Re: [PanoToolsNG] Re: OT:- Saving a Mask for use later?
- tflyfish2002 wrote:
> Pat,Exactly but if you save it as a file you can reuse it in the future vs.
> This is what I am about to do. Obviously my "Fixed" alpha channel has
> to be stored somewhere and as Eric suggested I will do this in a blank
> doc that only contains my mask.
recreating it for each session.
> I will use the action as you suggestIt sure does and that's why I'm wearing out Quick Mask Mode...
> to load it to my tiffs. PTGUi really works much better if you mask
> out all the unwanted areas before you stitch.
> It would be nice if PTGui had a crop template that you could constructThat would only be good for a specific lens/head combo so you'd need
> yourself to apply to all you images at once. Just a thought.
several of them in the same way you need several saved alpha channel
files in PS if you're using this method.
> BazzerPat Swovelin
> --- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, Pat Swovelin <Panoramas@...> wrote:
>> tflyfish2002 wrote:
>>> I would like to save a fixed mask for use later in another Photoshop
>>> document. The reason for this is if I mask out the black area and
>>> panohead using a alpha mask from the tiffs that I have converted from
>>> Raw it seems to make it much easier for PTGui to find control points.
>>> It also makes the blending much easier and accurate as well. I know I
>>> can transfer a Channel Mask from one open document to another in
>>> Photoshop and I also know how to save a selection as a action which
>>> can be applied to any docuement. Of course my tiffs that have been
>>> converted are normally always the same size. Using a action works,
>>> but Photoshop has to go through my original masking steps every time.
>>> Does anyone know how I might do this?
>> Create the selection you want to save and click Selection > Save.
>> Select New in the Document drop-down menu (that name will wind up being
>> the new alpha channel's name). A new unnamed document will be created
>> with a single alpha channel. Save that as a PSD (using the name of the
>> channel so you'll know what it is later). To use the new saved alpha
>> channel you need to have it open in Photoshop. Next open your new
>> document that you want to add the predefined channel to and click
>> Selection > Load Selection select the predefined channel filename in
>> Document drop-down menu and it will be added to the document as a
>> To use this effectively you need to create an action that opens the
>> predetermined channel file then imports it as a selection (see above)
>> and Saves selection as channel (in the Channels palette). Obviously
>> you'd run this against all of the open PSDs after you've run then
>> through ARC (or whatever RAW processor you use).
Cool Guy @ Large