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This is a really fantastic piece of software and this tutorial does a really good job of explaining the core concepts. A few comments/questions I have:
Once again, fantastic work with this tool. It's allowed me to create some really interesting and unique grades that would be really difficult to implement using my standard toolset.
Hi @Rohit - we are happy to hear you enjoy using Photon :) and we really appreciate your feedback! Please find my answers below:
We will consider labeling the icons more clearly and grouping side and bottom icons closer together.
You can try to use the keyboard keys 1 through 4 to quickly dial through the tools. Keep an eye on the feedback element as a hint which tool is active.
To lock Saturation/Lightness on one direction simply press and hold the ALT key.
(We will add an overview of all the keyboard commands in one of the next updates)
RAW support is a difficult subject. At its core, Photon is able to import and process RAW images. But the RAW image has to go through some pre-processing like debayering and contrast adjustments in order to start from a neutral image. The problem is, that this pre-processing varies from software to software. And it is our impression that Photon, being a color editor and not a full-blown image editor, is one of many elements in the workflow of our users. Which means you would get frustrated if you open a RAW file in Photon, adjust the colors, save a LUT to continue working on the image editing in, for example, Photoshop, open the RAW file in PS, add your LUT and end up with a different result than what was displayed in Photon.
Which brings us to your last question: Yes, Photoshop support, i.e. a Plugin, is on the roadmap. The only sensible place for Photon in your RAW workflow is after you have done your RAW processing in the image editing software that you work on and trust. For now you will have to export the image from Photoshop, do the color editing in Photon, export the LUT, bring the LUT into PS as a Color Lookup and continue from there. We tried to make it easier for you by adding Photoshops standard LUT folder to the library and allowing you to add custom library folders so all the imports and exports are as painless as possible. Down the road we will develop a plugin for PS to make the round trip as easy as it is already with the OpenFX Plugin for DaVinci Resolve. I'll let you know as soon as there is something on the horizon.
Feel free to send us more suggestions about how we could improve the experience for you :)
As @Pirmin Straub indicated, I think the way forward to make tools and ranges more accessible is with shortcuts. Photon already has a bunch of them but they are currently undocumented.
We're thinking about exposing a shortcut map and down the road a complete shortcut editor in the Settings Menu.