I am trying to learn Photoflow, now that I have got it working with the git version.
As well as reading your blog tutorials, watching some of the G+/Youtube screencasts, & playing about with a number of edits myself, I downloaded your .pfi from the Backlit Challenge to see if I could follow what you had done.
I have some questions, if you don’t mind.
Working from the bottom of the layers stack upwards :-
In the 1st New Layer Group :
On the curves layer, looking within the mask - I understand the bottom 3 mask layers, but I don’t understand what the top layer “mask” is doing?
On the “New Layer” layer, looking into the mask - the “layer clone” takes its data from “New Group Layer/curves/OMap/layer clone(blended)”. Does the “OMap” signify that it is the layer clone within the mask of the curves layer? Also, what is the significance of using the blended version vs the unblended version?
2nd New Layer Group
The bottom layer “split input” does not have any ajustments or any other features, what is it’s purpose?
The next layer up “split details” uses wavelets with 3 scales. Does this not act like the GMIC “split details” where it decomposes the image into layers equal to the number of scales you choose, which you then work on? The layers above this, “split scale clo”, “split scale 1”, & “split scale 2” all appear to be clones of the “split input” layer which, as I say, I cannot find what that is doing, and there is no drawing on any of the layers. (I tried "the filter “split details” myself on the image and it didn’t seem to create any output layers, or do anything?)
So - I’m not sure what is going on in this middle layer group at all
I’m OK with what’s happening on the top “New Layer Group” and with the 3 individual layers above that
If you have some time, I’d be grateful for some insight/explanations to my questions/observations to help me learn.
It’s OK if you you don’t have time and would prefer get on with “real life”, or even programming some improvements to Photoflow, rather than answering stupid questions