Photoshop Mechanics

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007 Adjustment Layer Inspector

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
For Photoshop v6 to Present.

This tool generates interactive UI that allows users to compare Adjustment Layers and Modes. Though there have been previous versions of this file, going back as early as 2002, this final format was created in 2003, and has recently been updated to work properly in 16bit mode.


Input/Output Graph
The “Rosetta Stone”

You can generate input/output curve equivalencies for non-channel mixing adjustment layers.

For example, if you create a Levels adjustment layer and apply a correction to it, the generated UI will display the exact curve you would have to create to match the correction.


Decipher Blending Mode Math

By simply changing the layer blending mode, we can get a better understanding of how they work.

For example, if we switch a default curves adjustment layer to Multiply, the generated UI will display the exact curve you would have to create to match the mode’s effect.


Mix Multiple Adjustment Layers

Generate an input/output curve for multiple non-channel mixing adjustment layers.

By simply stacking adjustment layers together, we can generate a single curve that can be used as a substitute.

The example shown here includes a modal fill layer, which also produces a calculable correction.


See Channel Mixing In Real Time

By using horizontal, vertical, and diagonal bands to represent red, green, and blue channels, you can see how different adjustment layers and modes mix information between the channels.

For example, a Levels Adjustment layer will just alter the tonalities of the bands. If the Levels adjustment layer is then switched to Luminosity mode, the bands become multi-directional, illustrating how much of one channel is mixing with another channel.


View Hue Saturation Channel Breakdown

Examine how corrections to Hues and Saturations effect individual channels. This aligned chart lets users see the values shift in real time.


Color Tone Relationships

Explore how Photoshop deals with color tone relationships. Observe the differences between Hue/Sat and Vibrance. Experiment with Advanced Blending controls.


Image Components

Generate real time image components. These are perfect representations. They can even be used to reform the image, if they were composited using their respective layer modes.