Using virtualPhotographer
        virtualPhotographer is designed to quickly apply artistic effects to your image  in one click so that you can easily see and judge the effects you like.
Using just the above you can cycle through hundreds of different effects quickly using the DOWN arrow and UP arrow keys on your keyboard, or the Up and Down arrows onscreen, or the scroll-wheel on your mouse if you have one. This will move to the next Preset and apply it automatically. Make sure the Preset pop-down menu is closed but selected for this to work correctly, otherwise the arrow keys will simple scroll through the pop-down menu list to the next Preset if it is open but will not apply the effect.

To see the original image simple click and hold the left mouse button down on the image in the Preview Window.

You may need to use the Zoom controls to see the details of some effects, film grain for example, the "Fit" zoom control will fit the entire image into the preview window while the "100%" zoom button will show the image full size. The "+" and "-" buttons zoom the image in and out respectively

If the image is zoomed larger than fits in the Preview window you may move the image around to view the area you wish by clicking and holding the left mouse button on the image in the Preview window and dragging it to where needed.
2.  Tweaking Effects to your Liking
        Once you have cycled through many Effects with one click using the Main Presets you may find a particular effect that is close but not exactly what you want. This is where customizing Effects comes in. You can even save your customizations so that you can apply them to any images in future. To customize Effects you use the Film and Style tabs.
Film Settings
Style Settings
1.  Apply Preset Effects in One Click
        The ideal way to use virtualPhotographer is to cycle through the application of many of the Preset effects on your image to see which ones look best. This is done from the Main virtualPhotographer tab as shown here:
3.  Saving Custom Effects
Once you have made tweaks to your image you can save these edits so that you can apply them to other images in future. You may name your tweaks and save them in one or more of four Preset folders called Color, Black and White, Extras, and Favorites. You custom effects will then appear on the similarly named categories on the Main virtualPhotographer panel.

To save a custom Effect go to the Style panel
Once saved you may now access your Custom Effect at any time from the Main panel
4.  Applying Effects to multiple images in BATCH mode
Many Photo Editors have the ability to apply edits to multiple images in batch mode using recorded "Actions". virtualPhotographer allows such batch operations using a separate plug-in called "virtualToBatch". virtualToBatch automatically applies the current saved batch effect. The steps to using virtualPhotographer Effects in batch mode are:

1.  Save the Effect you wish to apply using the "Save to Batch" option in virtualPhotographer
2.  Close virtualPhotographer and in your sequence of recorded "Actions" use the plug-in virtualToBatch instead of virtualPhotographer
Save Custom Effect for batch
Use virtualToBatch in Actions
5.  Selections and Layers
virtualPhotographer is fully aware of Selections and Layers in your image editing software. To apply an effect to just a part of your image simply select it before you start virtualPhotographer, you can even feather the selection to ensure gradual and pleasing edges. When you have the desired effect in virtualPhotographer simply click the "Process" button as normal and the effect will only be applied to your selection. Likewise with Layers, virtualPhotographer will work on any layer, or the background. Simple select the layer you wish to use in your image editing software and then start virtualPhotographer. When you apply an effect from virtualPhotographer that you like it will only be applied to the selected layer. You can also combine selections on layers.

Note: virtualPhotographer does not currently preserve the transparency (Alpha-channel), sometimes called the Mask, of a layer.
6.  Speed Tips
Viewing the Effects of many Presets is a great way to get to the best settings quickly. To do this click on the Preset pop-down menu and select the Effect you wish to begin at. The pop-down menu will disappear and the effect you choose will be selected, and applied to the Preview window. Now use the DOWN (and UP) arrow keys on your keyboard, or onscreen, to quickly move between the Preset Effects.

Another method to quickly move through Preset options it to use the scroll-wheel on your mouse. Once the Preset pop-down menu is selected as described above simply scroll the mouse wheel with your finger to move between Presets and see their effect.

To quickly access specific Presets you may use the first letter of the name of the Preset from the keyboard. As you keep pressing this key the Preset will jump to the next effect beginning with the letter you are pressing.

You may also use the HOME, END, PAGEUP and PAGEDOWN keys in the selected Preset pop-down menu to jump to the top of the list, the bottom of the list, one page up in the list and one page down in the list respectively.

To move sliders by small amounts first click on the slider to select it and then use the LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys on the keyboard
7.  System Requirements and Compatibility
virtualPhotographer is an 8-bit Photoshop Plug-in Filter that works on Microsoft Vista (32-bit) Windows XP, ME, and '98 operating systems. We are looking to create a Macintosh version

virtualPhotographer is a Photoshop-compatible plugin and as such requires a host image-editing program that supports Photoshop Plug-ins. Photoshop Plug-in Filters are files with an ".8BF" extension. Photo Editors that support Photoshop Plug-ins Filters typically have a "Plug-ins" folder or sometimes a further "Filters" folder.

Examples of install folders:

Photoshop CS3
   C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Plug-Ins\Filters  (or similar)


Photoshop Elements 7 (Default)
   C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 7.0\Plug-Ins\Filters

Corel Paint Shop Pro X2
   C:\Program Files\Corel\Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2\Languages\EN\PlugIns


If you have problems it is a good idea to search for the location of other "8BF" files in your Photo Editor and install virtualPhotographer in the same folder. There are many Photoshop Plug-in compatible programs we have successfully tested virtualPhotographer with:

Photoshop from Adobe
Photoshop Elements from Adobe
Paint Shop Pro from Corel
Photo-Paint from Corel
Photo-Brush from MediaChance
IrfanView
Canvas from ACD
GIMP
PhotoSuite from MGI
Image Explorer Pro from CDH Productions
virtualStudio
... and many more.

virtualPhotographer requires a photo-editor that supports 24bit RGB images.


64-Bit
virtualPhotographer works on all 32-bit versions of  Photoshop (up to CS3) on both 32-and 64-bit operating systems. Vista 64 for example will work using CS3. Photoshop CS4 comes with  both 32-bit and 64-bit versions and the default installer will install both on a 64-bit system. virtualPhotographer is not compatible with CS4 64-bit on a 64-bit system. However we do have users successfully using virtualPhotographer with CS4 in 32-bit mode on 64-bit systems. The install path for virtualPhotographer in this case is:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS4\Plug-ins\Common
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