On One Perfect Photo Suite 6 is a very powerful editing tool that is particularly useful for anyone who uses Lightroom or Aperture and wants to do more detailed retouching without having to open (or invest in) Photoshop. The biggest advantage of using Perfect Photo Suite with Lightroom is that you can create layered files just like in Photoshop and have those files automatically appear in your Lightroom catalogue. In the layers tab, the Layer Masking tool is very useful when you want to combine two images. The Layer Mask Bug tool is particularly helpful when you want to combine two exposures of the same scene. Another really good feature in Perfect Photo Suite is the availability of different preview modes that you can use to see the effects of your edits. Once you have made the general layer adjustments that you want, the next tab that you can navigate to is the Mask tab. The tools in this tab are slightly different to any other program that I have seen. There are sliders just like in Lightroom that you can use to control the brush size, the edge refinement, segment size (which refers to the size of the colour sample the brush uses) and expand the tolerance slider to control how specific you want the colour you re selecting to be. Right below that is the Drop toot, which works the same way as the Keep tool but will mask out the area of the image you don t want. A nice thing about these two tools is that the Keep tool uses a green brush and mask and the Drop tool uses a red brush and mask so that you can quickly tell what you are doing to the mask. The other tool in this section is the Refine tool that you can use to help refine the edges of your mask to ensure you are not accidentally masking out any stray objects that are important to keep in the image. The next tool is the Mask Brush with all the same controls that are available in Photoshop or Lightroom. One nice feature of this is that you can control what the mask tool looks like. You can set the mask to look the same as in Photoshop, with the red areas the masked area (overlay), you can choose to have the masked area appear white, dark, greyscale (only see the mask and not the image), as it will end up (overlay), segments (where similar colours are merged), or original (where you can t see the effects of the mask). To swap between painting in and out the mask the program does not worry about the foreground/background colour in the way Photoshop does —you just select paint in  to take away the mask or  paint out  to apply the mask. A unique tool to Perfect Photo Suite is the Color Spill tool. This tool is useful when working with an image that has a bright background and where you want to remove some of the reflected colour from the background off of the main subject. Two other really useful tools are the Chisel and Blur tools. Chisel is useful to remove the unwanted halo effect when applying a mask along a hard edge in an image and the Blur tool blurs the edges of the mask (e.g. helping to make hair blend in better with a background). Where Perfect Photo Suite really comes in handy is the Portrait tab. When you click on the tab along the bottom of the window there are a variety of preset settings organized by subject matter. There are tabs for Children, Female, Groups, Men, and Presets (which has all the presets that you have used recently and is where you save and add your own folders). The other tools in this tab are the Skin Refine, Eye Refine and Mouth Refine tools. You can choose to apply the settings to just the face in the image or to the whole image, and there are tools in the right-hand menu to control skin retouching, skin tune (based on ethnicities) and facial features (where you can edit just the eyes or mouth of your subject). The next tab over is the Effects tab. This is another really useful tool and much more powerful than similar functionality in Lightroom. This is where you can recreate different film stock looks, convert an image to black and white, add a huge array of borders, fine-tune the detail in an image, add photo filters and add texture to an image. There are presets for everything from random textures to classic Polaroid or film borders. The last tab is the Resize and this is quite useful if you want to print out your image after you have made all the adjustments you want. By using this tab you can select the final print size and it will show you the crop needed to fill that size and the actual pixel count. You can also select what kind of image it is, choose how you want to sharpen the image using unsharp mask, high pass filter, or progressive techniques, and much more to get high quality prints from your files.

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