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TK-Mini Panel
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A Photoshop extension panel for making 16-bit Light, Midtone, and Dark luminosity masks.

A Photoshop extension panel for making 16-bit Light, Midtone, and Dark luminosity masks.

Luminosity masks are based on the brightness of individual pixels. For a continuous-tone image, like a photograph, they create perfectly feathered selections that seamlessly blend adjustments and brushstrokes into the image. Exposure blending, luminosity painting, mask painting, and layer masks are some of the applications where luminosity masks give excellent results.

The TK-mini panel creates luminosity masks on Photoshop's Channels panel that isolate light, dark, and midtone tonal ranges for the image. It's up to the user to decide how to apply these masks to their images. Tutorials on my website www.GoodLight.us provide many ideas for getting started.

The panel employs ”action-less” actions that are coded directly into the panel. Smart buttons monitor Photoshop for the current state to insure the encoded action can be accomplished. The luminosity masks are created by a new 16-bit process that insures exceptionally smooth masks and selections.

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Release Notes
Version 1.0.0 First release
Version 1.0.1 End-user license agreement and copyright information added

It may take a few minutes for the Creative Cloud application to download the panel and install it. You'll receive a balloon pup-up message after installation is complete.

Restart Photoshop after installation.

Use the menu bar to navigate as follows: Window >Extensions>TK.

This will open the panel. Open an image to use the buttons to generate the various luminosity masks on the Channels panel. Be sure to check the Channels panel for the results.

Additional information about the panel including an Instructions PDF can be found at: http://www.goodlight.us/writing/tk-mini-panel/tk-mini-panel-1.html

Tutorials on using luminosity masks can be found at: http://www.goodlight.us/writing/tutorials.html

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