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The special brushes of the B&W module Perfect Photo Suite 8

The special brushes of the B&W module provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught… Show More

Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

with Abba Shapiro

Video: The special brushes of the B&W module Perfect Photo Suite 8

The special brushes of the B&W module provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Abba Shapiro as part of the Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8
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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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The special brushes of the B&W module provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Abba Shapiro as part of the Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

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The special brushes of the B&W module

Now I'm going to use the image that we worked on in the previous lesson, and show you some of the really interesting brushes that are available to you. Now what I did in the previous lesson was two simple adjustments. I simply pulled the green down, so we have a nice dark background. And what I do with the tone curve is I added a little bit of luminance in the highlights and pulled down the shadows a little bit so I have this nice s-curve which is giving me the look that I want. Let's explore what we can do with some of these brushes to take this image to the next level.

There's five brushes that you can work with, and if you look at the left side of my screen, let's go down the list and see what they are, and I'll show you how they work. You have a brightness brush, a contrast brush, a detail brush, targeted brightness, and selective color. Now, let's go through each of these brushes, one at a time. If I want to work with the luminance values, I can go over the brightness brush, and they all have keyboard shortcuts. In this case, it's O. And if I brush over any part of this image, it's going to lighten it up.

So I can use the left and right bracket keys to make my brush bigger or smaller. And as we learned earlier, I can also hold down the Shift key and make this brush softer or harder. And once I have it the way I want, I can simply brush over the area, and it's going to effect the luminance values, or bring out some of the detail by making this brighter. Now, this was very subtle, and I do recommend working with subtlety, and this is how you control it. If you go up to the top bar, you can see, there's my size and my feather, but what's more important is the amount.

I have mine set to 20. So, I can slowly brush in the luminance. But if I move this all the way over to a hundred and started painting, you'll see a much more dramatic response as I lighten the area. And as you can see, you can easily overdo this, and I've lost all detail in her skin tone. So if I've messed things up in this way, I can do one of two things. I can simply hit undo, or I can switch it from a lighten mode to a darken mode. So, if you're used to working in a darkroom or in Photoshop, this is the same as dodging and burning.

Again, as you see, 100% is like trying to paint a fine line with a paint roller. Let me go ahead and reset my brightness. And now, I can start all over again. One of the brushes that I feel goes hand in hand with lighten or darken is the contrast brush, and as you can see, it has the same sliders that we had before, and you can choose whether you want to add more contrast or less contrast. So, if I go over here and make my brush nice and big, if I wanted to add more contrast to an area.

And I'm going to zoom in by hitting the Command plus key so you can actually see the effect. Holding down the space bar I can reposition this, and we're seeing just our model's face. And if I start painting in more contrast, I can subtly modify the way the image looks. Now again, I always keep this low because if it's not enough contrast to start with, just paint it over again and again. Now let's move down the list to the detail brush, and this is really useful when dealing with skin tone. So in this case, and I'm going to zoom in just a little bit more, and we're going to work with the eyes and the area under the eyes.

So if I wanted to, and I wanted the eyes to really pop, I could go ahead and paint in more detail. Now, in this case, I'm going to click on the word, Amount. I'll move it over here to say, maybe 60. And I can paint in more detail on her eyes. And this way, they really pop. But on the flip side, sometimes you don't want all that detail on the skin. You want a little bit of texture, but maybe not as much as there. So I can switch from more detail to less detail. The X key on your keyboard is a great keyboard shortcut that allows you to toggle between less and more, with all of these brushes.

And I'm simply going to paint in less detail, say, under the eyes and probably on the nose. And this gives me that smoother, more Hollywood look. As we continue down, the next brush that you'll be working with is our Targeted Brightness Brush. Now let me select this, and I'm going to go ahead and hit Cmd+0, to bring it full screen, and I'm going to move that slider that we pull down which was the green slider, and just bring it back to its default position. You can also hit the Reset button, and this will again bring you back to neutral.

Now what I like about this brush is I can select the area that I want to darken based upon color, and simply click on it, and I get a left and right arrow. If I move it to the left, it makes that area darker. If I move it to the right, it makes that area brighter based upon color. So here, instead of actually grabbing the slider if I don't know what color it is, I can go ahead and bring that part of the image down. Now, if I wanted to brighten another part of the image, say I didn't want the lips to be as deep, I could click on the lips and move that to the right.

And you'll notice that it's not only affecting the lips, because there's a lot of red there, but it's also affecting the skin tone. So I need to be a little more careful. Now you have a lot of colors in your image and you're not quite sure if it's a red or a yellow or maybe it's a combination of the two, this is a great brush to work with to pull up or pull down a specific color range. Now we don't have a lot of colors here. For instance, if I clicked on, say, the black area, I've got a warning box that says, oh there's not a lot of saturation in the original image, try another area because black is black and there's not a lot of colors to work with.

One of my favorite brushes is the Selective Color Brush. And it allows me to bring color in, into one specific area. So, if I wanted her eyes to have color or her lips to have color, this is the brush that I would use. I'm going to switch to the Zoom tool and lasso just her face so we can focus on those areas. Now I'm going to select the selective color brush, and now if I paint over her eyes, it slowly brings the color back in. Now I do want to point out that if you take a look at the upper left hand side, it says paint out.

And you're thinking, wait a second, I'm painting color in. Well, the way you have to look at that is you're painting out the black and white, and if I hit the x where it says paint in, I'm painting in black and white. So, now I've brought some color into the eyes. And I think subtlety is the anser here. I want to make sure that they both match. I'm going to go down and now choose the lips. And as I go over I can paint the lips. And the nice thing here is if you have the perfect brush selected it's' going to look at the contrast between the lips and her face, and it's only going to grab the lips if you are careful.

Now if these lips are too bright I can go ahead hit X key, I now have the paint in. And I probably would have done this with a little less opacity. And that way, I just want them subtly red. Not really strong red and I'm good to go. Let me hit Cmd+0, bring it full screen and take a look at this image. I kind of like what I've done here. I think the lips need to be a little more subtle. If I want to reset the lips completely to black and white, I'll simply go back and switch my opacity to 100% and paint back in the black and white.

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