So what is new with Perfect Layers 3?
• Perfect Brush – can be turned on when using the Paint-in Effect Basic Brushes or the Masking Brush. It will give you the ability to achieve precise edge-detected masking with the new Perfect Brush and it will allow you to smoothly apply or remove adjustments to the specific area that you are working on without going outside the area that you are restricting yourself to. This means that if you want to bring out the impact in the eyes, you can better isolate your efforts without impacting the skin around the eyes.
• Masking Tools – gives you the ability to selectively apply effects from the library just by using the Masking Brush to either apply or remove the effect from specific areas of the image as well as using the masking bug to create vignettes and graduated filter looks.
• Improved blending modes – lets you create more stylized looks by controlling brightness, contrast, and color of the image. Perfect Effects 4 now includes over a dozen new blending modes that include Linear Burn, Color Dodge, Pin Light, Luminosity and more.
Perfect Layers 3 is essential if you are doing any kind of serious photographic work and especially necessary for advanced creative work outside of a Photoshop based product by giving you a way to work on separate layers for compositing, enhancing, as well as blending your images. By using multiple layers you can shoot at different exposures and by using the masking tools and blend modes get just the right look.
Since you also get a library of backgrounds, borders, and textures, you can really let you mind get creative. If you do have Photoshop or other program that uses Photoshop based layers, you can save the file and have the ability to do further work in that program. If you want to have the ability to use layers from within Lightroom or Aperture then I very highly recommend Perfect Layers 3.