Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring tools, part of Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8.
Now, I'm working with the image that we previously created. If you want to open this image up, if you go back to your Works in Progress folder, it's 03_02 Rembrandt. And you'll open up the image, and it'll look just like you see on my screen. Now, as you see, I'm picking up where we left off in the last movie with this image. And I want to show you some of the tools, that are on the left side of the layers module. Now we've already learned about the transform tool. There is a cropping tool if you need to reframe your image, as well as a trim tool.
Now with the trim tool, when you select it. Make sure you select which layer you want to actually trim. There's also a masking tool or a brush where I can paint out part of an image. And I am going to go ahead and bring the opacity up full and let me switch this back to normal. And as you can see I can go ahead and use this brush to actually paint away part of the upper image to reveal the lower image. Let me go ahead and undo that, and we'll continue to work down the list.
I'm going to turn off the upper layer because I want to show you some of the things you can do with a photograph, without having to go into any of the other modules. The next tool is incredibly useful, it's called the Perfect Eraser tool, and it basically allows you to select an area and replace it with the parts of the image that are around it. Now, this image is pretty good, but I think I can go ahead and clean this area of her shoulder off just a little bit. So, let's zoom in. And you can easily zoom in to any area by clicking on these little preview buttons, so we have it currently set to fit, but I can set it to 25% or 50% or even 100%, which is a one to one pixel ratio.
Now, I could select the hand tool to move it, but I'm going to simply press the space bar and slide over to where we're zoomed in to this area here that I want to clean up. We're going to select the perfect eraser tool, that's the Q key And, I'm going to make my brush a little bit bigger with my right bracket. We're going to erase this layer, now remember, this is the tricky part. Always select the layer you want to work on. And I can't tell you how many times I select the wrong layer, and I kick myself, and thank heavens there's an undo key.
So let's go ahead. Make sure you have the Rembrandt layer selected. And now I'm going to paint out this little area on her shoulder. And I don't want to get too close, because it's actually going to use the areas around it. And I can do this in steps. So this removes some of the area and this works really well if you don't have an edge to work with. So, we could go ahead and keep trying the perfect eraser tool, but another tool is a little more appropriate, and that would be the cloning tool.
And this is very useful when you're in a situation where you have, say black on one side and then material you want to keep on the other. With the clone tool selected, I can hold down the Option key and choose what area of my image I want to copy on top of this part of the image. Not only is this useful for me creating more black behind her shoulder, but if I wanted to extend a detailed pattern, the Clone tool is perfect. Let's go ahead. Press the Option key. Select this black area over here, and as you can see, I can paint out this extra material with a matching background so we don't even know that we had that extra material showing.
In addition to these tools, there's a redeye repair tool as well as a retouch brush which allows you to remove imperfections and spots from your image.
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