Cloak Mode

 

In Cloak Mode Plugin Galaxy doesn't display its dialog and immediately starts rendering a predefined setting to the image. Cloak mode is useful if you want to quickly apply the same settings to a series of photos.


 

Activating Cloak Mode

To activate Cloak Mode please hold down the CTRL key when you click on the OK or Cancel button. The information box pictured above will appear. After pressing YES, the current settings will be saved and Plugin Galaxy will be exited with (OK) or without (Cancel) rendering the effects to the image. When you run Plugin Galaxy again by choosing it from the Filter menu of your image application, the dialog of Plugin Galaxy won't show up and the previous settings will be rendered immediately to the image.

Leaving Cloak Mode

After you have processed your series of photos in Cloak Mode you can uncloak Plugin Galaxy again. To do that, hold down the Shift key when selecting Plugin Galaxy from the filter menu in your image application. This will display the Plugin Galaxy dialog again and exit Cloak Mode. Alternatively you can also delete the file BWCloak.ini in the Plugin Galaxy folder. But this is just an emergency strategy.

 

Batch Processing using Cloak Mode in Photoshop

Photoshop offers a Batch feature on its File > Automate menu. This feature lets you batch process a series of images with the help of a Photoshop Action. So if you want to batch process images in Photoshop you only need to record an action that contains Plugin Galaxy.





To record an action with Plugin Galaxy do the following:

1. Open an image in Photoshop.

2. Switch to the Actions palette on the right and create a new action by using the New Action button or the pop-up palette menu.

3. Choose Plugin Galaxy from the Filter menu and press OK. You don't need to adjust any setting or enter Cloak mode yet.

4. Press the Stop button on the Action palette. Now you have your Plugin Galaxy action that you can use with File > Automate > Batch.

 


To batch process a series of images with Plugin Galaxy please do the following:

1. Open one of the images from the image series.

2. Run Plugin Galaxy and adjust its settings.

3. Enter Cloak Mode by holding the CTRL key and clicking on the Cancel button.

4. Select File > Automate > Batch.

5. In the Batch dialog make sure that your Plugin Galaxy action is selected.

6. Set the other batch options and click on OK to run it.


If you want to batch process another series of images with other Plugin Galaxy settings, please uncloak Plugin Galaxy as mentioned above, adjust the settings and return to Cloak Mode again. You don't need to create another action for that purpose as you would need to do for other plugins.

If you want to apply individual Plugin Galaxy settings to each image during batch processing, run the action without activating Cloak mode. In this case the Plugin Galaxy dialog will pop up for adjusting the settings for each image. To apply them just click on OK.

 

Batch Processing in Cloak Mode in Paint Shop Pro 8 and higher

Paint Shop Pro 8 (and higher) offers a Process feature on the File >Batch menu for batch processing a series of images with the help of a PSP script. Recording such a script is quite easy.


To record a PSP script with Plugin Galaxy, please do the following:

1. Open an image in PSP.

2. Select File > Script > Start Recording.

3. Choose Plugin Galaxy from the Filter menu and press OK. You don't need to adjust any setting or enter Cloak mode yet.

4. Select File > Script > Stop Recording and save the script. Now you have a Plugin Galaxy action that you can use with File > Batch > Process.


To batch process a series of images with Plugin Galaxy please do the following:

1. Open one of the images from the image series.

2. Run Plugin Galaxy and adjust its settings.

3. Enter Cloak Mode by holding the CTRL key and clicking on the Cancel button.

4. Select File > Batch > Process.

5. In the Batch Process dialog choose your Plugin Galaxy script with the Browse button from the Script frame.

6. Set the other batch options and click on the Start button to run it.


If you want to batch process another series of images with other Plugin Galaxy settings, please uncloak Plugin Galaxy as mentioned above, adjust the settings and return to Cloak Mode again. You don't need to create another script for that purpose as you would need to do for other plugins.
If you want to apply individual Plugin Galaxy settings to each image during batch processing, don't activate Cloak mode and run the script nevertheless. Then for each image the Plugin Galaxy dialog will pop up for adjusting the settings. To apply them just click on OK.

 

Batch Processing using Cloak Mode in other image editors

There are some other applications, e.g. Equilibrium DeBabilizer, that support batch processing with the help of plugins. Basically batch processing in other applications works the same as in Photoshop. You have to activate Cloak Mode in Plugin Galaxy and select the Plugin Galaxy plugin for batch processing in the batch feature of these applications.