Posted on May 14, 2020 | by Julian Eckerle
We take great pride in taking most of the weight of Fashion product image editing off your shoulders through automation. At the same time, our goal has always been for our customers to retain full creative control of the process.
To make working with autoRetouch even easier, we just released a brand new feature: autoRetouch now is able to export files in JPEG, PNG, and PSD format – including layer masks!
Why is this such a milestone?
The PSD files you export from autoRetouch contain multiple layers, each corresponding to every component’s output in a workflow, as well as, a layer mask specific to the Remove Background component. This allows you to further refine our automatically processed images in a photo editing tool.
Here’s how it works:
- Login to your autoRetouch account to create a workflow.
- Next, drag and drop the required components into the workflow builder frame. Be sure to also include the new Export component into the workflow.
- Next, in the Export component settings, select PSD from the file format dropdown.
- Then, run your workflow to process your images and download the resulting PSD files. That’s it!
The PSD file
Image 1 is an illustrated example of the content of an exported autoRetouch PSD file. First, you’ll notice that guides are placed around the boundaries of the uppermost layer. These correspond to the target dimensions of your final output. So no matter what changes you make in the PSD file, you’ll always have your final output size at hand, easy to crop, too.
Image 2 is an illustrated example of the layers within an autoRetouch PSD output file.
Layer 1: Input. The bottom layer contains the original input image in its original resolution. It’s best practice to keep the input image in Adobe® Photoshop®.
Layer 2: Remove Background with a layer mask. Up next in the panel is the Remove Background layer with the corresponding layer mask. If the Set on Canvas component was not in the workflow that produced the PSD file and nothing was set specifically, this layer will default to the maximum 1536px on its widest side.
A few notes about the layer mask
By default, the layer mask is applied on the Remove Background layer. However, you can simply ‘right click’ to deactivate it. Further, you can Alt + click on the mask and then use a brush to paint over it. You can also use the Select & Mask feature to make additional improvements.
What you’ll find is that the layer mask behaves just like a normal Adobe® Photoshop® mask because it is a normal Adobe® Photoshop® mask.
Layer 3: Remove Background – processed. Next up is the “Remove Background – processed” layer where the background removal layer mask has been pre-applied. The idea behind this is to have an already finished version of the image where the background was removed ready, should no further changes to the original mask be necessary.
Top layers: Other components’ output. Above the “Remove Background – processed” layer is where the output of all additional components that are included in a workflow is made available. For example, in the workflow that would have produced Image 2 above, the Set on Canvas component was included alongside the Remove Background component to add a white background color to the processed image. The output of the Set on Canvas component is therefore also available as a layer in the PSD file.
Does the order of components matter?
One frequently asked question we get is whether it matters where you position each component in the workflow. The answer is, ‘yes’. Each component output is the input to the next component in the chain. Meaning, the results are carried forward. The PSD layer structure manifests this – results are carried upwards from one layer to the next.
We strive to be pixel perfect and are continuously improving the results of our components.
The new PSD export feature with layer masks enables you to tie autoRetouch into your existing workflows seamlessly. Our system will provide you with more speed and operational agility, the powers of correction, guidance, and creative expression; however, with control remaining fully in your hands.
You might have questions at this point which can be best answered by giving autoRetouch a try today. If you don’t have an account, yet, simply create one using the sign-up link below.
We look forward to your feedback on our new PSD export feature!