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2. Managing Actions Figure 18-6: Top: When you insert a stop, you can include instructions for the person running the action; you can type whatever you want. The message appears when that per- son triggers the action’s stop point. If you want to let folks continue with the action after they’ve preformed the step described by the message, turn on the Allow Continue checkbox. Bottom: Here’s what you see when you run the action and hit the stop point. Since a continue button wasn’t included, your only choice is to click Stop. After you’ve per- formed the part that couldn’t be recorded, click the Action panel’s Play button to finish the action. • Playback Options. If you can’t figure out where an action has gone haywire, you can make Photoshop play the action more slowly by selecting this command. In the resulting dialog box, you can choose Accelerated (normal speed), Step By Step (Photoshop completes each step and refreshes the screen before going to the next step), or “Pause For _ Seconds” (Photoshop pauses between each step for the number of seconds you specify). Editing Actions You can add, delete, or tweak an action’s steps anytime you’d like, as well as scoot them around within the Actions panel (just like Layers). To rearrange the actions in your Actions panel, just drag an action to a new position in the panel. When you see a highlighted line where you want it to go, release your mouse button. Rearranging actions is helpful when you want to keep certain actions together so they’re easier to spot (handy when you’re in Button mode [page 752]). You can also drag and drop steps within an action to rearrange them. To change an action’s settings (such as the feather amount), just double-click the relevant step while an image is open, enter a new amount in the resulting dialog box, and then click OK. Note: Clicking OK actually runs the command associated with the dialog box (feathering a selection, for example), but you can undo it by pressing �-Z (Ctrl+Z on a PC). Photoshop still remembers the new settings you entered and will use them the next time you run that action. Photoshop cs5: The Missing Manual 762
10. Noise Reducers These plug-ins range in price from $70 to$500, but don’t let that scare you; you can find tons of cheaper (and even free) offerings on the Web (though you may very well get what you pay for). Don’t be alarmed if you don’t see your favorite plug-in in the following list—it’s simply impossible to list them all here. FReQUeNtLY ASKed QUeStIoN Dude, Where’s My Plug-In? that case, if you’re on a PC you need to make sure you’ve Help! I don’t see my plug-in in the Filter menu. Did it load installed it into the right program folder (see the box on or what? page 6). If you’re on the Mac, check out the box on page 6 Peace, dear Grasshopper. You can find out whether your to learn how to launch Photoshop in 32-bit mode. plug-in loaded in a couple of ways. If you don’t get the “plug-in didn’t load” message and your When Photoshop encounters a plug-in that won’t load, it plug-in is still missing, take a peek in other menus, such presents you with a dialog box that says, “One or more as Select or File➝Automate to see if it ended up in there. plug-ins are currently not available on your system. For You can also look at the list of loaded plug-ins by choos- details, see Help➝System Info.” To see why the plug-in ing Photoshop➝About Plug-In (Help➝About Plug-In on didn’t load, choose Help➝System Info and scroll down a PC). Because so many Photoshop features are actually in the resulting dialog box until you see the plug-in in plug-ins (most filters, import and export commands, and question, along with Photoshop’s oh-so-brief explanation so on), the list is rather long, so you may need to scroll to of what went wrong. For example, if you try to learn why see if Photoshop loaded the one in question. the Variations adjustment (page 371) didn’t load in 64-bit If your plug-in is on the list but isn’t loading, about the mode, you’ll see the following line of text: “Variations NO only thing you can do is install a fresh copy of it or, better VERSION - 32-bit plug-in not supported in 64-bit - next to yet, see if a newer version is available from the developer’s the text: ‘Variations.plugin’.” website. Keep in mind that some plug-ins continue to work In CS5, if a plug-in doesn’t load, you’ve more likely than with newer versions of Photoshop, but some don’t. not encountered one that only works in 32-bit mode. In Note: For a comprehensive list of Photoshop plug-ins, visit www.adobe.com/products/plugins/photo- shop. And why, you might wonder, are some of them called “third-party” plug-ins? Because they’re made by someone other than Adobe! Noise Reducers If you’ve taken a photo in low light (in a dark restaurant, say), or if you set your cam- era to a high ISO (a setting that increases the camera’s sensitivity to light), chances are you’ve got a ton of noise—grainy-looking speckles—in your image. While you’ll find a couple of noise-reducing tricks in Chapter 11, if the image is really important, you should spring for a noise-reducing plug-in instead. Photoshop cs5: The Missing Manual 770
11. Noise Reducers Noiseware This plug-in has quickly become the noise reducer of choice for professional pho- tographers. Instead of blurring the whole image to make the noise less visible, Noise- ware analyzes the image and reduces noise only in the parts of the image that really need it. You also get a handy before-and-after view so you can see what it did. It’s available from www.imagenomic.com and costs around $50. Tip: You can often get plug-ins much cheaper if you buy them bundled together. Be sure to look for special deals on the developer’s website. Dfine This plug-in also reduces the noise in your image in a very simple and nondestruc- tive way. When you launch it and click its Measure button, Dfine scours your image for noise in areas without much detail (where noise is easiest to see). Start by trying the factory setting and then increase or decrease the noise-reduction level using the sliders (see Figure 19-2). When you find a setting you like, click OK to make Dfine make a copy of the currently selected layer and apply the noise reduction to the du- plicate instead of the original. Figure 19-2: Dfine’s handy split- screen view lets you see how much noise the plug-in removes from your image before you commit to the change. Here you see the original image on the left side of the red vertical line and the result on the right. Thanks to Nik Software’s amazing control points technology, Dfine lets you reduce noise in certain areas of your image without making a mask. It also figures out which kind of camera you used to take the photo and then applies the right amount of noise chapter 19: beyond photoshop: plug-ins 771 12. Making Selections and Masking reduction for your particular model (which makes sense because your camera is what introduced noise in the first place). You can buy Dfine for$100, but it’s cheaper if you buy it along with other Nik products, like Sharpener Pro, Color Efex Pro, Vi- veza, and more (www.niksoftware.com). Note: One nice thing about Nik Software’s plug-ins is that they all use the same window layout; so, once you learn how to use one, you can easily use ‘em all. Noise Ninja Long considered the gold standard of noise-reduction software (though the newer Noiseware may have changed that), photographers and newspapers have used this plug-in for years. It helps reduce noise (speckled imperfections) and grain (textured imperfections) while preserving details. It can tackle 16-bit images (see the box on page 45), do batch processing, and work as a Smart Filter (page 634). It’ll set you back about $80 (www.picturecode.com). Making Selections and Masking As you’ve learned in previous chapters, selecting stuff like hair and fur is really hard. Sure, you can learn some tricks, but a plug-in specifically designed for that task can make your life a heck of a lot easier and save you tons of time. That said, you’ll need a bit of patience when you start working with masking plug-ins because they’re not for the faint of heart. With practice, though, you can use them to create selections you just can’t make any other way. Note: Adobe put a lot of work into improving the Refine Edge command in Photoshop CS5. So before you plunk down cold hard cash on a masking plug-in, make sure you’re up to speed on the new enhance- ments discussed starting on page 166. Fluid Mask Fluid Mask is a powerful plug-in that helps make easier work of masking around complex areas like hair and fur. As soon as you open Fluid Mask, it analyzes your image and marks what it thinks are edges with blue lines (see Figure 19-3) so you can decide which edges you want to keep and which ones you want to zap and then create a cutout of your image to send back to Photoshop to use as a mask. You can also save your project and return to it later—a nice touch. Fluid Mask costs about$150 (www.vertustech.com). Photoshop cs5: The Missing Manual 772
13. Making Selections and Masking Figure 19-3: These blue lines mark the edges that Fluid Mask found in the image. If you use a combination of the plug-in’s tools (on the left), you can mark areas you want to keep and ones you want to throw away. Mask Pro Mask Pro helps you pick the precise colors you want to keep or remove as you build image masks. It gives you two eyedroppers to work with: Use one to select colors you want to keep and the other to select colors you want to throw away (see Figure 19-4). Then, you can use its Magic Brush to paint away the background while the program helps you along by referring to the Keep and Drop color palettes you made. Mask Pro can also extract partial color from a pixel, leaving you with a partially transparent pixel—important when you’re selecting hair or fur (the edges are so soft that they have to be partially see-through to blend in with a new background). You can also view the image in mask mode, which helps you see what the selection looks like because it’s displayed in shades of gray (just like a layer or channel mask). Mask Pro can work with 16-bit images and works as a Smart Filter though you have to turn the layer into a Smart Object first (see page 126); otherwise, the plug-in deletes the selected pixels as soon as you apply it. It costs around $160, though it’s cheaper if you buy it as part of a bundle (www.ononesoftware.com). Tip: When you install an onOne Software plug-in like Mask Pro, it shows up in the Filter menu and in a brand-new menu between Window and Help called “onOne”. chapter 19: beyond photoshop: plug-ins 773 14. Color Correction and Enhancement Figure 19-4: Because masking plug-ins are inherently complex, the folks who created Mask Pro help you get up to speed by including “Show Me How” videos and tips (shown here). Color Correction and Enhancement The plug-ins in this category can spruce up or fix the color in your images and produce a startling array of special effects while they’re at it. Read on for the scoop! Viveza As you’ve learned in previous chapters, before you adjust the color of a specific part of your image, you need to select it. Not so with Viveza. Since this plug-in made its debut in early 2008, it has revolutionized selective color and light adjustments. If you mark the areas you want to change with control points (the small gray circles shown in Figure 19-5), you can adjust the saturation, brightness, and contrast of those areas at warp speed. And Viveza performs its magic on a duplicate layer, so you don’t have to worry about it destroying your original image. It’s available from www.niksoft- ware.com and costs around$200. Color Efex Pro If you could buy just one plug-in, Color Efex Pro would be a darn good choice. Using the same control points as other Nik Software plug-ins, this one lets you selectively apply 52 enhancement filters and over 250 effects to your images—all nondestruc- tively. You can use them to enhance images in creative ways, as well as to fix color casts, smooth skin, and so on (see Figure 19-6). Drop as many control points as you want and use them to set the effect’s opacity in certain areas of your image or click the Brush button to paint the effect where you want it. The price ranges from $100 for 15 filters to$300 for all 52, and it’s available from www.niksoftware.com. Photoshop cs5: The Missing Manual 774
16. Color Correction and Enhancement Figure 19-6: Top: This split-screen preview shows you before and after versions of an image. This particular filter, called Bleach Bypass, creates a high- contrast grunge look. (If this look interests you, head over to page 778 and read about LucisArt Pro.) Bottom: The Glamour Glow filter gives the original image (left) a seriously dreamy look (right). But because Color Efex Pro applies the effect on another layer, you can always lower its opacity to blend it with the original. SkinTune, the other half of PhotoTune, is designed to produce accurate skin color based on the subject’s ethnicity. Just click a patch of skin and then select the person’s ethnicity from a pop-up menu (shown in Figure 19-8). SkinTune presents you with a row of color swatches similar to that particular skin tone; just click the one that looks best to you. It also zaps any color cast from the skin and removes the same cast from the rest of the photo. You can take a snapshot of your image and compare it with other versions produced with different settings, as well as save your settings and apply them to similar images later. Both ColorTune and SkinTune work as Smart Filters, but you have to convert your image layer to a Smart Object first (page 126). PhotoTune costs $160, and it’s available from www.ononesoftware.com. Photoshop cs5: The Missing Manual 776 17. Color Correction and Enhancement Figure 19-7: ColorTune asks you to pick the better of two images in a series of six steps. It’s by far the easiest way to color correct your images. Figure 19-8: After you choose your subject’s ethnicity, you can pick from a row of color swatches developed by the folks at onOne Software. They took countless photos of people and as- sembled their skin tones into a massive database of over 400,000 different skin types. That’s a lot of skin! chapter 19: beyond photoshop: plug-ins 777 18. Miscellaneous Plug-Ins PhotoTools This plug-in includes more than 150 photographic effects developed by the onOne team, as well as 100 extra effects from Photoshop guru Jack Davis and wedding photographer Kevin Kubota. PhotoTools helps you create beautiful portraits and vignettes, combine multiple effects into a layer mask, and more. You can export sev- eral versions of your image with different color profiles (page 48), which is handy if the result is headed to a printer or the Web. You can also apply a watermark (a par- tially transparent graphic) to your files to help protect them from copyright violators when you post them on the Web. This plug-in does its thing on its own brand-new layer so it’s nondestructive, and it can also batch-process images. The pro edition costs$260 and the standard edition, without the effects from Jack Davis and Kevin Kubota, costs $160 (unless you buy it as part of onOne’s Plug-In Suite). It’s available from www.ononesoftware.com. Miscellaneous Plug-Ins Most of the plug-ins covered in this section relate to specific tasks like enhancing detail, making enlargements, building websites, and so on, but some also alter color. LucisArt This plug-in has been around for many years and, while it’s popular in scientific and medical circles, it’s only recently begun to make a splash in the creative realm. Using a process originally developed to enhance details in images captured with electron microscopes, it brings out more detail from your image than you knew was there. Using only the luminance (lightness) info from your image, it enhances details with- out destroying highlights or shadows or shifting color (though you can control the color with a slider because you may want to shift the color a little). With this plug-in, you can vary your image in thousands of ways by tweaking just a couple of sliders, and although you could possibly reproduce some of these effects with Photoshop, you’d never know these possibilities existed if you didn’t use this software first. You can use this plug-in to tweak individual channels or work on the composite channel (page 189), and you can also blend the original back into the processed image using a slider. Figure 19-9 gives you a taste of what you can do with LucisArt. The pro version will set you back$595, but if you make your living work- ing with images, it’s money well spent; a light version that offers fewer settings and gives you limited control over mid-range contrast patterns and reducing scan lines is available for $280 for the Mac and$360 for PCs (www.lucisart.com). Photoshop cs5: The Missing Manual 778
20. Miscellaneous Plug-Ins choose from over 20 different film types to simulate the look and grain of real film, add tints, or burn the edges of your image. It works as a Smart Filter and costs about $200 (www.niksoftware.com). Figure 19-10: Silver Efex Pro, currently the most powerful black-and- white plug-in on the market, helps you create the look of black-and-white images captured on real film. If you want to add a little grain to your image, you can pick from several different options that look like real film grain. Genuine Fractals If you need to enlarge an image, this plug-in will save your bacon. It lets you create printable versions of even low-resolution images (like those made for the Web or captured with a low-quality setting on your digital camera). It can blow images up to over 1,000 percent to make honkin’ big panoramas, enlarge still frames from old videos to create higher-quality versions, and so on. It can scale any Photoshop docu- ment—even if it’s brimming with Smart Object layers (page 77), paths (page 26), or Type layers (page 76)—without losing resolution or harming the image’s quality. Just pick the pixels dimensions (if you know them), enter a percentage for the enlarge- ment, or enter the print size and resolution you want (page 243). If your image’s pro- portions don’t match those of the paper size you pick, Genuine Fractals offers you a cropping grid. It also batch-processes images. The pro version costs$300 and the standard version, without CMYK image support, runs \$160 (www.ononesoftware. com). Photoshop cs5: The Missing Manual 780