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#1 garret

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 01:07 PM

I want to order the latest Photoshop version CS5, one of the best 'tools' of photoshop are the plugins.
I want to use plugins like Gradient X terminator and those from Astronomy Tools.

Are there any other <must-have> plugins for (deepsky) astronomical images? (Noise-ninja?)

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#2 DugDog

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 01:16 PM

Noel Carboni's Astronomy Tools.
Annie's Astro Actions.
Both of these work very well IMO. Excellent value and worth the price.

I purchased Noise Ninja too...
I don't use NN as much as I thought I would. Still a good tool and a little pricey.

Free MUST have tool:
HLVG by RBA

#3 DugDog

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 01:17 PM

I forgot...Annie's Astro Actions has a very nice gradient removal tool...plus many other nice actions.

#4 SanDiegoPaul

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 02:42 PM

I use Gradient Exterminator and have for quite a while. I'm sure Annie's tool is just as good....so it may be more cost effective to buy her toolset first. If you still need/want more then you can later purchase Carboni's Tools and Gradient X.

There's no reason you have to do all of the expenses at the same time.

#5 Mark Sibole

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 04:13 PM

The 2 best ones available IMO and what I use is Gradientxterminator and Noels.
Between the 2 there isnt an image I cant fix.
Just my 2 cents worth

#6 btieman

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 07:40 PM

I just received CS5 the other day. I haven't found any of the CS4 plugins to work in it :( The big loss is FitsLiberator--which I assume will migrate to CS5 and probably needs to be on your list of "must haves"--unless you're DSLR.

If you don't yet have CS5, it might be worth getting it and waiting. If you have CS4, you might wait until people get their plug-ins changed over to CS5 before updating. My $0.02 anyway. Right now I do have CS4 and CS5 installed at the same time without problem.

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#7 DugDog

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 07:59 PM

*** Note I have Photoshop CS2
I am not sure if the plugins I mentioned will work with CS5.
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#8 emutz

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 08:24 PM

fitsplug. It allows you to import and export .fits files from PhotoShop. Sometimes I need to move images between Maxim and PS. This plug allows me to do that.

#9 garret

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 05:47 AM

Thanks for the reply, before I buy any plugin I must first find out if it will work with CS5!

Garret

#10 budguinn

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 08:34 AM

Noel's stuff...actions and StarSpikes Pro
Russ Cromans' Gradient Exterminator
HLVG by RBA

#11 Nils_Lars

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 11:08 AM

I use GradX , Noels actions and even though it has some duplication I like Peters actions better for some things.

http://petersastro.5...s.com/home.html

I also like to use JPMs star removal for certain situations like layering in Ha or just toning down a star field.

http://astroanarchy....abel/PS-actions


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