The post about the Toolkit
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The Retouching Toolkit is many things to many people. But why do I think you should know about it?
I have been using the Adobe platform a long time, in fact, I have never really used anything else. I use Prem Pro, After effect and Audion for moving images and sound, leaving Bridge, Lightroom and Photoshop for stills with Indesign for layouts and pdf based stuff. In short, I am very much a heavy user and a fan of Adobe’s platform. So, the question at large is why am I using the Toolkit when I know and love the tools that Adobe have provided. The answer is that the toolkit allows me to shape photoshop into a program more in line with needs as a photographer. It folds into my workflow very neatly, saves me time, effort and many cases technical know-how.
Is this the same as other panels
Yes and no. Yes in the sense that is a panel that you can use to extend the functions of Photoshop but this really is a totally new thing in terms of action panels. For a start, there is a stand-alone program which lets you design the panel. This is called the configurator. This is used to create the panel. I have been using the standard one which is the Conny Wallstrom panel. It’s really simple to make your own using the drag and drop features, maybe I just need to get around to it. The panel that comes out of the box is near perfect though.
The things I use the most
Aside from the rare beauty image I make, most of my work is a blend of landscape work and portrait work. Pretty much everything in the basic panel is useful, the way that it is laid out is super useful too. The healing layers are at the top, working down the colour related tools at the bottom. I start at the top, go to the bottom then use the infinite colour panel to grade as the last step.
I want to make a special mention to the Dodge and Burn tools, they are so much better than anything I have ever used before. The Selective Saturation tools are extremely handy too – especially with complex colours in landscape images. They are super easy to use and even have a help button to get you going.
- New Dodge & Burn tools
- Works will all CC’s after CS6
- Simple to use
- Helps with a non-destructive workflow
- Photographers & Retouchers
- Lot’s of help & support
- Add-on support
- Custom panels
Who is going to use this
As I mentioned in the last paragraph, I shoot a wide range of stuff and the toolkit is handy in every way. Sometimes, I just use the Dodge & Burn tools and save out back to Lightroom and other times I am working down with the smart liquify tools, frequency separation tools and gradient map maker – which is totally amazing and the most helpful thing I have ever used!!
I would say that anyone who has Photoshop would be able to save time and get a higher level of consistent results if they are using the toolkit.
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