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Photoshop plug-ins for retouching

Transparency

Quick introduction

This Photoshop 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 Photoshop plug-inís control panel. Click on the image for a larger
view.
It works with the following image modes: 8 & 16 bit/channel: RGB.

Make transparent

Lights ††† will make lights transparent while becoming 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 foreground/background color transparent. At higher settings more and more will be included.

Graduated effect

One side of the image will be transparent while it becomes more and more opaque towards the other side.
This can be used 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

Original image
Make the sky transparent. Select it as foreground color
New sky image
Place the transparent image onto the new sky image

Example -† HDR like results from two images

The photo to the right was taken in mr. Esmannís 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 lights and 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 photo And paste this layer on top of the correct darks image