FX-Panel – Tested by Lasse Behnke
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FX-Panel – Tested by Lasse Behnke

August 18, 2019

Hi, it’s Lasse from lassedesignen.de I want to introduce a Photoshop panel to you. The FX-PANEL by DomQuichotte. Well… I’m using it for a couple weeks now. Dom hooked me up with the panel and asked me to try it. I have to admit I’m using it almost on a daily basis. Because it really is a solid base to start from. Or a fast method to create looks. The Panel is a lot about looks. But it’s even more than that, as I will show you later. But first… let me show you how it works and how it’s structured. So… looks can be created with one click. You see the presets here. I really like the design. There are differnet ways to display the presets. Here, you see the preview image. Once you hover over it, you get a create button and a button for more options. I’ll show you later. Up here, you can toggle between a list view and the image view. And here… you can choose between all presets or… or each bundle. The whole thing works like that: You buy the panel frist, and then… you can add different bundles to it. Like looks or other presets, which will be installed separately. Bit by bit, you can extend the range of functions. I thinks that’s a nice system. So… let me set it to ‘all presets’ and… show you how the panel works. Here’s a landscape from the Yosemite National Park… …in California. And I want to add a… maybe vintage look to it. I take this ‘Bermuda’ preset, press ‘create’… and let’s see what happens. Here’s the look. It can take a bit. But now I have all layers, which I really like. That’s a good foundation. I could soften the effect. I could enter the camera raw filter… and see what Dom actually did here. He obviously played with the colors. I can adjust everything now. But… if you don’t have a lot of experience with editing, or the camera raw filter is too complicated for you, you can enter the preset options. Every preset has its own options. Let’s enter. And here for instance… I can adjust the color. So I want the yellow to be blue. Click ‘create’… And now you see, the darker areas became bluer. Also a very cool look, in my opinion. Talking about the create button: It’s set to ‘replace’ now. But you can change that. Let’s set it to ‘create’. I want to keep the blue ‘Bermuda’ preset. And create a new one. So this one’s on top now. And now I can toggle the visibility of boh presets. Or have them both visible, combine them with opacity. I like this as well. Or you can set the create button to ‘replace’. Let me just quickle create a cyanish look. Set the button to ‘replace’. Now I create another look. And now the previous look will be replaced. You have other options as well. It’s easy to handle and intuitively designed. I like it. Let me try another look preset. Maybe… …this ‘Dynamic Wave‘ preset, which will replace the other one. An interesting look as well. I’m gonig to access the preset options again. Let’s see what we can adjust here. A lot of settting to adjust. I can add grain. I could add a vignette. Replace again. And now the preset will look slightly different, again. If we zoom in… …you can see a bit of grain. And there’s also the vignette. A darkened spot around the edges. Nice. As you see… …even though the preview images show portraits, the presets perfectly work with landscapes. I really do like this look, and I think I’m going to save this image later. That’s for the basic functionality of the FX-Panel. I also wanted to show you something else. Let’s switch the image. First, let me apply a look to make it more fancy. This image is out of cam. Again, from the Yosemite Park. I select the ‘Kiwi’ preset. Let’s see… maybe I set the temperate a litte bit warmer. Replace it. That’s way better. And now I want to create an effect. Therefore, let me show you the ‘Geometric Relections’. That’s also a bundle. It reminds me of the Adobe MAX 2016. Here’s the logo, if you don’t know it. They also used geometric reflections. And those presets do pretty much the same. Let me select the “Polygonal Reflection”. I have to open the options first, otherwise it will be replaced. Select ‘Create’. Now it wont replace the look. Hit the button. Let’s see what happens. Here’s the geometric reflection. I already played with the settings. You really have a lot of options. That’s why the opacity is low right now. But we can delete this. I activated ‘shading’. Let’s replace it again. Now the tranparent pixels are gone, and we have this nice, clean reflection. Well… there’s really a ton of adjustement you can make. I can change the shape of the reflection. Or I can select ‘Circular Reflection’. Nice effect as well. I think for graphic designers this can be a nice tool. I like the effect… although I wouldn’t use it on my photos too much. But I am an educated media designer, so I see the purpose and use. And I already like the effect at the Adobe MAX. So, I think this bundle is really worth it. One more thing I wanted to show you. Let me change the image. A portait, that already has a color look. I’m going to leave it like that. Let me select the ‘Geometric Slicer’ bundle. Those presets allow you to slice your image in different ways. For example… this “Stripe Slicer” preset. Of course, we have a lot of options, again. I’m going to leave this as it is, to vertical. Create. For now, nothing happend. But when I open the group, I see the image was separated in these strips. Now I want to create a mirror reflection effect. Press CTRL + T and now I’m repositioning the first stripe to the left. Select the next one and do the same. Next one. And the next one. And that’s how I can create a nice effect very quickly. This literally just took me a couple of seconds. There are also other ways to slice your image. Small rectangles, rings, or beams. Yeah, so that’s the FX-Panel, and what you can do with it. As I said, I actually use it all the time for a couple weeks now. Mostly, I just select a look preset and go from there. Here, I have the ‘Avocado’ preset for instance, I see all the different adjustment layers, which I can adjust. I have a foundation, which allows me to work outside my regular workflow, which is always similar. I do have my own techniques to create color looks, but here I’m learning new methods, I can inspect every single look in detail, and continue working on it. I absoultely recommend the FX-Panel. Everyone, who’s interested in color looks, or actions in general, should try it. The FX-Panel will be constantly developed, with new bundles. As I mentioned, it’s not only looks. I know of some very nice presets, that will come out in the future.

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