Photoshop: Non-destructive ring around test strip

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Hi there-
I think it would be cool if there was an adjustment layer that would preview increments of the adjustment on your document. Something similar to variations, but using levels or curves adjustment layers. I've created an automated way of doing this for myself now, but I often have people asking me if there is such a function. It would also be interesting if this feature were integrated directly into the print driver.
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Chris Cox

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Would it just show the current settings faded, or try to vary all the settings (which could be a lot of variations)?
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I'm thinking it would like something from the darkroom days, when you would make a test strip in the darkroom. Where it would show the adjustment in steps, that are labeled +5R +10R... and then after reviewing a print, the user could select which adjustment to commit. The way I do it now is I create a curve layer, pull a curve on it that is more extreme than I know I'm going to want, and then create a gradient on the mask, run a posterize filter on the mask to create the steps, print the document, review the print, then fill the mask with the grey value that masked out enough of the adjustment that gave me the desired look. This is imprecise, and kind of clunky.
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I've always thought the old Variations could be updated and made more useful, including the ability to print out a ring around (unless that old Test Strip plug-in has some kind of legal hold on this). Automating this with some user defined granularity (+5 for this, +10 for that) on an adjustment layer might be pretty slick.
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Perhaps just an updated variations function that would output the result as a series of adjustment layers, and doesn't require a flattened document as input. It think that would be great.