ARCPanel

Luminosity masks and more


SOURCE


MASKS

ZONES


REFINE with


APPLY to

TOOLS


FREQUENCY SEPARATION


ORTON EFFECT


DODGE & BURN

* Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5-2019s is required
Key Features
True 16-bit luminosity masks
Intuitive and simple user interface
Fastest mask generation on the market
Unique Preview on Hover feature
How it works
  • Hover to preview mask, click to generate it
  • Refine generated mask with Levels, Curves or other tools
  • Apply mask to desired layer
  • Profit!
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* Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5-2019s is required
Details
ARCMask – fast and simple 16bit mask generator.
No more rocket-science!
Quick Actions
  • Paint Mask – let's you pick a mask and paint it through on the black mask of the current layer
  • Quick Blend – applies mask to layer with just 1 click, works best for blending exposures
  • Group White/Black – a button to quickly group layers with either white ot black mask applied
Mask sources

SOURCE

Mask source is a base for all other masks. By default, Luminosity is used, but you can select other sources to generate, eg. Saturation masks

  • Luminosity – regular luminosity mask
  • RL – luminosity mask for Red channel
  • GL – luminosity mask for Green channel
  • BL – luminosity mask for Blue channel
  • Saturation – mask, applying to most saturated pixels of the image
Luminosity / Saturation Masks

MASKS

Mask is generated based on selected source. If no source is selected – Luminosity is used
Gradient provides a hint on which part of the image will be selected

  • Darks 1-6 – generates masks for darks parts of the image
  • Mids 1-6 – generates masks for midtones
  • Lights 1-6 – generates masks for light parts of the image
Adams' Zones System *

ZONES

Adams' Zones “slice” image into luminosity ranges, selecting only required part of the image for you
Zone is generated based on selected source. If no source is selected – Luminosity is used
Gradient provides a hint on which part of the image will be selected

  • Zones 0-10 – generates Adam's zone masks
Refine

REFINE with

Refine lets you apply some changes to the generated mask
This section is bound to be expanded with more refinement tools

  • Levels – will invoke Layers dialog allowing to shift light balance of the mask
  • Curves – will invoke Curvea dialog allowing to refine mask
  • Invert – will invert the mask
Apply

APPLY to

Apply section lets to set generated mask on the desired layer

  • Levels – creates a new Levels adjustment with generated mask set
  • Curves – creates a new Curves adjustment with generated mask set
  • Selection – sets generated mask as a selection
  • To Layer – sets generated mask on the selected layer
  • Adjustment Layer – lets you pick any Adjustment layer and set mask on it
ARCEnhance – enhance your pictures with artistic filters!
Tools

TOOLS

  • Solar Curve – a special curve that makes it much easier to spot dust, scratches or issues with clone stamp on the image.
Frequency Separation

FREQUENCY SEPARATION

  • Frequency Separation – helpful tool that lets you extract texture and modify it independently from other parts of the image.
    Main appliances: smoothening human skin, fixing lens flares, professional product retouching.
  • Gaussian Blur gives more conventional results
  • Surface Blur works good in portraits
  • Median gives much better results and fine-tuning for product retouching.
  • Every method will generate extra layers for quick re-touching of low and high frequencies and a hidden Texture Boost layer to simplify work with skin.
  • Selecting "Mixer brush" checkbox will pre-select Mixer Brush after Frequency Separation is built.
Orton Effect

ORTON EFFECT

Orton Effect is a very popular enhancement brining that magical glow to the pictures

  • Orton Heavy – strong and visible Orton Effect
  • Orton Soft – a softer version of Orton Effect
  • Selecting Preserve Darks checkbox will also apply a special mask, that will exclude effect from darkest parts of the image to avoid underexposure.
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Dodge & Burn

DODGE & BURN

Dodging and Burning is the main post-processing technique. Dodging is brightening, and Burning is darkening parts of the image.
Panel provides 5 Dodge&Burn techniques

  • Grey Layers – the most used technique – two 50% grey layers with Overlay and Soft Light blending modes
  • Curves – A bit emore advanced technique – 2 curves adjustment layers layered in Luminocity. Curves set the limit of dodge/burn to avoid clipping.
  • Automatic – Good for portraits. Lets you select Blend-If ranges for lights and darks – this allowd to automatically update Dodge and Burn when underlying pictures changes

Tutorials

Short overview ARCPanel 1.0.

  • How luminosity masks are built
  • How to refine and apply masks
  • Enhancements overview
  • Frequency Separation
  • Orton Effect
  • Dodge & Burn


* Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5-2019s is required