I’m very happy to announce the all new TKActions V5 panel for Photoshop. This version is the next step in the evolution of luminosity masks, and it’s quite significant. The V5 panel was coded from the ground up and designed to make luminosity masks easier, faster, and more powerful than ever before. It features a new masked-based interface made possible by a speedier method I developed to generate pixel-based masks. Users will now see luminosity masks up front to quickly decide which one to use. If the standard masks aren’t quite right, no problem. There are buttons to modify any mask in real time and create a custom mask specific to the image. To complete the process, there is a full range of dedicated output buttons to insure a 16-bit workflow from mask to image.
It’s worth noting that the V5 panel still makes true 16-bit luminosity masks using Photoshop calculations. They are the same self-feathering masks that have changed the way we develop images in Photoshop. But now they’re available faster than ever, can be infinitely customized, and are displayed on-screen in a way that makes them much easier to see and use.
The new panel is also much smaller. Instead of one large mega-panel, the V5 is a series of modules. Users can open, close, dock, and arrange the modules in whatever way works best for their workflow.
Additional features in the TKActions V5 panel include:
Extended spectrums in multiple channels. In addition to the full spectrum of luminosity masks, the V5 generates Lights, Darks and Zone masks for component color channels, saturation/vibrance, color, and Color Range.
Quick-click “Control” module. This module has new buttons to run Photoshop to avoid having to search menus or remember keyboard shortcuts.
Quick-learn “Intro” module. This new module provides a simplified interface that creates all the basic luminosity masks, offers infinity modification, and has the full range of deployment options. Plus there is extended rollover help for those just getting started using luminosity masks.
Advanced “Auto-Apply” option. Applies masks directly to the active layer to instantly see the effect on the image.
Updated web-sharpening. Now with new controls for color profile conversion, running a personal action on the sharpened image, and an “extra sharp” option for detailed images.
Batch sharpening. Entire folders of images can be sharpened and saved instead of doing one at a time.
Multiple languages. The V5 comes programmed with a user interface that displays in four languages−English, Italian, German, or Spanish.
Updated active selection indicator. Users can now choose different active selection indicators to optimize how this feature displays on each module.
Rollover help on all buttons. A “Help” window at the bottom of each module tells what each button does.
Many other new actions and features. Mask modification, smart “Pick” button, history tracking of luminosity masks, creative image enhancement, and much more
There are videos about the new panel below. The one by Sean Bagshaw is from his new V5 Video Guide series. More information and additional videos can be viewed on my website. You can also download the detailed Instructions PDF.
There are two different versions of the V5 panel: one for Photoshop CS6 and another for Photoshop CC. An illustrated installation guide is included in the download folder.
As part of the official release of the new panel, an introductory discount is available to everyone on new purchases for next 2 weeks. Use the following code: V520off
It takes 20% off anything on the Panels & Videos page including the new V5 panel and Sean’s V5 Video Guide series that explains it in detail. Just copy and paste the code in the shopping cart to take advantage of this discount.
I hope you will give the TKActions V5 panel and videos a try. It’s another big step forward for luminosity masks and will change forever the way you use them.
NOTE #1: Things tend to get a bit hectic when there is a new panel. If you leave a comment or contact me and I don’t respond right away, please be patient. It may take a few days, but I’ll eventually catch up.
NOTE #2: The TK Infinity Mask panel has NOT been updated. This panel works independently of the V5 and remains the same. The TKActions V5 panel only replaces the TKActions V4 panel.