basically if you need to overlay a watermark copyright image, it's very easy to do with the batch processing. One of the really great things is the ability to batch process using Perfect Portrait. Now I wouldn't necessarily use it with this image, but if I have a bunch of photographs of people, and I wanted to be able to just very quickly enhance them. I could choose this option, and I'm going to switch over to the on one Presets. And I could do it as groups.
And then I'm going to go ahead and just, clean up their skin. And, if I wanted to, I can go ahead and add additional modules such as my watermark. And this is great when dealing with, a bunch of files, that would be faces or groups. I'm not going to use that so I'm going to go ahead and remove that, as you see there's a minus button here, and if I click, it removes that effect. Now what I really want to apply for this one, maybe is just some simple enhancements. And this is a lot of times when I want to work with if I have say raw images. So I'm going to click on perfect enhance And I'm going to look at my onOne Presets, I can choose Corrections.
And right here I can simply say, do an Auto Level and Auto Color so that these are just good enough for review, and I can go back once they're reviewed and really fine-tune them. So, I'm going to go ahead and apply that, I'm going to add another module. And depending on whether I click above it or below it, I can choose what order these modules are put into place. Now I want to add a watermark, so I'm going to click Add Module below it. I'm going to choose Perfect Watermark. And I can go ahead and choose a watermark that I've already created.
Now, these can be PNG files Or JPEG files, and they say PNG is recommended, and one of the big differences between the PNG, which is a portable network graphic file, and a JPEG is a Portable Network Graphic file, actually has transparency information. So if you're going to do a watermark with let's say a bug, that you created in Photoshop. If you save it as a png file, you could have that transparency in your overlay. Now, I've put an extra size files png into the exercise folders, so let's go ahead and select that.
And once I've selected what image I'm going to apply. You'll see a sample of my first image. And I can now change the size and the location and the opacity of my watermark. Let me go ahead and make that nice and big. And if I wanted to, I can control the inset, how far it is away from the edge of my frame. And I can even position it if I want it dead center. Or I kind of like it towards the bottom and I don't really want it to overlay too much of my image, and I want it to be subtle.
I don't want it to be a solid white. So I can go ahead and just bring down the opacity so it has some translucency. And it watermarks the image. Now, I can go ahead and create a variety of effects and presets that I want to apply to this image, and when I'm done I'll finally say what do I want to do as I process them. Where do I want to save them? Do I want to save them to their current location? Do I want to save them to a specific folder? And I tend to like to do that because they're easy to find, my processed images, so I want to say save it to a folder.
I have to choose that folder, so I'm going to put it on my desktop, and I'm going to create a new folder, and say, watermarked. Once it's selected, that is my default location, and I have a choice here of overwrite without warning or prevent overwrite. I cannot think of an instance where I would actually want to overwrite without warning. Now there may be a case where you do want to overwrite the images and, of course it will let you do that. Now, what type of file do I want these to be? Do I want them to be Photoshop files? Do I want them to be TIFs? Do I want them to be portable network graphics or JPEGS? Depending on your ultimate use, this is a great way to say convert a bunch of Camera Raw files into JPEGs for your customers to review.
You can also keep them the same as the original source file. I'm going to make this a JPG because I just want this for customer review, and I can control the quality of that image. And again, JPEGS, I like about 80% and that's a nice compromise between size and quality. I can also have rename the image. I can keep it the current name, but if I wanted to I can go ahead and change that. To say, specific text or even a number, but I'm going to keep the current name. And instead of leaving it that way, I'm going to go ahead and add text and I'm going to simply say _watermarked.
And you'll notice that under name it says my file underscore watermark and this will be perfect. Finally, I want to see what the file looks like when it's done. And I'm almost ready to go, I want to show you one more thing. I would go ahead and check that I have all the elements that I want, if I needed to add another one. I could simply click to add a module, if I need to re-order these modules, I can use the up and down arrows to switch the order that I'm going to look at my original image. Now when I'm ready to go, I can simply hit OK. But, if I'm going to be doing this over and over again, and this is something that I do for all of my clients, I can save this batch process as it's own preset.
So I can go over here, click the plus, and I'm going to call this autofix, and watermark. I need to create a new category, we'll call it Abbas, and if I wanted to I could say, who created this and what it does. And it's just going to be simple fix and client review. There's one other thing that I may want to do. We added a watermark, we put an effect on there, but these images could be a whole bunch of different sizes.
So let's go ahead and add one more module, and we're going to choose perfect re-size. And under perfect resize, I'm going to choose one of the On One presets I'm going to go ahead and choose web and email, social media. I know that's a fairly large, a little more than 2000 pixels wide, and I'm going to have it pause on the first image just so I can see what it looks like. If I wanted to make it a custom size I could go ahead and click here and say for instance, I want it to be a maximum of a thousand pixels and it will keep the pixel aspect ratio, but I do want to go with the preset it's nice.
And now I'm ready to activate. So, as you see, once it's finished processing, I had requested that it shows me where the image is. It put it inside my watermark folder. If I go ahead and open this up, you'll see I have my color corrected image. It's scaled to the size that I want and it has my watermark. Right there it's 2048 by 1536 pixels, and I'm ready to send it off to my client.
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