Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a simple mask in the Layers module, part of Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8.
Now the masking brush isn't the only way to reveal a lower layer, in the layers panel. Let's go ahead and step into the layers module, we're going to use this image called Add Clouds. And once again, we want to make sure that when we open it, we open it as layered Photoshop file. I really like this image of the U.S. Capitol, but I think the sky isn't as exciting as it could be. Now, I could go down and use the masking brush and slowly paint everything out, but a lot of times when you just want to be able to add a sky, or just take away a whole chunk of an image, you can go ahead and instead of using the masking brush you can use the masking bug.
Now I'm going to select that and you'll notice that across the top, I have different choices to work with. That mask can be a default shape, it could be a vignette, this is very useful if I wanted to darken or lighten or actually have other parts of an image revealed behind or in front of my current image. I could also do linear, and I can do that left and right or top and bottom or flip flop it, and then in addition to that I also have some choices for Gradiance. Radio gradiance, or circles a regular gradiance, and reflect gradiance, where I can work with the top and bottom of an image and mask that out.
I'm going to go ahead and do a traditional gradiant. And as soon as I select that, I can go down to my image and I'm going to just click and we see that the gradient exists. And you'll notice as I move this line up and down I see a checker box. That checker box indicates what's transparent and. Below that I see the solid image. I have a lot of controls here I can work with on the interface. If I grab one of the outer lines, I can actually control my feathering, or how smoothly it transitions between transparent and solid.
I can go down to the middle line. And move it up and down. And if I needed to rotate it, I could go over here to this little nodule on the right side and tilt it, and sometimes this is useful if you don't have a perfectly straight horizon. So I'm going to go ahead, make that straight, bring it down right here where the Capital starts. And you'll notice that, it works perfectly for the straight line, but I'm actually losing the dome. So I'm going to go back to the brush that we learned to use earlier, and that's the masking brush, I'll select that.
And now instead of painting out, my image, I'm going to use it to paint in my image, and hit the x key to switch back to paint in. And I'm going to simply go over here and start painting it in. If I want to be really precise about the edges, I'll switch the perfect brush on, and now when I go over to the edges, it's going to give me a much cleaner edge for when I need to add my sky. Now if I add a little bit too much, let me go ahead we're going to hit the zoom tool, I'll switch over to my brush again, the B key, and the X key to paint out and now with the perfect brush selected I can paint right around the edges of the Capitol dome, and do a quick mask out.
Let's zoom out full so we've removed most of the area for our dome, I could paint it out a little bit if I wanted to. And now I want to bring in some sky so I'm going to jump back into my browse module, bundled with the Onone Perfect Photo Suite are a series of extras, and this has backgrounds and borders and textures. We're going to jump into backgrounds and inside of backgrounds we're going to choose skies. And I have all these different skies that I can put behind the US Capitol that have a lot more drama.
So I'm going to arbitrarily choose skies 09, I'll select it, jump back into the layers module. In this case I want to add it as a layer. Because I want it to go into the same project that I'm working on. I'll press OK and as you see in our layers module we now have the clouds but they're on top of the Capital and I want them to be behind it. I can simply grab my skies, drag it below the add clouds image and you can see right now that I have these wonderful clouds behind the Capital, and I can reposition them if I want by jumping over to the transform tool.
And sliding them up a little bit higher, and I can go ahead and refine the edges by the dome and the top of the building to make sure we don't see any of the other sky peeking through.
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.
- 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