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Note: If you export multiple images as PSD files, please allow for more processing/downloading time. These files are much larger than a .jpg or .png.

How to export as PSD file

  1. Go to the “Workflow Builder”

  2. Drag & drop the export component into the workflow. The default output is .png, to change this go to the export settings and select “file type” PSD.

  3. Note: the export component must be the last one in the workflow.

  4. Select the options you want to be included in your PSD file (explained below):

  • Include guides: these help to align layers with the Set on Canvas padding and borders

  • Include layer mask: choose this option when you want to make further changes to images with areas of “fuzziness,” for example, on hair. Only works with the “remove background” component.

  • Include input image: will help you to have all information in one place, and no dependencies to other files. It also lets you compare autoRetouch Results with the input image.

  • Include set on canvas layers: if you want to make changes to your custom background.

  • Include vector paths: only works with the “remove background” component. Choose this option when you want to make further changes to images with clear and defined borders.

Layer structure

When multiple components are included in the workflow, the export will contain different kinds of corresponding layers:

  • Remove bg component can export 2 layers: cut out image, and cut out image processed

  • Set on canvas component exports 3 layers: image, downsized image, and background layer

  • All other components export a single layer

  • The lowest layer is the input image in the original size that autoRetouch processed the image in.

  • Canvas size is determined by the size of the biggest layer, to enable you to always see all of your content while editing.

Layer Masks

Layer masks will apply to the output of the remove background component. They are optimal for making changes to the border of fuzzy areas of an image, like hair.

This is how you will see your exported results in photoshop:

To make changes to the alpha mask in Photoshop:

  1. Zoom in on the object

  2. Hold “option” on mac / ”alt” on windows and click on the mask

  3. Select brush (shortcut: B)

  4. Choose a color that matches the opacity of the paint you want to use.
    Note: An alpha mask uses various shades of black, white, and grey to show the opacity of the mask.

  5. Paint over the part you want to be removed with color matching the opacity.

  6. Click back onto the layer to see the final result.

Vector Paths

Vector paths are good for making adjustments to images with a defined edge, for example when no hair is involved.

Update: the option to include vector paths is now located within the component creating the path (remove background and skin retouch component).

How to make changes to paths in Photoshop:

  1. Select the input layer and disable the cutout layer

  2. Go to paths

  3. You can then see the vector path

  4. Select the “path selection” tool

  5. Select “path”

  6. With layer and path selected, go to layer → vector masks → current path

  7. The path will then be applied to the layer

  8. Switch to “direct selection” tool

  9. Can then select path points and change the edge (you can even select single path points)

Layer Guides

If after downloading your image you want to make changes and place the image back onto the “set on canvas” layer later, you can export guides to help with that.

  1. Select “include guides” in the export component and process the image(s).

  2. Open the processed image in Photoshop

  3. You will see layer guides around the “set on canvas” layer as well as guides that correspond to padding defined in autoRetouch

How to make changes with layer guides in Photoshop:

  1. Select mask

  2. With the brush tool, make desired changes to the mask

  3. Duplicate the layer

  4. Right click mask → apply layer mask

  5. Move to top and disable the rest

  6. Use the layer guides as orientation to move image and snap to the layer guides

  7. Select “crop image tool” and scale image down to set on canvas guides

  8. Create a new layer

  9. Select the “fill tool”

  10. Grab the background color and fill the background

Set on Canvas Layers

Use this feature if you want to have a specific background color or a custom background image, and you need to make changes to something after processing:

  1. Add the remove background, set on canvas, and export components to your workflow.

  2. Set on canvas settings → background → can add color or upload an image.
    Note: If you select a custom background image, the background image size will determine the canvas size for your image.

  3. Select “include set on canvas layers” in the export component

How to make changes to the set on canvas layers in Photoshop:

You will see 3 “set on canvas” layers:

  • The processed layer is the final result (object applied on the background image)

  • The foreground layer is the object (as scaled by set on canvas to corresponding size)

  • The background layer is the custom background image (size corresponding to the background image size)

To make changes, select the foreground or background layer, make the necessary changes, and enable the other one.

Exporting out of Photoshop

Scenario 1 - no set on canvas / face crop included (no resizing of image)

  1. Hide every layer except the top layer

  2. The canvas that defines your image size will correspond to the input and output dimensions that you want.

Scenario 2 - set on canvas / face crop component included

When either of these components are included, the image will need to be resized

  1. Select the “canvas/background“ layer

  2. Make sure top layer is visible
    Note: If you have defined your own background image which has some transparency, you could see through this and may have to hide the layers below it.

  3. Take the crop tool and crop the canvas layer to match the top layer size
    Note: Including guides in the export options in this step will insure the crop tool will snap to the guides, and make this step much faster.

  4. If the resized image is smaller than the input image, then you will need to crop the canvas before exporting. If it's bigger, you don't need to do anything.

  5. Export your image.

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