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TKActions V6

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 its 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. (Sean Bagshaw has a video at the bottom of this page that shows how to do this.) TKActions panels are used worldwide and come pre-programmed with six common languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Chinese. Users can choose the language they prefer.

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. Numbered sections guide users through the 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 video below provides an overview of all the major features of this module.



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.

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Saturation Mask

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.

RapidMask2

  • Multiple masks/multiple sources−Luminosity masks are only the beginning. Channel, color, saturation, and vibrance masks are created just as easily, and entire spectrums of these other pixel-based, self-feathering masks can be made as easily and quickly as the standard luminosity masks. The new SOURCE menus makes it easy to choose different pixel data as the starting point for making masks
  • Better organized−Four distinct sections (SOURCE, MASK, MODIFY, and OUTPUT) that mirror the mask-making process.
  • Spectrum interface−Updated and 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 and converted to Rapid Masks.
  • Add and subtract masks with ease−Two buttons, Plus(+) and Minus(-), make it so all masks can be added and subtracted just like using a calculator.
  • Advanced Mask Calculator−For even more control when combining masks, turn on this feature. It allows addition, subtraction, and intersection of any mask, even modified masks.
  • More output options−Easily create adjustment layers and pixel layers with the current Rapid Mask as a layer mask.
  • Updated Layer Mask mode−Provides an image-based approach to quickly choose or create the best mask by having the mask applied directly as a layer mask on the active layer.
  • Accent color interface−Only one accent color for the entire module 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.

Combo/Cx

  • Compact design−Combines the all features, functions, and actions of the V5 Control and Actions modules into one.
  • Run Photoshop from the module−Many common Photoshop functions, keyboard shortcuts, and menu items can be run with a single button click from the module.
  • Muted color interface−Separates buttons into logical groups in order to quickly find the correct Photoshop function.
  • Multi-function buttons−Several buttons have dual functions that are graphically displayed on the button itself.
  • Use the "TK ▶" button to access the creative Photoshop actions menu−Includes new actions for Smart Orton and Neutralize Cast 2 for creative development, and Stack, Align, and Focus Blend for blending multiple images.
  • Integrated web-sharpening−Sharpen images for the web to any dimension, convert to sRGB, and run post-sharpening actions.
  • Expanded user actions−Ten programmable actions, accessed via the "User ▶" button, allow users to run their own actions directly from the panel.

Batch

  • Multi-image sharpening−Resize and sharpen entire folders of images for the web with one button click.

All Modules

  • Active selection indicator−Shows when there is an active selection even if there are no marching ants visible.
  • Rollover help−Rolling the mouse over any button displays a help message in the window at the bottom of the 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 available on the Panels & Videos page. Several sample videos from the series can be viewed below.







The video below is my own and looks at the concepts behind the V6 panel.



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.