Photoshop: Add ability to use Adjustment Layers dialogs instead of Adjustment Panel

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I am trying to get used to CS5 for about 8 months now, but the (especially H&S and Curves) adjustment layers drive me nuts. Too much mousing around, not enough shortcuts, and the worst: That 2 pixel button I have to hit, to close the adjustment window. Seems, that my cordless apple mouse starts to get jaggy as it approaches that tiny target.
Is there a way, to bring back the old functionality with less clutter(maybe as an option) for adjustment layers, and also a big "RETURN" button for adjustment layers? In short, all the functionality that CS3 provided.

Thank you,

Markus Marschall
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Hi Markus-
It sounds to me like you have limited monitor real-estate. It took me a while to adjust to all the new palette things introduced with CS4 too.

One thing I would recommend is assigning a custom shortcut key to toggle your adjustments pallet so you don't have to keep clicking that button to close the adjustment window.
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Hi Matt,
I did not think about the shortcut just to close the adjustment window, thanks.
I have to see, which shortcut keys I can free up, since they are pretty much all taken.
My workstation monitor is a 30" NEC Spectraview, I just don't need the adjustment window open, unless I use it.

And my biggest issue is , that I don't like this "mousing" around. I don't need to see all these adjustment layer options, I just pick the one I want. I am much faster working with shortcuts, than moving my mouse all over the real estate all the time, and hitting a slider or different eyedropper tool. I could not even tell you, where which key is on my keyboard, I just learned to use them, and I could work much faster in CS3.
Thanks again for your suggestion.

Markus
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I made a script that will open the CS3 style modal dialog for the currently selected adjustment layer.
If you put it in your Photoshop/Presets/Scripts folder, it will be in your Photoshop menus and you can assign it a keyboard shortcut.
http://sites.google.com/site/davidjen...
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Hi David,

I noticed that the script is not working with the Gradient Map, are you able to fix this please

Ian
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Hi David,

I just saw your post: You are the man!!!
Thank you very much!

Markus
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Hi David,

Btw, I just found a free CS 5 extension here:

http://blog.rbg.bigano.com/?p=609

Must be my lucky day. The biggest difference to your script is, that it is a little floating window, that works without any keyboard shortcuts, and the adjustment layer can be modified later, in the old CS3 window as well.

Still hoping, that Adobe might make a checkbox or preference somewhere, for people like me who like more speed and less clutter. But in the meantime, this is about as good a workaround, as it gets.
Thanks again,

Markus
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Wait a second. You'd rather use a non-modal panel with buttons than a keyboard shortcut?

I though the whole point was to get away from a non-modal panel with buttons and back to using keyboard shortcuts :-P

Just kidding, good find.
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I must be getting old, cause I am thinking: don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

You are right, I don't like additional panels, but this one lets you modify the existing adjustment layers in the CS3 style window as well. What it does not let you do, is create a layer clipping mask and change the mode, when opening the adjustment layer.
But still, things are looking up!

Markus
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"but this one lets you modify the existing adjustment layers in the CS3 style window as well."
Thats the only thing my script does. isn't it the same as the modify button in the panel you linked?

"What it does not let you do, is create a layer clipping mask and change the mode, when opening the adjustment layer"
Isn't that the same as CS3?
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""but this one lets you modify the existing adjustment layers in the CS3 style window as well." "
"Thats the only thing my script does. isn't it the same as the modify button in the panel you linked?"
I assigned a shortcut to your script, and it opened in the old CS3 window.
Reopening the same adjustment layer by double clicking on it, brought up the CS5 window. running your script created a new adjustment layer. Maybe I missed something there? Also, I created 1 shortcut per adjustment layer (e.g.curves, H&S etc). My shortcuts are mostly already taken (at least, the ones my little brain can remember).

"Isn't that the same as CS3?"
I was talking about pressing the option key, when opening a new adjustment layer,
which still works in CS5.

Markus
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Hello,
I'm Davide Barranca, the coder of that little free extension called "Floating Adjustments" that Markus was referring to - I'm glad that you liked it!! :-)

A user has recently been suggesting to add a listener to ALT key in order to open the very same option window that pops up if you ALT + click on the Add adjustment layer icon (whatever, Curves, Levels...) that let you specify Blending mode, opacity, clipping, etc.
Hopefully, I'll find some free time to add this feature (free time? What's that?! ;-)
If you have any feature request, I'm all ears!
Cheers,

Davide
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Hi,
I'm resurrecting this old topic since I've recently provided a new version of Floating Adjustment, which you can download via Exchange (see here: https://www.adobeexchange.com/store/p...).

Now the interface is pretty minimal (just a button): if the extension is opened, each time you create an Adjustment Layer (either via the Adjustment panel or clicking the appropriate icon in the Layers palette), it will pop up as a floating adjustment. The button is used to modify existing AdjLayers.
Cheers

Davide
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An updated version of Floating Adjustment is on the way to the new Adobe Add-ons website - it's basically a compatibility update for the newer breeds of HTML Panels that Photoshop CC and CC-next will (only) support.

Davide
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Thanks Davide.

I am in the process of creating a panel where I need this capability but I am guessing the source code for your app is not available so I am trying to get the code to work that David Jensen supplied on here http://sites.google.com/site/davidjen...

All appears to be good apart for some reason the Gradient Map is not showing Modal when using the script. Wondered if you had any ideas

Ian
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@Ian,
be aware that TypeIDs of some Adjustment Layers have changed from CS6 to CC (for some reason that I don't get), see this list:



Davide
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Thanks for the reply Davide.
I have just read on a forum that from Mid 2014 any panels created with Configurator 4 will no longer work with the newer versions of Photoshop CC.

Do you know if this is true ?

Ian
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Definitely.
This has been largely communicated by Adobe, I'm sorry if you didn't get the news (I'm talking like an Adobe representative but I'm not! I just have got several emails from people asking the same question to me because of posts I wrote on my blog about the new breed of HTML Panels).

Short story: Flash panels are not going to be supported in Creative Cloud applications, starting with Photoshop. Being Configurator an AIR app outputting Flash panels, it's going to disappear.

Have a look at this post by Adobe's Hallgrimur Björnsson: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/creatives...

Also this one about the new CEP5: http://blogs.adobe.com/cssdk/2014/04/...

I've put together a series of articles myself called HTML Panels Quick Tips (10 of them so far): http://www.davidebarranca.com/categor...

No "visual", "drag&drop" tool like Configurator in this HTML land so far, if you're wondering, but many people are asking it. Let's see!

Davide
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Very interesting and frustrating at the same time especially as I have limited programming knowledge.

Quick question if I may please.
I have made a start and installed Eclipse and Extension Builder but when I run the panel in Photoshop I am noticing that the button looks flat and lifeless, is this normal or is it do do with CSS

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Hi Ian,
I suggest you not to use Extension Builder since it's not been updated in a while - it's in the EB team todo list, but they've preferred to focus on new features.

Use this one instead: https://github.com/davidderaedt/CC-EX... made by the great David Deraedt.

For the styling: yes, it looks dull, but being HTML you can do all the wonders you like with CSS. I can suggest you to implement Topcoat CSS, see instruction here:
http://www.davidebarranca.com/2014/02...

Regards

Davide
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Hi Davide.

Thanks for all the information you have supplied. As much as i would like to learn how to create further panels for PS, i think its going to be a little to hard for me.

I have already created a panel using Configurator 4 which has been well received by the photography people but it is a sad day today after reading that my panel will stop working soon and I feel embarrased that I am unable to offer the people who already use my panel an alternative :(

Regards

Ian
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Hi,
I've mistakenly written that some TypeIDs have changed from CS6 to CC.

What happens (and I've to thank Adobe's Russell Williams for pointing this out) is that TypeIDs coming from stringIDs change on each Photoshop launch.

So you'd better not store TypeIDs directly but always app.stringIDToTypeID("vibrance") etc.

Regards,

Davide
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