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Using Perfect Enhance

The new Perfect Enhance module provides several retouching options that photographers commonly apply to their photos early in the evaluation and retouching process. Think of this module as being the rough equivalent to the Basic panel (plus toolbar) in Lightroom, but without the raw processor capabilities. That’s not to say raw formats cannot be opened into the suite (they can be), only that they must first be converted to a rendered format before you can modify them.

To move an image from the Browse module into the Enhance module, select it first, then from the top-right portion of the window, click the Enhance button. When you do this, a small window opens asking if you prefer to Edit a Copy of the photo, Edit (the) Original, or Add (the photo) as a Layer. This is similar to the external editing behavior found in Lightroom, and is useful for ensuring that your original photo data is maintained.

When opening a copy or layered version, you can choose to save your new file in Photoshop, TIFF, or JPEG format. You can also choose from several popular color spaces, and you can opt for the resolution you want, at either 8- or 16-bit color depth.

Figure 3 shows our newly opened copy in PSD format, with some of the presets visible at left, and some of the enhancement controls visible at right.

Figure 3 The new Perfect Enhance module supplies many common features and quick fixes when you want to generate rapid edits for review.

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