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Posted on April 14, 2011
Perfect Layers can be accessed as a plug-in from inside of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. You can find it in the File > Plug-In Extras menu.
- If you select a single PSD file, the original file will be opened
- If you select a single TIF, JPG or RAW file, a PSD copy with the Lightroom adjustments applied will be opened and will be stacked with the original image
- If you select multiple files (PSD, TIF, JPG, RAW) PSD versions with Lightroom adjustments will be temporarily created and then merged into a new layered PSD file. The resulting file will be stacked with the first image in your Lightroom selection.
- If an image is already open in Perfect Layers when you access it from the Lightroom plug-in you have the option of adding the selected images to the open image or closing the open image and creating a new one.
You will be able to control via a preference which bit depth and color space you prefer.
Posted on January 13, 2009
If you used Mask Pro Select you are returned to Photoshop with a selection. Then go to Select->onOne->Mask Pro Make Work Path and try the default settings, this will create a path. Then go to the Path’s palette, select it and make it a clipping path.
If you used Mask Pro you are returned with no selection, but your subject will be on a transparent layer. Use the magic wand tool to click in the transparent area, which will select only the transparency, then invert the selection. Now you have a selection of just what you want, then go to Select->onOne->Mask Pro Make Work Path and try the default settings, this will create a path. Then go to the Path’s palette, select it and make it a clipping path.
There are some caveats to using clipping paths. They are a rather old technology that doesn’t understand transparency, it is just like cutting something out with a knife. This can yield hard edge transitions, what you would call helmet hair on people. Considering all modern page layout applications support native transparency in Photoshop files (InDesign CS2, CS3 XPress 6.5 and higher) which will give much better results if you just use Mask Pro to paint away to transparency. The only use for clipping paths today is if you wanted text to wrap to a curve, which can still easily accomplished by creating a hidden curve in the layout application, which is the better way to do it because you have more control and it is editable.
One feature to look at is the threshold/tolerance sliders. These determine how much is taken away, try altering these sliders for better results or if you have lots of selections in the color palettes you may want to reduce the number of colors or make them into sets.
Here are a couple options for enabling color decontamination:
1) Make sure to select both keep and drop colors.
2) Mask Pro can sometimes get into a state where that check box does not get activated. A workaround to get this to work again is to use the keyboard shortcut of cmd-d, on Windows it’s ctrl-d, to turn on color decontamination. This keyboard shortcut should toggle that option on/off.
3) Please make sure you have the target layer (layer to mask) selected in Photoshop. Please make sure a layer mask or alpha channel are NOT selected.