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garret
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best astronomical plugins? new
      #3821890 - 05/22/10 02:07 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?)

Garret, The Netherlands


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DugDog
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Re: best astronomical plugins? new [Re: garret]
      #3821907 - 05/22/10 02:16 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


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Re: best astronomical plugins? new [Re: DugDog]
      #3821912 - 05/22/10 02:17 PM

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

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SanDiegoPaul
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Re: best astronomical plugins? new [Re: DugDog]
      #3822051 - 05/22/10 03:42 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.


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Mark Sibole
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Re: best astronomical plugins? new [Re: SanDiegoPaul]
      #3822188 - 05/22/10 05:13 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


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btieman
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Re: best astronomical plugins? new [Re: Mark Sibole]
      #3822527 - 05/22/10 08:40 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.

Brian


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Re: best astronomical plugins? new [Re: garret]
      #3822555 - 05/22/10 08:59 PM

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


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emutz
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Re: best astronomical plugins? new [Re: DugDog]
      #3822600 - 05/22/10 09:24 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.

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garret
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Re: best astronomical plugins? new [Re: emutz]
      #3823231 - 05/23/10 06:47 AM

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

Garret


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budguinn
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Re: best astronomical plugins? new [Re: garret]
      #3823401 - 05/23/10 09:34 AM

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


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Nils_Lars
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Re: best astronomical plugins? [Re: budguinn]
      #3823718 - 05/23/10 12:08 PM

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

http://petersastro.50webs.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.blogspot.com/search/label/PS-actions


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