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About The TKActions V5 Panel

TKActions panels went modular with the release of the V5 panel. So now, instead of updating a mega-panel, the individual modules can be improved and released when they are finished. While there have been two minor updates to V5 modules, we are now in transition to the new TKActions V6 panel. Additional V6 updates are planned and will be added to the V6 series when they are completed.

NOTE: For anyone who has purchased the V5 panel for Photoshop CC previously or a V6 module during this transition, all V6 updates will be free. Customers eligible for a free update of the new RapidMask2 panel have already been emailed links to the updated installation files directly from the download server. Be sure to check your email's junk/spam folder if you missed it. Also, be sure to add the server's address as a safe email contact to ensure future updates go to your inbox and do not get sorted to the spam/junk folder and are overlooked. The address to add as a contact is:

The TKActions V5 panel is a custom panel developed by Tony Kuyper. It comes in two version, one for Photoshop CS6 and one for CC. It displays like Photoshop's other panels and allows users to play a large variety of actions just by clicking a button. While originally developed to simplify working with luminosity masks, it's continued to expand with additional features and functions. The V5 panel makes it super easy to generate, evaluate, and adjust luminosity masks in order to find or create the one that best selects the desired tones in the image. It also runs Photoshop from one compact module and provides scripts to play complex actions to enhance an image. Full details about this new panel are in the Instructions PDF. I have also recorded a comprehensive set of videos that covers all aspects of installing and using the panel. See some of the videos below. Also, watch my TKActions V5 Quick Tips on my YouTube channel.

The TKActions V5 panel is no longer a large mega-panel that tries to include everything in one space. Instead, it's a series of modules that can be arranged as the user sees fit. Each module is its own small panel that can be opened, closed, moved, or docked depending on the workspace. A compact footprint when space is tight, like on a laptop, but also spread out on larger monitors for easier access to all the functions.

The TKActions V5 panel is entirely new and was developed from the ground up. While it contains some familiar features from previous versions, the code was completely rewritten to take advantage of the latest advances in luminosity masks and to provide a better user experience. The newest innovations are listed below.

Purchase the TKActions V5 Panel HERE.

V5 Panel 

"Tony, I am in awe of what you have accomplished with the V5 panel. It’s a masterwork. You’ve made a seminal contribution to the art of photography and photographic post-processing. And I greatly appreciate that you took the trouble to code it for CS6, which I continue to use. Personally, I think you grossly underprice the panel, but the exceptional value just adds to my respect for you and your work. "

- Gerald Vincent

  • Mask-based interface−The user sees luminosity masks up front to make intelligent choices about which one to use.
  • Luminosity Lock/Rapid Mask−A faster way to make luminosity masks. The masks are still the same 16-bit, self-feathering masks made using Photoshop calculations but are now available up to 90% faster to provide a more real-time experience.
  • Extended spectrums in ALL channels−The V5 doesn't stop at luminosity. It taps into pixel data for component color channels, saturation, color, and even Color Range and then makes Lights, Darks, Midtones, and Zone masks for any of these channels.
  • Enhanced "Pick" button−The pick button keeps track of the channel selected by the user and picks a Zone mask corresponding to that channel.
  • Improved Zone masks−Better, more targeted Zone masks to make more precise masks and selections.
  • Mask modification−The traditional luminosity are just the beginning. Any mask can be expanded, contracted, "infinitized," blurred, or focused in real time with a single button click. Creating the perfect mask has never been easier.
  • Integrated 16-bit workflow−Enhanced output options insure maintenance of 16-bit masks whenever possible.
  • Quick-click Control module−Provides access to many of the most common Photoshop commands without navigating menus or remembering keyboard shortcuts.
  • Fast-learn Intro module−Creates a simplified learning environment. Photographers new to these techniques can quickly generate, see, and deploy luminosity mask in multiple ways to understand how luminosity masks work.
  • Comprehensive RapidMask module−Offers the entire range of channels, masks, modifications, and output options to provide a complete resource for pixel-based masking.
  • Unique "Auto-Apply" option−Create, change and modify luminosity masks directly on a layer's layer mask to instantly see how different masks affect the image.
  • History tracking−The History panel now tracks which luminosity mask was generated so users know which mask they used.
  • Lots of new actions−The Actions module has many new actions to creatively enhance images including the return of the "Triple Play" that was requested by several users.
  • Infinitized "View" mode−Active selections can be quickly modified by viewing the corresponding mask and adjusting it in real-time using a Levels command.
  • Updated web-sharpening−Web-sharpening is smarter than ever. In addition to advanced sharpening for web output, users can also select options to convert the sharpened image to the sRGB profile, run an action after sharpening, or choose an "Extra Sharp" option for images with lots of detail.
  • Batch web-sharpening−A new section allows entire folders of images to be sharpened and saved for the web using the same options for sharpening a single image. (CC version only.)
  • Rollover help−Rolling the mouse over any button displays a help message in the window at the bottom of the module about what the button does. (CC version only.)
  • Multiple languages−The V5 panel works in any language version of Photoshop, plus users can choose from four different languages as the preferred interface: English, German, Italian, and Spanish. (CC version only.)
  • Color dimmer−Users can select from 11 different levels of color in the panel. (CC version only.)
  • Active selection indicator−Now with a smaller footprint, this animated bar turns on when there is an active selection even if no marching ants are visible. (CC version only.)


The TKActions V5 panel is meant to transform the way we use luminosity masks. Smaller, smarter, faster, and more fun to use, it is the ultimate resource to understand, access, and add luminosity masks to a creative workflow.

Get the V5 panel on the Tutorials Page.