Panel Bundle: BW Artisan Pro & Quick Mask Pro

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BW Artisan Pro v1.3.0 Update
16 BITS MASKS AND IMPROVED ALGORITHMS WITH 4 NEW MICRO ZONES

Artisan Pro v1.3 has been updated with 16 bits luminosity masks, and use of the same 16 bits masks in all presets that use masks, except for the split toning features as the difference is not visible. More importantly, the Micro Zone local adjustments feature has been extended with 56 new presets for 4 new micro zones to cover the entire range from Zone 0 to 10, so that each zone has its own preset. On top of that all zones have been revised and are now using very accurate custom-built asymmetrical masks in the background instead of the conventional linear masks resulting in even more subtlety in local adjustments and unmatched accuracy. The sampling requires a bit more precision from the user but will be rewarded with the accuracy of an adjustment.
16 BITS MASKS

Artisan Pro v1.3 is now using 16 bits luminosity masks instead of 8 bits masks. Even though the difference between 8 bits and 16 bits luminosity masks is only visible when applied with extreme settings in extreme situations and the advantages of using 16 bits luminosity masks compared to 8 bits masks is largely mitigated when loading channel masks as a selection (a selection is always 8 bits inside Photoshop), we believe it’s always better to give the discerning user more bit depth.

4 NEW MICRO ZONES AND REVISED ALGORITHMS WITH CUSTOM BUILT ASYMMETRICAL MASKS FOR DRAMATICALLY INCREASED ACCURACY

The previous version of Artisan Pro worked with conventional linear luminosity masks in the background whenever a zone was activated. This method in combination with the method of linear darkening/ lightening on a local level using form free rough selections and the method of counter-gradients to correct the bleeding over the edges of a selected area to create smooth and subtle blending into adjacent areas, was already superior to any other local adjustment method.
With the introduction of 16 bits custom-built asymmetrical masks in Artisan Pro v1.3 instead of linear masks, for all micro zones, the accuracy has increased dramatically, ensuring that other adjacent tonal zones will not or only be minimally affected.

GLOBAL ADJUSTMENTS NAME CHANGE

Previously, the section for global adjustments was called Basic adjustments. For the sake of clarity we’ve changed the name into Global Adjustments as it reflects the purpose of this section better: it is meant only to adjust light/shadow/contrasts on a global level. Nothing else has changed in this section.
The idea is still to start with a B&W conversion, then navigate to Global Adjustments to globally correct the contrast for example, and then go to Advanced Adjustments to locally adjust areas in a photo, regardless the original tonal values in an area, or go to Micro Zone adjustments to also locally adjust areas in a photo, but only for a selected range of tonal values, like Dark Shadows or Mid-Lights. The visible difference between Advanced Adjustments and Micro Zone Adjustments is that in Micro Zones the contrast will be affected locally (increase or decrease)

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Quick Mask Pro v1.2.0 Update

16 BITS MASKS AND IMPROVED ACCURACY

Quick Mask Pro v1.2 has been updated with 16 bits luminosity masks, and use of the same 16 bits masks in all presets that use masks, such as Advanced Refine mask where the activation of a tonal range will also result in the creation of specific luminosity mask in 16 bits.
Furthermore Quick Mask Pro now comes with the Load and Optimize Mask feature that will ensure that a mask that has been finished will get a soft edge. This is a feature that should be used at the very end and saved separately.

16 BITS MASKS

Quick Mask Pro v1.2 is now using 16 bits luminosity masks instead of 8 bits masks. Even though the difference between 8 bits and 16 bits luminosity masks is only visible when applied with extreme settings in extreme situations and the advantages of using 16 bits luminosity masks compared to 8 bits masks is largely mitigated when loading channel masks as a selection (a selection is always 8 bits inside Photoshop), we believe it’s always better to give the discerning user more bit depth. Tests have shown that there’s only a visible difference in the end result in a minority of the cases.
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B&W Artisan Pro - For Photoshop CC 2015.5 and higher


Demo videos

B&W Artisan Pro overview
B&W Artisan Pro Instruction Video #7 (from 8)
B&W Artisan Pro Instruction Video #8 (from 8)


Our 2 main objectives for this new panel: faster, more sophisticated but easier and less technical with a focus on being creative

1.Make the process of B&W editing more advanced and accurate and at the same time more focused on expressing creativity in a fast, direct and intuitive way. The main idea is to roughly indicate the area you want to adjust with a lasso tool or any other quick selection tool and then adjust with a click of a button without needing to worry how to technically do that in a correct way, or to worry if transitions to adjacent areas look strange or artificial.
2.Another main objective was that any advanced and technically correct and non-destructive B&W editing should be possible without any PS knowledge or B&W experience and without more than just basic explanation of how the panel works. The Quick Reference Guide should suffice. It is meant for advanced professional users and also for beginners.

Overview All Features and changes

New innovative feature: Advanced Smart Linear Adjustments

Apply a smart linear advanced adjustment by either using quick, approximate selections with the lasso tool or with pre-created masks and click one of the presets.

New innovative feature: Micro Zone Adjustments

Apply a smart linear micro zone adjustment and then alternate between micro zone adjustments and advanced adjustments if necessary and depending on what you want.

Updated feature: Toning - 12 new advanced split tone presets have been added to total 22

This is obviously optional but if you use it, use it at the very end of your workflow and certainly don’t use this as a starting point or in the middle of your workflow.

Updated featue: 10 B&W Conversions: 2 New Fine Art Presets have been added

Convert the color image by applying one of the presets. Neutral is recommended. If you already have a B&W image, like a scanned B&W negative or a digital achromatic file, then skip this step.

Updated feature: 16 new Half Luminosity masks have been added to total 35 different luminosity masks

Besides the normal luminosity masks with 'full values' this new panel now also has all half luminosity masks in between for even more control.

New feature: Quick Installer for Windows and MacOS

The panel now comes with a .pkg or .exe quick installer for Mac and Windows respectively

Basic Adjustments

This was the main tonal adjustment feature in the old panel, now just a final tweaking feature. Correct contrasts or tonality by using one of these presets. The presets in this section are considered to be final tweaking, and it’s recommended to use this minimally as they’re less sophisticated than the other adjustments.

Instantly accessible basic keys

Quick access buttons to most commonly used tools: Load Selection, Deselect Selection, Delete All Channels, Delete Channel, Delete Layer, Duplicate Layer.

Software requirements and compatibility

This panel is built for Photoshop CC2015.5, 2017 and 2018. The panel won't work on other Photoshop versions.

What’s included:

- The B&W Artisan Pro panel
- Free technical updates (functional upgrades may be charged depending on the new features).
- Installer
- Quick Reference Guide + Addendum B&W Conversion and Split toning presets overview with examples + Addendum B&W Basic Adjustments
- An instructional video to complement the Quick Reference Guide will be made available on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 and can be downloaded by clicking on the Manuals button in the panel



Quick Mask Pro - For Photoshop CC 2014 and higher


Product overview

Create intricate base masks within seconds with a few mouse clicks. Refine your base masks fast, easy and non-destructively using the buttons under Quick Refine Mask. This replaces the traditional, labour intensive, workflow of manually refining your mask using a brush or pen with a tablet. To bring out the most delicate parts of your image, like fences, railings, cables, antenna's or even hair, use Advanced Refine Mask.


Demo videos

1.Quick Mask Pro overview
2.Quick Mask Pro demo - The Louvre
3.Quick Mask Pro demo - Flatiron Building
4.Quick Mask Pro demo - Advanced Refinement
5.Quick Mask Pro demo - 100MP Phase One File
6.Quick Mask Pro demo - Masking hair

Why choose this panel?

Every selection tool is based on detecting contrasts or differences in luminance values. Quick Mask Pro can create selections based on luminance levels of just 1 luminance value difference. The secret of this tool is in the automatic creation of base masks based on the histogram and the tools to refine the base masks using smart fill presets that are activated by the click of a button, globally or within a designated area of the image, very accurately.




Automatically generate masks based on your histogram

The panel creates three base masks after clicking one of the five presets found under Base Mask, that roughly corresponds with your histogram. Then evaluate the base masks in the Channels panel. If you're not sure what preset to choose, you can simply try out the other presets. In total there are 15 possible base masks.

In the image below I created a base mask using the preset Low Mid, with just one click of the button. As you can see, it's already pretty accurate.



Quick Refine Mask

The quality of the generated Base Masks depend on the quality of the photo in terms of good object/background isolation and contrast/exposure. Sometimes this results in very accurate base masks that only need some additional fine tuning and other times the fine tuning can be more extensive. Here is where Quick Refine Masks comes into play. Use smart selective fill presets that will only darken or lighten selectively. This, again, replaces the traditional brush and tablet workflow.


The image below is a close up of the image above. It is the dome on the bottom right of the Flatiron Building. Using Quick Refine Mask I managed to refine the mask non-destructively with just a few mouse clicks.

Advanced Refine Mask

To bring out the most delicate parts of an image, use Advanced Refine Mask. In the image below, I zoomed in on the dome above. By the way, this is on 400% magnification! Right next to the dome is a small fence. Invisble with the naked eye in real life, hardly visible when zoomed in 400% in Photoshop. Still, using Advanced Refine Mask I managed to bring out some of the detail.

Left: after using just Quick Refine Mask. Right: after applying Advanced Refine Mask.

Features

Instantly accessible basic keys

Quick access buttons to most commonly used tools: Load Selection, Deselect Selection, Delete All Channels, Delete Channel, Delete Layer, Duplicate Layer.

Base Mask

Create a Base Mask depending on the histogram of your image. There are a total of five options: Low Key Studio, Low Key, Low Mid, Mid High and High Key. Each Base Mask preset generates three masks, found under the Channels Panel.

Quick Refine Mask

Refine your mask quickly using the presets under Quick Refine Mask. Simply click a button to refine, instead of spending hours using a brush and tablet.

Advanced Refine Mask

Use Advanced Refine Mask to bring out the most delicate parts of your image. It can reveal and mask details that are hardly visible when looking the photo zoomed in at a few hundred percent.

Luminosity Masks

Under the Luminosity Masks tab you will find presets to create and delete Luminosity Masks. Also included are Half Luminosity Masks.

Tools

The most commonly used tools for making masks are found under this tab.

Software requirements and compatibility

This panel is built for Photoshop CC2014 and higher, including Photoshop CC 2018. The panel won't work on Photoshop CS versions.

What you will get with the panel

1. The panel.
2. Installation instructions manual and video.
3. An accompanying video tutorial of 25 minutes, exclusively made for this panel.