Adobe’s working on some new selection and masking tools for the next version of Photoshop. Ever since the Extract filter was removed in Photoshop CS4, Adobe has had plans to bring its various parts back as built-in tools. The first part of that is a new selection tool that’s already being demoed over at John Nack’s Adobe blog. The future of selection in Photoshop looks pretty bright, because this tool grabs edges really accurately.
In the demo, the new tools makes a great-looking mask from a low-res photo of a cat and a baby. There’s tons of detail, but the tool differentiates between hard and soft edges. They even manage to grab a cat whisker with a little extra brushing. Nice! With all the heat Adobe’s taking over Flash video right now, it’s easy to forget the really impressive tools they’ve built for the Creative Suite apps, and it looks like they’re only getting better.
Check out the demo video at high resolution on Facebook.
The aptly-named Paint.Net PSD Plugin is one of those pieces of software which pretty much spells it all out right in the name. It’s a plugin…for Paint.Net…(wait for it)…which lets you open files saved in Photoshop’s PSD format.
Download the zip archive, dump the included PhotoShop.dll file into your Paint.Net FileTypes folder (usually c:\program files\Paint.Net\FileTypes), and you’re ready to rock. Pretty well anything in the PSD for which Paint.Net has an implementation will load just fine. Saving is another story, so you’d best stick to Paint.Net’s native .PDN file when you’re done working.
If you don’t have Photoshop, the plugin is a handy for looking at PSDs your friends might send you to look at. It’s also a nice way to transition yourself to a free alternative if you no longer require Photoshop.
i.Mage is a small and fast graphics editor slanted towards quite and easy pixel editing, ala DPaint from the DOS/Amiga days. Instead of being a bloated behemoth with a zillion plugins it starts in under a second and it does a lot of the mundane jobs of image editing quickly and without fuss. The right tool for simple jobs.
Source code is available under the LGPL. If you don’t see links in the download section I can provide then on request. I’m usually hacking on code rather than keeping every last i dotted and t crossed. If you don’t see a feature you want your welcome to add it to the code and send me a diff.
If Paint.NET is your editor of choice and you find yourself needing to open .PSD Photoshop files, this plugin will help you introduce .PSD images into your Paint.NET workflow.
The plugin doesn’t replicate all of the numerous functions of the .PSD file, just the ones that relate to functionality within Paint.NET. You can work with layers, load masks, and open a variety of color modes and profiles. Because of the limited integration with the .PSD file, the plugin is best suited for pulling a .PSD file into Paint.Net and converting it to be used in your Paint.NET workflow. Working with it in Paint.NET and then trying to bring it back into Photoshop is a bit dicier as far as compatibility goes and can have unexpected results. PSDPlugin is free and required Paint.NET 3.0+.
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