Photoshop Stuff

Here are a few plug-ins I've written for Photoshop. This stuff isn't rocket science. It just attempts to fill a need.
 

 

Do you find this stuff useful?

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Notice! Note to Mac PS7/CS/OSX users: These plug-ins do not work with PS7 (nor with CS) under OSX. They will work with PS7 if you boot OS9. Sorry. I am, however, demand driven. Let me know if this is of interest.

Notice! Don't forget... You have to exit and re-start Photoshop for new plug-ins to show up in the menus!

Send comments/critiques/praise/enhancement suggestions, or just let me know that you downloaded one of these, by e-mail to gparet@cloud9.net. Because of the increasing load of spam that I've been getting, you'll get an automatic 'e-mail challenge' message back the first time you send to me, but go ahead and respond to it because I'd like to hear from you!

Happy Photoshopping!


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Grids

Grid Dialog I've seen and used several suggestions and techniques for drawing grids with Photoshop which generally consisted of creating a pattern and replicating it, or dragging and snapping lines to ruler guides. I wanted to try to create a more general utility to do this. If you create a selection or path it can be 'Stroked' to paint the grid. Try expanding, feathering, or blurring, etc. a selection before stroking. 'Inside' stroking is rather useless on the selections the plug-in creates, but 'centered' does what is expected and 'outside' pleasantly surprised me. You can choose to create only vertical or only horizontal (TV lines effect?) lines.

Future enhancements could include offsets, rotation, etc., etc. Let me know what you think might be useful.

Download [PC] grid.zip (~15KB) or [Mac] grid.hqx (~32KB), then register.

There is no 'installer' included. Copy the included .8bs file to your plugins folder. Notice!This is a Selection plug-in, not a filter. It shows up in Photoshop as Select/Other/Grid.

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Polygons

Polygon Dialog Before version 6, Photoshop didn't have a built-in command to draw regular polygons (other than rectangles). You can draw one in another application, such as Illustrator, and paste it into Photoshop, but often this is overkill for just a simple shape or two. (Note: Photoshop 5 comes with a PolygonSelect.8li automation plug-in that can be installed. It won't work with Photoshop 4. This one does.)

This plug-in draws N-sided polygons and/or a circle into the selection, a path, or a new layer. If you create a selection or a path it can be 'stroked' to paint the object. Try (free-)transforming, expanding, feathering, or blurring, etc., before stroking.

Future enhancements could include scaling, offseting, rotation, etc., etc. Let me know what you think might be useful.

Download [PC] polygon.zip (~15KB) or [Mac] polygon.hqx (~36KB), then register.

There is no 'installer' included. Copy the included .8bs file to your plugins folder. Notice!This is a Selection plug-in, not a filter. It shows up in Photoshop as Select/Other/Polygon.

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Selection Outliner and Un-Featherer

Bounds Dialog Before Photoshop 6 arrived, I wanted to be able to crop to the outside edge of any given (irregular or feathered) selection, but Photoshop required that there be a non-feathered, rectangular selection. I wrote a plug-in that will find the rectangular outline of a selection. This can then be followed by a crop. The two operations can be recorded into an action for one-step access. This plug-in also has options to remove feathering from a selection by selecting only fully selected pixels (minimize) or any partially selected pixels (maximize). It's not fancy, but it is what I needed.

Download [PC] bounds.zip (~8KB) or [Mac] bounds.hqx (~32KB), then register.
Also, some Bounds Actions.

There is no 'installer' included. Copy the included .8bs file to your plugins folder. Notice!This is a Selection plug-in, not a filter. It shows up in Photoshop as Select/Other/Bounds.

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Color Counter

This plug-in counts the colors used in an image. It's pretty simple-minded, so it needs to allocate a big chunk of memory to mark off which colors are in use. (2MB for RGB, 512MB(!) for CMYK.) You can do single channels, too, with very little memory required. It does 16-bit grayscale images, but doesn't even try to do other 16-bit modes. Maybe some day... Any requests?

There is only a PC version available (for now).
Download [PC] ColorCounter.zip (~27KB) then register.
Let me know if you need a Mac version sooner than later.

There is no 'installer' included. Copy the included .8bs file to your plugins folder. It shows up in Photoshop as Filter/Other/ColorCounter.

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Gamma Filter

There has been some talk in the Newsgroups about the fact that the Photoshop Levels control does not do an arithmetically consistent Gamma adjustment. I wrote this plug-in before I realized that the middle slider in the Levels adjustment was even similar. (I know there are differences, Timo, Chris, et.al. -- no religious wars here please! <v.b.grin!>)

I never really finished this thing. It is pre-PS4 actions scripting. It is broken in that it only seems to work on the background layer (unless you select just one channel in another... hmmm...). The factor applied is really the reciprocal of the value entered. It just seemed to make more sense to me that way. You can get the reciprocal of that by entering a negative number. (E.g., entering -1.2 is the same as entering .833) This made sense to me in the case of "un-applying" a factor. I will probably add the scripting and fix the layers problem eventually. Any requests to do so would be incentive. I'm hoping someone will check out the math and get back to me.

There is only a PC version available. Download gamma.zip (~6KB), then register.

There is no 'installer' included. Copy or un-zip the .8bf file to your plugins folder. It shows up in Photoshop as Filter/Other/Gamma.

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HTML Color Tags

For pre-5.5 users, here is a plug-in that displays the current foreground and background in the hexadecimal format used in HTML's color tags. It is technically a filter even though it does not modify the image in any way. It is not a color-picker either - it can not modify the color settings. Alt/Ctrl-OK copies foreground/background value to the clipboard for pasting into other applications.

There is only a PC version available. Download showhtmlcolors.zip (~7KB), then register.

There is no 'installer' included. Copy or un-zip the .8bf file to your plugins folder. It shows up in Photoshop as Filter/Other/Show HTML Colors.

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