Using a dialog box to edit a Curves adjustment layer

In response to my notes on how we’ve polished the Adjustments panel in Photoshop CS5, I saw a couple of requests for a way to edit adjustments (especially Curves) via a dialog box instead of via a panel. To do so in CS4 you can download and use this panel (screenshot). In CS5 the architecture that supports extension panels has changed, so you need to grab the CS5 version of the panel.
In case you have trouble installing the panel via Extension Manager*, you can download this plain-zipped version (or the CS5 version). Unzip it and drag the resulting “Curves – Dialog” folder into your “Adobe Photoshop CS4/Plug-Ins/Panels” directory.
* If you’re getting permissions errors on Windows Vista or Windows 7, try right-clicking the Extension Manager icon, clicking Properties, selecting the Compatibility tab, and checking the “Run this program as an administrator” checkbox.

6 thoughts on “Using a dialog box to edit a Curves adjustment layer

  1. John anywhere further in finding out who designed the impressive CS5 master collection cover and launch artwork??
    As well as that fantasy dragon on the photoshop extended page..
    CHeers your the best;O)

  2. Thanks for the update (although the mxp link to the cs5 version doesn’t work, at least at 8pm eastern time. The full zip does work).
    [Dang, I’d swear I tested that link. In CS5 the extension for “ExMan” packages has changed to be ZXP. I’ve now updated the link; thanks. –J.]

  3. Do the changes in CS-5 extension panels require a new version of Configurator?
    And does Illustrator now support Configurator panels?
    [Yes, and no. I’ll post more info soon. –J.]

  4. steve joibs has said so many true words today as he spoke about flash.
    flash is the past..
    [I’m sure he appreciates your semi-illiterate support. –J.]

  5. Flash is the closest thing we’ve had, in my 25 years programming, to a write-once run-anywhere platform. Flash isn’t just for playing movies anymore. (And if it were so “over,” Microsoft wouldn’t be working so hard to catch up with it, in their usual extraordinarily complicated style.)

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