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Old 10-08-2010, 06:38 PM
Wolfman Wolfman is offline
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Re: PhotonicTools

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PhotonicTools - Smooth Split

make a folder in Plug-ins>Panels:
[PS] \Plug-ins\Panels\PhotonicTools\


Put the following files in the new folder.

save the 2 files:
http://mobilefiles.ca/split/SmoothSplit.jsx
http://mobilefiles.ca/split/SmoothSplit.swf

to:
[PS] \Plug-ins\Panels\PhotonicTools\SmoothSplit.jsx
[PS] \Plug-ins\Panels\PhotonicTools\SmoothSplit.swf

Restart PS.

How to start: [ see attached image]

You can put and keep the tool if you like while you work for easy access:
[ see attached image]


With this tool you can automatically create an inverted frequency band and dynamically set its range. When you press "Create" it stamps the layers below in a new layer and dynamically applies the chosen corrections. (you may have other layers above, it should still work). You can dynamically adjust the layer until you rasterize it.

The button "rasterize" will... do exactly that, and add inverted mask and disable it.
To start applying the layer simply click on the mask and start painting with white.

You can stack any number of SmoothBands and rasterize them whenever you decide.


No guarantees, use on your own risk. (here works well)
This is nothing "new". It just simplifies some of the now widely discussed techniques. The primary use would be of skin texture and blotches correcting.

Let me know about any bugs, requests... etc.
Probably it requires CS4 and above.

page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Photon...5060099?v=wall


I downloaded the first file, but the 2nd file gives me a message saying that I can't export it as written..... see illustration.

I'm on a mac with OS 10-.6.4 and I went for your latest version.....
what to do?
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:44 PM
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Re: PhotonicTools

right-click on the link, and choose "save as"
(download/save the file directly without opening it first in the browser)
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:44 PM
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Re: PhotonicTools

Question for Sean Baker. I'm following the same thread on MM, which I'm not a member of and therefore unable to interact with you there. My question is in regards your adamancy (for lack of a better word) that the -50 contrast approach should be used for the IHP.

I *roughly* understand the superiority of your Apply Image approach to splitting over conventional HP: It retains more of the original tones of an image without compression, particularly in upper highlights. This is especially useful for what I'd call a base split, wherein your intent is to replicate the original image as close as possible in split frequency fashion. What anyone does with those layers afterwards is there own business. People will do different things depending on their goals, ie, bandpass, bandstop, sharpening, etc. But the staring point after the split is virtual equality to the original, as it should be since the direction thereafter is variable.

However, with the IHP approach, why is that same degree of image preservation required? So what if some highlight compression occurs in the process, isn't contrast compression an inevitable and desired outcome of the IHP method? Meaning, one doesn't do IHP if their goal is to preserve or extend highlight range, they do it precisely to compress the range between lights and darks, so preservation of the original range seems moot to the technique.

Or am I missing something?
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:25 PM
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Re: PhotonicTools

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right-click on the link, and choose "save as"
(download/save the file directly without opening it first in the browser)
Ok... that worked and it's installed.... I have CS5 on Mac OS 10.6.4 and it doesn't do anything.... any hints?
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Old 10-09-2010, 07:38 AM
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Re: PhotonicTools

v. 5.5
- Interface updates automatically if you select a different smooth-layer.

(this was the issue I was about to leave "hanging" but in the end decided to make it work... That was one of the things you Shift-Studio asked about)

(download and replace the files again to get the latest version)

Flash, I think Sean is somewhat like an evangelist about that so I try not to get into too much of discussions with him about this... but in very short.. Photoshop has a bug.
well... kinda... if you apply Contrast -50 directly, it is different than if you have Contrast -50 as an adjustment layer.

I had a big issue with the one that is applied directly, as when you invert the image and you are supposed to get neutral gray, you didn't.. and you were getting random levels of gray. So if he is interested only in the relative frequencies... it's his business, but this will impact the luminosity and will not be good at all.

If you have an adjustment layer of -50 contrast, you will get the proper 127-128.
Those techniques will give you better results as you said if you are splitting an image and then combining the splits so you can target your work...
but this way in 8bit you get values between 127 and 128, so you don't get one solid 127.
It may be a more "precise" method, but it will leave slight noise when you are trying to "smooth the texture", where using opacity you get a solid 127.
when I want to get something smooth, I would rather have one solid 127 and "loose" some of the noise than to split the values between 127 and 128.
... in short for the purpose of texture smoothing I think the opacity technique works better... but don't tell him that


Wolfman, load a portrait image, load the extension (look in the instructions how to start it) and then click "create"... and the rest you'll figure out I'm sure

cheers
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:12 AM
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Re: PhotonicTools

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v. 5.5
- Interface updates automatically if you select a different smooth-layer.

(this was the issue I was about to leave "hanging" but in the end decided to make it work... That was one of the things you Shift-Studio asked about)


cheers
Thanks. I'll give it a try!
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Old 10-09-2010, 10:05 AM
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Re: PhotonicTools

Just downloaded it and its working well in my CS5.
thanks buddy.
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Old 10-09-2010, 11:44 AM
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Re: PhotonicTools

Thanks.... I had to change SmoothSplit.txt to SmoothSplit.jsx and now it works.
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Old 10-09-2010, 02:36 PM
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Re: PhotonicTools

Let me know if you have suggestions / requests.

here's the slightly updated interface:
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