Ignite your creativity with StudioMagic plugins for Photoshop!
Creating beautiful composites using Adobe Photoshop, Photoshops brushes, and Photoshop layers, the way professional graphic artists and Creatives do, just became a few mouse click reality. LayerCake Elements created StudioMagic’s Pro Panels to work as a Photoshop plugin (in other words, a Photoshop Extension) within Adobe’s Photoshop. Many of Photoshop’s more difficult compositing tasks are now simple mouse-clicks.
The StudioMagic Pro Panel makes creative compositing possible with just a few mouse clicks, making it simpler for anyone to master Photoshop; thereby, enabling even a novice Photoshop user to create amazing composite photos.
What's So Special About StudioMagic?
Created By Compositors For CompositorsIf you think this is another set of filters, think again. Change the weather, create reflections, lightning, light beams, add birds, clouds, stars and rainbows and that’s not the half of it.
It Changes The Way We Use PhotoshopWith a simple stand-alone-launch pad plugged into Photoshop, it turns many of Photoshop’s most difficult and time consuming tasks into simple mouse clicks.
A Great Equalizer for NovicesFor those of us who aren’t Photoshop wizards or gurus, it gives you the ability to create images just like them without spending your life in seminars and watching tutorials.
A Workflow Turbo Charger for ProsIt can take time consuming and repetitive Photoshop tasks and reduce them to seconds with fast acting scripts that cut hours off your workflow time.
A Personal Approach To SupportIf our video tutorials aren’t enough to get you up and going, we’ll spend whatever time is necessary to make sure you are able to install the StudioMagic Pro Panels, as well as learn their unique features. Our Director of Tech Support, himself a Master Photographer and Adobe Photoshop expert, will personally help you get up and running. Personal, professional tech support and customer service is only an e-mail (email@example.com) or phone call (805-451-6017) away. No call center in a far off place; you get to speak with our Director of Tech Support – a REAL PERSON – whom is a tech professional as well as a Master Photographer with more than 60 years of training in the Craft of Photography.
Virtual Studios… Kickstart Your Compositing Skills
Today, everyone wants to push the envelope with their images. LayerCake Elements Virtual Studios were created to do this… with the convenience of a few mouse clicks. With themes from Sports to Sci-fi, and by using Adobe Photoshop’s multiple layer capability you can adjust individual layers to realize your desired results. We did a lot of the compositing work for you.
All you have to do is have fun.
Get help and trade compositing ideas with friends!
Visit our StudioMagic Facebook Page in order to join our StudioMagic Community; match notes with other StudioMagic Pro Panel users; ask us for advice on using the StudioMagic Pro Panels to make your images great; or, get help from a LayerCake Elements Professional.
The magic of the StudioMagic Pro Panels at your fingertips, combined with the power of Adobe Photoshop, will soon find you displaying galleries of your own creative work. Promote your business as well as make new friends and contacts within the StudioMagic world.
FREE Instructional & Demonstration Webinars
LayerCake Elements offers FREE webinars on a regular basis through the year, where the features of StudioMagic and many of our Virtual Studio & Background Collections are demonstrated. Each webinar is unique, includes special discounts for attendees, as well as one-on-one Q&A sessions with StudioMagic’s creators.
Upcoming webinars, and the link to register for the webinar, are typically sent out via e-mail a couple of weeks prior to the webinar. This helps all interested plan for the webinar.
How to Create Water & Mirror Reflections
How to Create Dramatic Lighting Effex
How to Create Virtual Studios and Stages
Check out our library of informative videos that’ll demonstrate everything from installation to usage. There are videos for specific StudioMagic tools, using Virtual Studios and past webinars. Many StudioMagic collections also come with comprehensive written user guides as well.
Using Virtual Studios, Stages and Sets
Studio Magic 2
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StudioMagic 1 & 2
One-Click Compositing Suite for Photoshop
Review by Rod Harlan
Photoshop User, February 2016
StudioMagic 1 & 2 is a full-fledged, robust compositing suite built into Photoshop panels. For novice Photoshop users, StudioMagic will allow them to push the limits of their creativity beyond the level of their Photoshop skills. For advanced users and working professionals, it will save time and money by greatly accelerating their visual effects workflow.
The StudioMagic Designer Set caught my attention as much for what it’s not than for what it is. It’s not a collection of actions or a big pile of filters to further clutter up your Photoshop panels. It is a very clever group of lengthy Photoshop scripts tied to one-click buttons on grouped Photoshop panels, which all work together to make dramatic images as quickly and easily as possible. Basically, StudioMagic harnesses the power of Photoshop under its hood, and reduces many of its most complicated tasks to a few simple mouse clicks, so that anyone can create the look of Photoshop masters in a fraction of the time.
It starts with StudioMagic 1 Pro-Panel that includes CutOut, ShadowCaster, and LightBrush, the foundational tools need to ready your subjects for compositing.
CutOut takes the guesswork out of Photoshop’s Refine Edge command by using industry-tested professional defaults, simple sliders, and checkboxes. CutOut can cut out and replace skies or remove subjects from backgrounds in seconds, even with detailed edges or flying hair.
ShadowCaster is the logical extension of CutOut. It easily creates an accurate shadow so your subject is believable and anchored in its new scene. Change a shadow’s direction, opacity, and softness to match scene lighting, or create shadows based on time of day, and then copy the same shadow settings to multiple subjects in the same scene.
Lightbrushtakes flat-looking images and adds focus and drama by painting with light (which is really just a layer mask). If you make a mistake, just click a key, and paint back the light you removed.
StudioMagic 2 includes the following five major compositing tool sets for enhancing your images or working with StudioMagic virtual sets:
Enviro turns a summer landscape into a snowy blizzard, creates a drenching rainstorm, or fills a field with thick morning fog. You can even change daytime to sunset! The Enviro toolset includes: Season Shifter, Let it Snow, Rain Maker, Fogged In, and Sunset.
LightingEffexcreates that magical moment when light breaks through the clouds or a sudden beam streams through a window. The Lighting Effex toolbox includes: Color Match, Light Rays, Light Beams, Light Bursts, and Edge Light.
Reflections is one of the most powerful scripts. In just a matter of seconds, it creates slick mirrored effects and controllable water ripples that usually take much longer to produce. The Reflections toolset includes: Water Reflect and Mirror Image.
Compositor places a selection of commonly used photographic enhancements at your fingertips so you can add them to an image with a click of the mouse. The Compositor toolset includes: Cloud Creator, Moon Clock, Over the Rainbow, Starry Night, Lightning Strikes, and Birds & Flocks.
Hyper Zap is a module inspired by contemporary sports images, magazine covers, and movie posters. It’s the closest thing that this package has to a filter set, but it delivers an image style that’s both contemporary and commercial. The Hyper Zap tool set includes: Grunge Boost and Color Pop Effects.
All in all, the StudioMagic 1 & 2 Designer Set, bundled with 12 Virtual Studio Sets, is a good deal at $249, both for Photoshop novices who want to produce better work than their current skill set, and for advanced users who want to save hours producing these same effects from scratch. And if you use the special Photoshop User magazine promo code “PUser-2016,” you can save 20% through March 30! And if you’re a KelbyOne member, be sure to visit the Discounts section at KelbyOne.com for even more savings on LayerCake products.
Company: LayerCake, Inc.
Review by Rod Harlan
Photoshop User, February 2016