Photo-Reactor Recipes

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Photo-Reactor Recipes

Postby Oscar » Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:40 pm

This is place to post and share Reactor recipes

Photo-Reactor can create JPG files with the embedded recipe. It is set on by default. This vastly simplifies sharing and organization. You not only see the effect on the image, the image also become the effect.
Usage is very simple, just save the image with the embedded recipe from the web page to your computer (1) and then drag and drop it to the open Photo-Reactor (2). The effect that was used to make the image will be recreated (3) and you can now use your files.
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Recipes can be either open (where you can edit and change its inside components) or locked by a pass-key in which case you can still use it as an effect, but you can't look inside and see or change other than exported parameters.

Note: The recipe is written in the JPG app tag (something like EXIF) so if you edit the image in most editors such as PhotoShop and save it, the software will very likely drop the tag and it would become just a normal image. So it is great for web sharing because we don't have to mess with image and the project file, but for long term storage, just save it as a project file.

Pass-Key
Unless there is a reason (for example you still working on the effect or it is still very messy at this moment) don't set any pass-key in the Tools-Settings so people can look inside the effect and learn how it was made and change values. If you set a pass-key, then the effect will be open on another computers as a Virtual Effect (a single box) and people can't peek inside. The Virtual effect will automatically create visible settings from the binding object in your project.
If you want to make and distribute a non-editable object nicely, it is preferred to create Virtual Effect, export correct parameters, set a description-copyright, load your icon. Save it to your library, then right click on the library and choose Export to file. You will get a *.box file that can be nicely added to people library, will have your description/copyright and your icon.
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Re: Photo-Reactor Recipes

Postby quantumleap » Thu May 09, 2013 6:42 pm

LabSatBoost virtual effect

Attached is a virtual effect which provides a frequently used technique in image processing tools of providing a saturation boost to an image by modifying the levels of the 'A' and 'B' channels in an RGB image converted to LAB mode and back. Works best on landscapes.

To install, unzip the LabSatBoost.box file from the attached ZIP archive, then right-click on a current entry in the Component Library section of Photo-Reactor and select "Import From File". Once installed you can drag it into your own work flows.

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Re: Photo-Reactor Recipes

Postby quantumleap » Fri May 10, 2013 1:10 am

Freaky Details virtual effect

Attached is a virtual effect which recreates Calvin Hollywood's process for bringing out "freaky details" in an image. You can see him demonstrating this in Photoshop at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZV9u0Wu8L0M

To install, unzip the Freaky Details.box file from the attached ZIP archive, then right-click on a current entry in the Component Library section of Photo-Reactor and select "Import From File". Once installed you can drag it into your own work flows.

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Re: Photo-Reactor Recipes

Postby mhwarner » Fri May 10, 2013 2:41 pm

MarysPainting051013.zip
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My first (useful) attempt at a watercolor-type effect. Example here: http://www.mmbforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=4426&p=21084#p21084

Since resizing the file in any number of programs to make it acceptable for uploading to this forum seems to destroy the embedded recipe, it appears that the best way to share these effects is to (a) Create a Virtual Effect from your workflow, (b) store that effect into your component library, and (c) right-click that new effect in your Component Library and export it to a .box file. You can then zip and store that .box file and upload to the "Recipes" section of this forum. Others can then download the .box file, go into their Component Library, right-click an existing effect and select "Import from file" and choose the downloaded file. Apply the virtual effect to a new file and to see (and learn from) the workflow actually contained within the effect, right-click the virtual effect object and select "Virtual Effect\Unwrap Virtual Effect" to see the individual pieces of the workflow. You can then save the workflow as a project and use it in the future to embellish it with your own ideas.

When exporting the original virtual effect, DO NOT protect it with a pass key (unless you want to sell it or something) or others won't be able to learn from what you have done.
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Re: Photo-Reactor Recipes

Postby CloudyBright » Fri May 10, 2013 6:48 pm

Thanks Mary. I had no idea that the recipe was being destroyed in the image resizing process.
And how'd you ever figure out how to make a .box file so quickly!??
I've followed your directions and given it a try. emboss_1.box file attached.
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Re: Photo-Reactor Recipes

Postby Fluffbutt » Sat May 11, 2013 7:02 am

mhwarner wrote:
Since resizing the file in any number of programs to make it acceptable for uploading to this forum seems to destroy the embedded recipe.


That seems to make the embedding of the filter a less useful option than first thought.. maybe Oscar should look into an option for having a separate xml file (like photo raw file programs do) that accompanies the picture file.

zyx.jpg + zyx.xml

Maybe? It might be too late - it could mean too much of a rewrite.
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Re: Photo-Reactor Recipes

Postby quantumleap » Sat May 11, 2013 3:42 pm

CloudyBright wrote:I had no idea that the recipe was being destroyed in the image resizing process.

Yes. Oscar commented on just that in the very first post in this thread i.e.
Oscar wrote:Note: The recipe is written in the JPG app tag (something like EXIF) so if you edit the image in most editors such as PhotoShop and save it, the software will very likely drop the tag and it would become just a normal image. So it is great for web sharing because we don't have to mess with image and the project file, but for long term storage, just save it as a project file.


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Re: Photo-Reactor Recipes

Postby quantumleap » Thu May 16, 2013 12:04 am

Illustratory virtual effect

Attached is a virtual effect which provides an illustrator type look to an image.

To install, unzip the Illustratory.box file from the attached ZIP archive, then right-click on a current entry in the Component Library section of Photo-Reactor and select "Import From File". Once installed you can drag it into your own work flows.

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Re: Photo-Reactor Recipes

Postby JEL » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:15 pm

VectorscopeSelection

The box has a single input only. No Output.

Connect the box after the modifier you want to monitor.
For example: If you have a hue-modifier in your flow and want to check the hue-change on only a specific part of your image; then connect the hue-block's output to this box's input.

Then go to 'edit inside' of this box.

Edit the mask.
The parts you click in the mask-selection are the parts that you will monitor.

Now the scope will only show info for the specific parts of the image that you have masked, rather than info for the entire image.
This way you can select and isolate skin-tones, or foliage, or whatever else, from the image and color-adjust more easily/precisely.

Feel free to modify and post better versions of this box.

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Re: Photo-Reactor Recipes

Postby Oscar » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:08 pm

Fluffbutt wrote:That seems to make the embedding of the filter a less useful option than first thought.. maybe Oscar should look into an option for having a separate xml file (like photo raw file programs do) that accompanies the picture file.

zyx.jpg + zyx.xml

Maybe? It might be too late - it could mean too much of a rewrite.


It is already there and has been for some time, look at the menu Tools - General settings. It is called Archive backup. It can be load back with Project Open, select archive from the file type combo
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