The Perfectly Clear image corrections are designed to work best on digital photos, but we know that many photo book and other print products can include graphics, logos, and other non-photographic digital images. QuickDesk will detect and skip image correction on "clipart" and other rasterized vector graphics. The quick correct buttons on the Preview panel will become disabled and will show a "Clipart Detected" button. This button is also included in the right tool panel in the Quick Correction section. Clicking this will over-ride our automatic detection - so you can switch to and from 'Clipart detected' at any time. When you do this, a small set of statistics about the image will be uploaded to us - the image itself will NOT be sent. This will allow us to improve the detection process over time to ensure better and better detection results!
Starting a Job
QuickDesk is designed to work on one "Job" at a time, opening all images in a folder at a time. When you start this, you will see the following:
This allows you to define what Preset to start with and how the output and original images will be handled when each image is saved.
We've worked together with the folks at 36Pix to build a handy integration between QuickDesk and their world-class Green Screen knockout process. Once you have a 36Pix account, just enter your account info along with the job information into the Session Configuration dialog. Then, each time to save an image, it will ALSO be uploaded to 36Pix to have the background knocked out. You'll receive an email from them once the job is created, and another once the job is finished being processed. You can then download the transparent PNG's using your normal FTP client. You can read more about this here: https://www.36pix.com/perfectly-clear.
Processing your Job
QuickDesk offers two main ways to work through your photos. These options are not mutually exclusive, so you can use them together - however there might be reasons to standardize on one method to make your workflow repeatable and predictable.
This is done by using the 'Save/Next Page' button in the top right once the current images are properly corrected. This will "close" the current images then will process the full output files. This method means that images are being saved out and moved through your workflow while you view and correct other images.
This is done by using the navigation arrows in the lower left, or the keyboard shortcuts (CTRL+arrow keys or CMD+arrow keys) to change images - while NOT processing them. This allows you to return to the images later in the job, but also means that all image processing is delayed until the full job is processed and the "Save All" button is clicked.
Sometimes you'll find a photo or two that need some specific retouching or editing in PhotoShop - so we've built that ability right into QuickDesk. Select the file you'd like to open in PhotoShop, then select Edit -> Edit Original in PhotoShop, or use the CTRL+E or CMD+E keyboard shortcut. This will launch PhotoShop and will open the selected file. Do any editing you need to in PhotoShop, and save the results, replacing the original file. QuickDesk will notice this change and will update the preview accordingly. Any settings you have applied in QuickDesk will now be applied to the newly edited file.
Note: You must save your PhotoShop edits over the original file; saving to PSD or different file type than the type that was originally loaded into QuickDesk will prevent QuickDesk from noticing the updates.
Note: Editing an original file in PhotoShop will overwrite the original. Any workflow options for the 'Original' file in QuickDesk will include these PhotoShop edits.