Dear beloved early adopters of Photoshop CS4,
As you may (or may not) know, Photoshop CS4 supports custom Flash panels. You can author your own panels using a free Open Source utility from Adobe called Configurator. Photoshop’s product manager, John Nack, has long championed Flash panels as a way for industry experts, teachers, and passionate users to customize Photoshop to better suit their goals. Interested as I am in all things Photoshop, I decided to put Configurator and Flash panels through their paces. So very late in the creation of Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One, I created a custom palette to provide access to common selection and masking features from one convenient (but tall) location. The book should be out in a month, but members of dekeOnline can download the palette today, for free, and install it in about a minute. It looks like this:
(I told you it was tall.)
Our understanding is that this is the very first-ever custom palette for Photoshop. Which is my way of saying, you places your bets, you takes your chances. (It won’t hurt your machine, but it might give you some difficulty when installing.) Again, you must have Photoshop CS4 to use this palette.
To download the installer, right-click here (do not click!), and then choose the Download or Save As command. Once the file appears on your desktop (or wherever), it will look like this:
Once you have it, do the following:
- Double-click on the XMP file. This will launch the Extensions Manager.
- You’ll get a legal message. This is not mine, it’s Adobe’s. Click the button on the left if you want to move forward.
- That’s all it takes. The palette is now installed.
- If Photoshop CS4 is running, quit it.
- Relaunch the program.
- Choose Window > Extensions > Channels+Masks. (Why is it called Channels+Masks? 14-character limit, & is illegal.)
- You may get a message that begins with the pretend word “Plase.” (Again, not mine.) If you do, click OK (or whatever), restart the program, and try again.
- Eventually, you will see the palette. Click the tools, click the buttons, enjoy.
My thanks to John Nack and fellow Adobian Jeff Tranberry for their help in this project. (Among other assists, Jeff wrote the script that makes the dekeOnline button work.)
Hope you enjoy. If you have installation errors, please write. Given that this is the first custom Photoshop palette ever (have I said that enough?), we’re all kinda on the bleeding edge. In other words, you and me, we’re one big Guinea Pig for Adobe.