Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8
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Working with portrait presets


Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Working with portrait presets

Now I'm a big fan of easy, and one of
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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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3h 41m Appropriate for all Apr 14, 2014

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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
Perfect Photo Suite
Abba Shapiro

Working with portrait presets

Now I'm a big fan of easy, and one of the things I love about the portrait retouching within the On One Suite is, there is an easy button, or a series of easy buttons, and that would be the Presets. Now, we've opened up the solider image and, to save time I've already made sure I have selected the eyes and the mouth, and we saw earlier that it didn't do a good guess on that, so if you are working with a downloaded media, you may want to pause playback and go ahead and, adjust the eyes and the lips, so they're properly positioned.

Now one of the things we did see earlier, is that sometimes it doesn't do a perfectly good job of guessing exactly what's skin and what's not, and in this case, because of the beard, it's a little bit more challenging. So, before we go any further, I'm going to switch over to my mask, and once again, choose what is skin and what's not. So we're going to go with not skin first. And I can just paint out some parts of the beard, because I don't want to smooth out that area. I want to keep that detail. Let me zoom out a little bit. Now, one of the other things that's really useful is, instead of just doing a white mask where you see the face, I like to switch over to a red overlay, because now I can see where there should be skin, and to the right side of his eye.

And it's a lot easier to determine this way, so we'll go ahead, and we'll hit the X key to switch over, add skin, and we'll paint this area out, just a little bit, because we want to fix that, and we'll fix the forehead, and bring the ear back into play. Once we have that done, we can switch to the after, and now start using our presets. If you take a look at what presets are available to you, you'll notice it's broken up into four categories, Children, Females, Males, and Groups.

So, this is a real quick fix. In this case, we're going to work with Male. But I just want to show you what's in some of the other areas. So, if we look under Female, and granted, we do see his face. There's a lot of choices for fixing skin tone, in a female face. And if we wanted to, I can go back here to groups, and this is really handy, because I can go ahead and adjust the skin tone, of all the faces in an image, instead of having to step through them one at a time.

But because we're working with a soldier, we're going to go ahead and we're going to choose Male. Now, instead of flipping down this disclosure triangle and seeing these small images, I'm going to do something a little bit different. To the right of this triangle, is what looks like a big square checkerboard. And if I click on that, I see a much larger representation of the effect of that preset. Now there's a slider here at the bottom, so depending on your screen resolution, and the number of presets underneath that disclosure triangle, I may want to shrink it a little bit.

Or grow it a little bit, but what's really nice, is I can literally do a single click, and fix the image. So for instance, if I only want to subtle fix, I can go over here, double-click it, it will apply the subtle fix ,and then I can jump over here to the right side, and fine tune it. If I don't like that, I don't have to go all the way back to square one. I simply select another preset, and go from there forward. So, for instance, maybe I want to remove, some of the shine on his forehead and his cheek.

I can simply double-click that, it replaces the settings with the shine reducer. And as you see, the skin's a lot flatter, maybe a little bit too flat, and again, I may go over here, and tweak it a little bit. Once I'm happy, with the fine tuning I did on my retouching, I can simply click Save and Close, and the effect is applied to the image.

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