Astro panel is the best plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CC to accelerate the post production of astronomical and landscape digital images.
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Buy now “Astro Panel”, the only panel you will need for astronomical and landscape images. With its accurate and powerful functions the workflow of digital images will accelerate at the speed of light and with just a few clicks you will be able to perform the post production of the milky way, deep sky and landscape images.
Main features of the Panel
Astro Panel has integrated powerful and simple functions to make the photos of Milky Way perfects without producing digital noise and artifacts. With this powerful tool your photos will acquire incredible quality and you won’t believe your eyes as soon as you start using it.
Deep sky photos have never been easier to process in Adobe Photoshop. With Astro Panel you will be able to manage a series of advanced functions in which you will be able to pull out amazing details, reduce digital noise and hot-pixels, eliminate the gradient and manage artificial flat and much more …
Astro Panel was not only designed for astronomical images … Inside it incorporates advanced features for editing landscape images … Here are the main features in detail.
AUTOMATIC PROCESS: this group contains two automatic functions that transform your astronomical photo in just one click. There are two functions available:
– D – Automatic process Dark Images, (for underexposed or dark images);
– B – Automatic process Bright Images, (for images with correct exposure).
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Automatic process Dark Images
FIRST STEP: this is the first group and it contains essential functions that the user has to perform as soon as he opens the image in Photoshop:
– LC – Lens Correction: it automatically corrects the lens profile embedded in the exif data of the photo we are processing. If you use manual optics, Adobe Photoshop will not be able to automatically correct the lens profile. For this reason you will have to manually select the correct objective in the function “Filter” -> “Lens Correction”;
– 32 – Convert from 32 to 16 bit image (DSS): it sets the 32-bit to 16-bit channel of the Autosave.tif file generated directly by external software, such as Deep Sky Stacker / Pixinsight, after image stacking. Info in the graphic and video tutorial;
– RC – Reset colors Astrophotography: it resets the tones and colors of the photo automatically;
– RG – Remove Green color Light: it removes the green dominant contained in the astronomical photos automatically and you can adjust the opacity to your liking.
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“Reset colors Astrophotography”.
FALSE FLAT (REMOVE GRADIENT) is the second group whose role is to remove automatically, in two steps, the “unpleasant” gradient that we can find in our astronomical photos. There are 3 commands that differ from each other based on the amount of gradient we want to remove. We do not need external software to do this because everything is integrated into Astro Panel.
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False Flat 50% (press “1” and after the botton 50%).
STRECHING IMAGE, is a group composed of two commands to extrapolate the hidden signal of the Milky Way / Deep Sky contained in the photo; there are two ways of extrapolation based on the exposure of the photo (bright or dark image) and another mode called DS – Dynamic Stretch that amplifies the signal of the Milky Way or of deep sky objects;
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Streching Image of dark Image (underexposure).
The STAR TOOLS are 5 functions that do a different job on the images. They are necessary in Deep Sky images and they directly modify the stars in the image. Let’s describe them:
– SS – Star Mask selects all the stars contained in the image. We can make a quick selection with the command to refine the color, intensity or brightness of the stars;
– SF – Star Filter filters the stars contained in the image and turns them off in small percentage to emphasize the nebulae. Click repeatedly on the button to filter as many stars as possible;
– FS – Feather Stars fades the clearest images making the colors of the stars stand out;
– SC – Saturate Color Stars is useful for increasing the vividness and saturation of the stars.
– RSD – Reduce Stars Diameter is used to reduce the diameter and make the stars in the image point-like.
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Example of Star mask (the stars have been shaded to emphasize the nebulosity).
IMAGE CORRECTION is a group of functions that can be used to correct the image aesthetically and each of them does a very precise and different job:
– NS, NH – Noise Reduction Soft and Hard: these are adjustments that help the user to reduce the chromatic noise present in the photo without losing details and keeping the nebulae nuclei and the brightness of the stars unaltered. The function also removes “Hot Pixels”, those annoying white or colored pixels that typically appear when taking pictures in low light and with long exposure times;
– BC – Background Correction has the task of “cleaning” the background of the sky and make it homogeneous;
– RH – Remove Haze “subtracts” the haze in the photo and its effect can be adjusted as desired through the opacity of the layer.
– LP – Remove Light Pollution removes light pollution by means of a brush on the desired area;
– SG – Remove Background Color Gradient removes the “unpleasant” color gradient from the bottom of the sky automatically.
– CAG – Chromatic aberration Green removes only the green chromatic aberrations;
– CAM – Chromatic aberration Magenta, removes only the magenta chromatic aberrations;
– CAB – Chromatic aberration Blue, removes only the blue chromatic aberrations;
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Example of Image Correction (combo of Noise Reduction Soft, Background Correction and Remove Background Color Gradient).
ENHANCE is a set of commands used in astrophotography. Let’s analyze them:
– EL – Enhance Luminosity amplifies the luminance of the Milky Way and deep sky objects;
– EN – Enhance Nebulosity amplifies the nebulosity of the Milky Way and deep sky objects;
– SS – Saturate and Sharpen accentuates the saturation and sharpness of the Milky Way and deep sky objects.
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Example of Enhance Image (Combo of all functions).
SHARPNESS, is a series of commands aimed at increasing the sharpness and to extrapolate detail:
– PB – Precision Boost allows you to increase the sharpness of the photo in a controlled way. It is advisable to use the white brush on the black level mask to increase its effect;
– HP – High Pass Filter another important function. It is advisable to use this with caution to avoid oversharpening the image;
– DH, DM, DL – Details in LAB is a set of adjustments that allow you to extrapolate many details and microcontrasts without generating artificial halos and artifacts.
– DE – Deconvulation is a technique used in astrophotography to increase the sharpness to the photo. Adjust the opacity of the level to your liking.
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Example of Sharpness (combo of Deconvulation and High Pass Filter)
COLOR BALANCE is a set of tools for color management and is divided into “selective color correction” for images recorded with either modified or unmodified cameras. We can make on-the fly adjustments to the color temperature of the image and correct the chromatic aberrations around the stars:
– SCM – Selective Color Milky way: selective color correction for Milky way images;
– SCD – Selective Color Deep Sky: selective color correction for Deep Sky images;
– CT, CN, CW – Cold, Neutral, Warm Tone: regulates the color temperature.
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Example of Selective Color Milky way
COLOR BOOST has integrated adjustments to increase the vividness of the photo in a controlled manner and we have 3 modes available (Low, Med, Hig).
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Example of Color Boost (Color Boost Low)
The TOOLS contains quick access functions that are also present in the TOOLS tab:
– SHA, MID, LIG: they generate a luminosity mask of level 1 for lights, midtones and shadows. If we want to access higher levels and generate more precise masks we have to move to the TOOLS tab;
– R, Y, M, G, C, B: these generate color masks that are used to work in a selective and precise way only on the selected colors.
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Example of the Power of Luminosity and Color Masks (Combo of Light masks and Color red Masks)
The FINE TUNING tools are used at the end of post-production and to adjust (with a white brush) effects such as vignetting or for dodging and burning. The other adjustments allow you to adjust the overall brightness of the photo, the contrast and to add the Orton effect.
– CI – Contrast Image: adjusts the contrast of the final image;
– DB – Dodge and Burn: gives us the possibility to use this particular technique;
– GLOW – Glow Effect: adjust the final glow effect to your photo at will;
– OR – Orton Effect: adjust the final Orton effect to your photo at will;
– VI – Vignette: adjusted with a white brush the final vignetting of your photo;
– LU – Luminosity: to slightly raise the exposure of your photo.
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Example of Fine Tuning (Dodge and burn with Orton Effect)
Tutorial Milky way – Astro Panel 3.0
Tutorial Deep Sky – Astro Panel 3.0
Post production examples with Astro Panel 3.0
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With the purchase of Astro Panel you will find in the package the user manual of 50 pages with detailed description of the functions, installation guide and graphic tutorials to edit the Milky Way and Deep Sky images.
The user manual is always updated, so every time you can download it from the download area of the site.
Astro Panel is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC from version 2015 and above!!!
Check your Photoshop version from the Help menu -> About Photoshop CC.
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