I’m pleased to announce that there is a new RapidMask2 module for TKActions.
Since releasing the TKActions V5 panel last December I’ve played with several new ideas for using the Rapid Mask engine to generate luminosity and other masks in Photoshop. The new RapidMask2 module is the result of these experiments and effectively replaces the V5 Intro, RapidMask, and LayerMask modules. It has all their functionality plus lots of new features.
Because it’s such a significant improvement, RapidMask2 is going to start TKActions V6. TKActions already went modular with the V5 panel, so I’ll simply be updating and releasing new V6 modules, like RapdidMask2, when they are finished. Since this first V6 module is happening relatively soon after the release of the V5 panel, the new V6 modules will be free to customers who have already purchased V5. During the transition from V5 to V6, customers will receive all V5 and V6 modules and can choose the ones they want use.
Customers who purchased V5 for PS CC were emailed links to download RapidMask2 directly from the server on September 5/6. Be sure to check your email’s junk/spam folder if you missed it. Also, be sure to add the server’s address (firstname.lastname@example.org) as a safe email contact to insure future updates go to your inbox and do not get sorted to the spam/junk folder where they can be missed.
A couple of important things:
- Spanish customers have not received their updates yet. I apologize for the delay. Hopefully everything will be ready next week.
- There is no Photoshop CS6 version of RapidMask2. This module uses advanced coding that is only supported by Photoshop CC. V5 customers using CS6 should contact me if they upgrade to CC.
Below is a list of the most important new features in RapidMask2.
- Better organized−Four distinct sections (SOURCE, MASK, MODIFY, and OUTPUT) that mirror the mask-making process.
- Source menus−New menu design for choosing different pixel data as the starting point for making masks.
- Spectrum interface−Compact spectrum interface for choosing different masks.
- New masks−Lights-6, Darks-6, and Vibrance.
- User-created color masks−Color masks that target specific colors can be generated with ease and converted to Rapid Masks for modification and output.
- Add and subtract masks with calculator simplicity−Two buttons, plus(+) and minus(-), make it so all masks can be added and subtracted just like using a calculator.
- Enhanced “Layer” output button−Provides new pixel layer choices for generating layers with the current Rapid Mask as the layer mask.
- Updated Layer Mask mode−Provides an image-based option to quickly choose or create the best mask by having it applied directly as a layer mask on the active layer.
- Accent color−There is just one color for the entire module, an accent color, that users can change to whatever they prefer.
- Click tracking−Buttons retain an accent-colored shadow after clicking so users can track which mask they last chose.
The video below reviews these features in more detail. It is best viewed in full-screen mode in order to see everything that’s happening.
Sean Bagshaw has also updated his V5 Video Guide series to include five new videos that cover the RapidMask2 module in detail. A download link for these has also been emailed to customers who purchased his original V5 Video Guide. The new vids are included in his updated V5/V6 Video Guide series. The intro is shown below.
If you already have the V5 panel, I think you’ll find the new RapidMask2 module a big step forward both in masking functionality and ease of use. Please be sure to check for the free update in your email, install it, and give it a try.
If you don’t have the TKActions panel yet, a 25% discount code is available for the next two weeks: V625off.
It provides a 25% discount on anything on the Panels & Videos page.