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Hidden Power Actions III

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Old 07-12-2003, 06:27 AM
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Hidden Power Actions III

A new version of Hidden Power Actions (the interface for running Photoshop actions in Elements) is available...this time through ThePowerXChange in conjunction with, um, me! This package adds:

50 pre-installed actions (87 total)

ability to install over 500 actions

Manage an infinite number of actions in sets of 12 or groups of 84.

Includes these Hidden Power tools:

NEW:
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Fade effect
Shadow Mask
Highlight Mask
Trim image
Reveal Image
1 slower Action playback speed control
custom Drop Shadow
custom Glow (inner & outer)
custom Bevel
custom Stroke

Plus:
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Layer Mask insert
Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer
Selective Color Adjustment Layer
Quick Mask mode
Demos of several Hidden Power tools

Works with Mac and PC, Elements 1 and 2, in conjunction and as an addition to Hidden Power from the book The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2. Apply actions from text description or preview modes.

Get it here:

https://www.thepowerxchange.com/thep...ignStore_HPA3/

Thanks to Susan Stewart for help and beta testing (I didn't get all of her suggestions in for the deadline for this package -- so don't blame her!).

Please feel free to discuss tools, use and other improvements on the forum!
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Old 07-12-2003, 11:10 AM
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Richard:

Has/will the original package at http://www.hiddenelements.com/addedtools.html been/be updated, too?

Looks like some great additions. Congrats on this upgrade.

~Danny~
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Old 07-14-2003, 03:18 AM
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It has not been, but should be before the end of the week.
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Old 07-16-2003, 07:30 PM
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Has anyone heard from The Power Exchange? I signed up on Sunday but have not yet gotten a response.
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Old 07-16-2003, 08:19 PM
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I signed up last Friday night and have not received anything from
Power Exchange. Thought maybe it was just me. Maybe a little premature advertisement. Guess we will just have to wait on Richard to post on hidden powers site.
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Old 07-17-2003, 02:29 AM
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PC users can download here:

http://share.studio.adobe.com/axAsse...t.asp?aID=7516

Mac users have to wait a few hours more...my mac is behind some wet concrete that needs to set.
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Old 07-17-2003, 08:24 PM
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New Tools

Excellent! I especially like the shadow mask and highlight mask, don't know how I did without them before. Fade effect looks promising but I haven't really got the hang of it yet. Can someone please explain exactly how the fade works and the purpose? Richard thanks for all your effort. CaseyJ
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Old 07-18-2003, 01:28 PM
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Fade should work like this:

Apply a filter (or really a change to the image of any kind)
click FADE
the image will be set up so you can use opacity on the Fade Control layer to fade the effect you just added.

SO, say you apply a blur filter and you say to yourself: "Self, that is too much. I'd like something between that and what I had before. " You can use Fade at 50% instead of redoing the filter. But, instead of giving you a result that is just a 50% gaussian Blur, the fade blends the new with the old at 50% -- which is a different effect than applying 50% of the blur radius.

I should have added more instruction for that one. Feel free to discuss here.
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:04 PM
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Thanks

Richard,
Thanks for the Fade explanation. Now it makes sense.
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Old 07-19-2003, 06:41 AM
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You can also do some fun stuff with fade, like fade to a different blending mode - you'll see this step sometimes in tutorials for the full version of PS. For example you can use unsharp mask and then fade, and change the blending mode of the fade layer to darken and fiddle with the percentage- on some images this looks better than the plain USM - you still get some sharpening but you don't get the white halos around objects. (trees silhoutted against a sky and eyelashes seem to respond well to this for example).

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