Thank you for using on our of extensions. Here's a primer to get you started:
Option 1 (preferred):
Extract the .zip file that you downloaded. If you're not familiar with how to extract .zip files, please view this video for instructions on Windows 10:
Install the extracted .zxp file using ZXPInstaller, which you can download here:
ZXPInstaller is available for both Windows and OS X. If dragging and dropping the file in to the installation window doesn't work, click inside ZXPInstaller to select the extension file you downloaded from us.
If for whatever reason ZXPInstaller doesn't work, you can try another tool here:
Both of these tools are recommended by Adobe.
Also included in the .zip file are folders named 'com.inalbeo.grade', 'com.inalbeo.filmic', or 'com.inalbeo.sequential', depending on what extension you're installing. These can be installed simply by moving the folder to:
Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions
OSX: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions
Be sure to move the folder as named above and not the contents of the folder.
After the installation is done and Photoshop has been restarted, the extensions will be available in the toolbar under 'Window' > 'Extensions'. If you're still having issues, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help you out.
By far the best way to learn how to use Filmic and Grade is to watch our video overviews of them: Filmic and Grade. These are also available on the product pages. Written instructions are available below.
With an image open in Photoshop, mouse over the desired preset. A preview layer will instantly appear. To make the preview layer in to a permanent preset layer, click the preset button. By default, the opacity of the presets is 50%, allowing for versatility in how powerful you want the preset to be. Filmic has shortcuts included to speed up your workflow: Hold the Ctrl key (Command on Mac) down while previewing a preset to change the opacity to 25%, the Shift key for 75%, and both Ctrl and Shift for 100%. Note: due to a technical limitation the mouse must be moving, even slightly, for these shortcuts to work.
Any single preset at 100% is beyond what it was designed for. Think of it as a "boost mode" that won't work well for most images. Multiple presets can be added to the same image. The combined opacity of multiple presets is generally best between 25% and 100%. For example, if each of 4 presets added to the same image had an opacity of 25%, their combined opacity would be 100%.
- Similar presets are grouped together by default and tend to combine well, but feel free to experiment!
- Like the colors of a preset but not the changes in brightness? Change the blending mode of the preset layer in the Layers panel to Color. If you like the brightness of a preset but not the color, try the Luminosity blending mode.
- The preset layers can be masked, and come with a layer mask. If you don't want the preset to affect part of the image, simply mask it out.
- Several of the presets increase contrast. If parts of your image are getting "overexposed," use the Darken Highlights preset to bring them back down.
With an image open in Photoshop, click on the "Create" button to create the necessary layers which will be placed in a "Toner" group. Below the Create button are three buttons that select which luminosity ranges we'll work on, with "Mids" being selected by default. To add color to the selected range, click (but not click and drag) in the color circle. As the mouse is moved around, the color will change. The saturation of the color is controller by how near the edge the cursor is. To stop changing the color, click the mouse again. To remove the color, right click in the color circle.
To the left of the color circle are the opacity controls, which default to 20%. To the right are the brightness controls, which default to 50%. Click in each control to start changing it, and then click again to stop. Hold the Ctrl key (Command on Mac) to affect all of your colors at once. Again, right click will reset the selected control to it's default.
Below the color circle are the Limit controls. Here you can roughly see which parts of the image are being affected by which colors. The left part of the histogram are the dark parts of the image, and the right are the bright parts. You can limit which parts of the image are being affected by clicking on the histogram. The control that starts to the left will remove the color from the dark parts of the image, and the control that starts to the right will remove it from the brights. To increase the smoothness of the transition on the set limits, hold the Shift key while setting them. Right click resets.
Directly below the Limit controls are arrows that control the luminosity of the selected luminance range. For example, if the "Lows" luminance range is selected, moving the black indicator to the right will make the darkest part of the lows darker. Moving the middle indicator to the right would increase the brightness of the "Lows" as a whole while staying contrated on the midtones of the "Lows." Moving the white indicator the left would make the "Lows" brighter, affecting the brightest parts of the lows the most. These changes can be limited in the above Limit controls by holding the Ctrl (Command on Mac) key while using it, and holding Ctrl and Shift will make the transition more gradual.
Finally, at the bottom of the panel are several blending modes. The layers are on the color blending mode by default, which means they simply affect color. The other blend modes will have a greater effect, and can drastically change based on the brightness of the color. Clicking on a blending mode button will change the selected tone range's color, while Ctrl clicking will change all of your colors.
- Don't feel like you need to add colors to all three tone ranges - lows and highs are probably the most important, and adding color to just one of them can work well too.
- There are specific color patterns that work well. For instance, putting lows on one side of the color wheel and highs directly across from it tend to work well. If working with three colors, a triangle pattern can work well.
- The brightness of a selected luminosity range can be changed without adding a color.
- It can be a good idea to take a visual break from an image and come back to it. Eyes adjust quickly. Even looking out a window for a few seconds can be helpful.
- There are more blending modes than we have buttons for - feel free to experiment, and if you really like a mode in particular let us know. The hue mode will be added in the next update.
- The layer masks that the panel creates can be viewed by Alt-clicking the mask. This can be helpful to see what is getting affected.
Sequential is great for going through a folder of images quickly. A good use case is going through a large set of images to do small retouches. Once an image is open, clicking the "Close" button will go to the next image. The "Save" button will also go to the next image, but will save the current image first. By default, if the image is a .psd, it will save with layers intact. If not, it will flatten the layers and save as the original file type. The "Prev" button will open up the previous image in a new window, keeping the current image open without closing or saving it.
There are additional options in the menu of the panel. To access the menu, click on the button on the top right of the panel.
- Show Thumbnails: Show thumbnails of the previous, current, and next images. Only some file types can be shown as thumbnails.
- Show Timer Usage: Keep a running timer of how long the current image has been open, how much time is being spent per image, and the total time the panel/Photoshop have been open.
- Always save as JPEG: No matter the file type of the current image, the Save button will save the current image as a .jpg.
- Save as prepended copy: "1a_" will be prepended to the filename of any saved files.
Be sure to test Sequential on your system before using for any serious work. We've tested it extensively, but changes to Photoshop or individual system configurations could potentially cause a malfunction. We are not liable for any time or work lost due to this extension. However, if something does happen please let us know.