The TKActions V6 panel is the newest release of the comprehensive panel for making luminosity masks and running Photoshop. It includes all the features of the previous V5 panel plus many new ones. Like it's predecessor, the V6 panel is again modular, so users can configure it in whatever manner works best in their workspace. The Combo module even has two different arrangements to allow a new compact layout if that's desired.
The new RapidMask2 module uses the unique Rapid Mask engine to quickly generate entire spectrums of luminosity masks and other pixel-based masks at near real time speeds. The mask-based interface calculates 16-bit masks and users see these up front to make intelligent choices about which one to use. The interface is organized with a top-to-bottom workflow that makes creating masks quick and easy. There are numbered sections to guide users through the mask-creation process. There are several modification options including an advanced mask calculator that allows all masks, even modified masks, to be combined in unique ways.
The V6 panel is streamlined and efficient. Most users will only need two of the V6 modules (RapidMask2 plus one of the Combo modules) to do everything. In addition to the main interface, there are logical submenus that can be easily accessed, and which automatically close when they are no longer needed. Rolling the mouse over the image below displays more of the underlying interface available in these modules.
The TKActions V6 panel is designed exclusively for Photoshop CC to take advantage of the HTML5 architecture that Photoshop CC can accommodate. Below are some of the features of each module.
A detailed instructions PDF for the V6 modules can be download here: Get the instructions PDF
Where to Get It
The TKActions V6 panel is available on the Panels & Videos page.
Sean Bagshaw Videos
Sean Bagshaw is an expert user of luminosity masks. For many years he has helped me improve TKActions and has created numerous videos that teach photographers how to use these techniques. For the V6 panel, Sean has put together a comprehensive "V6 Video Guide" series that covers all the V6 modules in detail. The videos review how to install the modules, how to set up Photoshop for luminosity masks, how to use the various buttons, and ways to incorporate the panel into a any workflow. Sean has a unique ability to explain even complicated things in a manner that makes them understandable to almost everyone, and while the modules really aren't all that complex, Sean shows just how easy it is to use them. The "V6 Video Guide" is availble on the Panels & Videos page. Several sample videos from the series can be viewed below.
The videos below are my own and look at the concepts behind the V6 panel and provide an overview of the RapidMask2 module.
I hope you find the TKActions V6 panel useful in your photography. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.