This plug-in gives you full control over transparency. Use this to create HDR like images from two exposures or to retouch specific areas. Graduated effect lets you fuse two images in graphic design.This is the Transparency plug-in’s control panel. Click on the image for a larger view.It works with the following image modes:8 & 16 bit/channel: RGB.
Lights will make lights transparent while becomming more and more opaque towards the darks.Darks does the opposite of Lights.
Within limits and Outside limits are to be used in conjunction with the next set of controls. Here you set the brightness values that make up the limits.Softness wil make the transparency within the selected values be either hard-edged or soft edged.
You can also disable the above controls and set the plug-in to make the foreground or background color (as selected in Photoshop) transparent. Or use the colorpicker to select a color
Spread selection will, at 0, only make the exact forground/background color transparent. At higher settings more and more will be included.
One side of the image will be transparent while it becomes more and more opaque towards the other side.
This can be usen when you combine images in graphic design and want to fuse edges smoothly with the background. Simply select the edge-area in Photoshop and run the plug-in.
Example - replacing the sky
Make the sky transparent.Select it as foreground color
New sky image
Place the transparent imageonto the new sky image
Example - HDR like results from two images
The photo to the right was taken in mr. Esmann’s studio. The lights are wildly over-exposed and the darks are somewhat under-exposed.The far right photo is retouched with the plug-in.Here we have combined two exposures. Of course you need to have your camera on a tripod for this to work.
Regular photo with over-exposed lightsand under-exposed darks
Combining two exposures with the plug-in
Take one photo with corrects darks
Take one photo with correct lights
Make darks transparent in the correct lights photoAnd paste this layer on top of the correctdarks image