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Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8
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Working with transparency


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Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

with Abba Shapiro

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  1. 1m 10s
    1. Welcome
      29s
    2. What you should know to get the most from this course
      41s
  2. 4m 32s
    1. What is the Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      1m 39s
    2. What's new in Perfect Photo Suite 8?
      58s
    3. What's the right version of Perfect Photo Suite for you?
      1m 27s
    4. Installing the software
      28s
  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
      55s
    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
      42s
    4. Solution: Creating a vintage postcard from a new image
      11m 34s
    5. Challenge: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      56s
    6. Solution: Creating an old-looking image from a new one
      16m 5s
  13. 32s
    1. Next steps
      32s

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Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8
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
Subjects:
Photography Plugin
Software:
Perfect Photo Suite
Author:
Abba Shapiro

Working with transparency

We've been able to create a pretty good mask with both the tools that we had available as well as going into the adjustments area and actually growing or shrinking the mask and putting a feather on it, but there's still some areas that need some fine tuning. And that's the areas, in this case of the wedding dress where there's some translucency or transparency And also in some instances, where maybe the green background reflected on the dress and I want to clean those areas up. So, we are working with the same image and I have the background in it already and let's zoom into the elbow area and you can actually see where some of our challenges are.

I'm going to select the zoom tool Select that region, and when looking at this, I see that I do have some of that green still present. And there's two tools that I'm going to use to clean this up. The first tool I want to use is actually a tool here, and it's called the Magic Brush Tool. Now in some cases, you can just use the Magic Brush Tool by itself in automatic mode, and brush from the area that you want to get rid of into the area that you want to keep.

But in this case it doesn't quite work. It's too fine of a mesh. So I'm going to have to give it some help. So, what I'm going to do is go over to this, Keep Color eyedropper, and to the Drop Color eyedropper, and tell the Masking module, what I need to keep, and what I want to remove. So let's do the keep first. I want to keep anything that's a, a solid white. So I'm going to go ahead and just click on the solid white areas, avoiding this translucent green area.

And I am going to click on some of the skin tone just in case my hand isn't as steady as I want it to be. And you'll notice here on the right side I have all theses shades that I'm going to keep. Maybe a little troublesome here, this is a hint of green but I'm going to keep my fingers crossed. Now I'm going to go to the remove, or Drop Color set. And I can click on this green area here, but what I really need to do is select this translucent green, it's actually a lighter green, and that's when it becomes a challenge.

So I'm going to click on this lighter green area. And with that selected I can go back to my Magic Brush Tool and I'm going to make the brush a little bit smaller and I'm going to make it a little bit softer by holding down the Shift key. And I can start painting out some of that green. And you'll notice that I get some translucency here, where I'm actually looking through the area of the dress. Now, if I pulled out too much and I'm in the auto-mode I can switch back to a paint in and start bringing some of the elements back in.

And if I really need to, I can just go ahead and get my Refine Brush Tool and bring this all back in. And as you see, we're starting to get some of this translucency without actually erasing areas. So I have this translucency, I'm kind of seeing the background. But I have color here that I don't necessarily want. I need this to be white and that's where the next tool comes in, and that's this Color Spill Brush Tool. Now this is great for getting rid of edges or in the case of a white dress I can go ahead and grab this little Sampling button and say I want to make sure that whatever I brush over turns white.

So, I want to make sure that I select a nice white area and I might cheat and go over here to get a good solid white. Switch back to my brush and make sure that I brush just over the dress area and not over the skin area. Now if I'm not getting the pure white that I want, I can actually use an override color option. And now when I paint over it, it actually does take on a lot of that white that I wanted and removes all the green elements. If I wanted to really work with this in detail, I could go ahead and switch from the Layers mode to the white mode, and I can actually start seeing some of this translucency.

Now again like we learned earlier, sometimes, it just takes a long while to get it just right. And other cases where you might have trees, and have a larger mesh it works with just a swipe of your brush. Let's go ahead and turn back on. All of our layers. We can see that it might be a little bit impure in our close-up. When I go full screen, all I really see is the translucency of the dress.

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