I’m happy, excited, (and somewhat relieved) to finally announce the release of the TK7 panel for Photoshop CC. This is a major update to the TKActions V6 panel and there are lots of improvements. New functions, new actions, new buttons, new masks, new workflow possibilities, and new options for creating, modifying and outputting masks. But perhaps the best news is how little the panel has actually changed visually. The V6 architecture is a robust platform, and all the new TK7 features fit on it easily. If you’ve been using the V6 panel (or even the free Basic V6 panel), then it will be easy to adapt to the TK7 panel. Most buttons, menus, and functions are still in the same place. They have just been upgraded and enhanced with the new TK7 functions.
The video at the bottom is a broad overview of the TK7 panel and covers many of the new features. Some of the most important improvements are listed below.
- Automated installation−Manual installation no longer required. There are installers included in the download folder to properly install the different modules on your computer’s hard drive.
- Easy update−Many of the user-saved values, like language choice and user action names from the V6 panel, transfer automatically to the TK7 panel.
- Buttons are 20% larger.
- Rollover help is accessed by holding down the ALT button (Mac: option button).
- Smart blur−The panel calculates what it thinks is an optimal feather or blur radius for many actions (but users are still given the option to change it if they want).
- Several new and/or improved actions−Spotlight, Freehand Vignette, RGB ↔ Lab , Dehaze, and Add Color
- Multi-dimension web-sharpening. (This has been added to the Batch module also.)
- New buttons: Content-Aware Fill and disable/enable layer mask.
- CTRL/command functions have been added for several buttons to provide alternate placement for the new layers the buttons create.
- The adjustment layers menu is easier to open so that new adjustment layers can now be accessed with one-click.
- Rapid Mask engine generates masks approximately 20% faster.
- New Color Zone masks.
- New CMYK masks.
- Single-slider modify option to “infinitize” any mask using an on-module Levels adjustment.
- New modify functions−Camera Raw filter, black brush, white brush, burn, dodge, Brightness/Contrast, and mask-the-mask.
- “Keep Channels panel clean” option automatically removes the channels used to create masks.
- “Quick Paint” buttons make mask painting faster and easier.
- “Auto-hide selection edges” option so you don’t have to deal with marching ants when preparing to paint through a luminosity selection.
- CTRL/command options to provide alternatives in layer placement when outputting masks.
- Filter Mask option for applying masks to smart object layers with smart filters.
Sean Bagshaw has created a new TK7 Video Guide to walk users through all the functions of the TK7 panel, old and new. The video series has new videos, new techniques, new demos, and new sample images for users to practice along. If you’re familiar with Sean’s teaching style, you know how good he is at explaining everything. There’s a lot of functionality packed into the TK7 panel, and Sean’s new videos cover it all. Watch samples.
You can get the TK7 panel and the TK7 Video Guide on the Panels & Video page, and right now there is a 40% discount programmed into both items. Simply add the items to the shopping cart and the discount is automatically applied. The introductory discount makes this a good time to purchase or upgrade to the new panel. I hope you’ll give it a try.
In addition to Sean Bagshaw, I’m also fortunate to be working with Antonio Prado in Spain, André Distel in Germany, Isabella Tabacchi in Italy, Rafael Coutinho in France, Roy Yuan in China, and Luca Libralato in developing the panel and creating educational materials for it. Their photography is inspiring and their expertise at translating the panel into their native language has opened these techniques to a much larger audience. There are links to the versions they helped create on the products page.