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Old 04-09-2003, 10:11 AM
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Hidden Power Actions II

Don't know why I never posted this here!

There is a free Hidden Power actions package available from Hiddenelement.com that runs actions. Get it here:

http://hiddenelements.com/freetools.html

I'll be updating it soon to run more than 500 loaded actions, but it will allow you to manage an infinite number of actions without closing out of Elements. This package comes with some actions pre-installed and several free tools, including:

true layer masks
quick mask
Selective Color adjustment layers
Channel Mixer adjustment layers
Action Playback speed control

I've got some people working on additional actions for Elements. Look forward to those soon.
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Old 04-29-2003, 04:39 PM
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http://www.hiddenelements.com/freetools.html

Will be above piecework with the version of Elements that comes bundled with the Epson 2400 scanner? Looking at the "about Photoshop elements" screen in the program, I don't see any version number listed.

Thank you --Barry Kales
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Old 04-29-2003, 11:47 PM
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That would be PhotoShop Elements version 1 and yes, it does work with it.

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Old 04-30-2003, 05:40 AM
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Bob's right. Works with Elements 1 and 2 on Mac and PC.
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Old 04-30-2003, 01:20 PM
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Thanks

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Question instructions on how to use the tools?

I don't know how to use several of the tools on the free tools download. Is there an explanation of what the tools do and how to use them anywhere? I've been searching for days...
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Hi,

I don't know how to use several of the tools on the free tools download.

No, there isn't--but you're free to ask away. I could probably help you with all the tools or point you to articles explaining them. So, I suggest you post your specific questions.
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Old 02-17-2004, 06:29 AM
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dpnew is right, part of the idea of the forum is to discuss the tools. The freebees came with little instruction (there is an overview in the readme files for each), but the intended use was left open for discussion.
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Old 02-17-2004, 04:57 PM
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dpnew is right, part of the idea of the forum is to discuss the tools. The freebees came with little instruction (there is an overview in the readme files for each), but the intended use was left open for discussion.
Umm...I could start with the layer mask and quick mask. What is the point of using them? How do they work? I'm trying to find a way to save selections so I don't have to re-select. I've heard vaguely that masks are just so awesome, but I don't understand how they work etc...also what does rubylith and selection mean?
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Old 02-17-2004, 06:43 PM
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Umm...I could start with the layer mask and quick mask. What is the point of using them? How do they work? I'm trying to find a way to save selections so I don't have to re-select. I've heard vaguely that masks are just so awesome, but I don't understand how they work etc...also what does rubylith and selection mean?
If you have PE2 you can already save selections - it's one of the options in the selections menu... (it's the one feature missing from PE1 that is really worth upgrading for imho)
Quick mask is just like the selection brush tool - to select paint on the image in quick mask mode. The major advantage of quick mask mode over the selection brush toool is that it seems (at least on my machine) to work a little snappier, with faster brush response.

Layer masks are useful, although Richard's book gives work arounds using clipping groups that give exactly the same result - and explicit instructions if i recall correctly, for saving the selection this way. I use either depending on my mood! If you add a layer mask to a layer using HPA3 (it won't work on a background layer) and click on the layer mask icon in the layer palette, then by painting on the layer mask in black it will hide the layer, and by leaving it white it will reveal the layer. Shades of grey in between will partially hide.
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