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Programming related topics (JS and ExtendScript, CoffeeScript, Flex, Actionscript mainly)

In this guest post, the Photoshop developer Scott Murdock tackles the apparently familiar topic of Luminosity Masks – with very interesting findings for anybody using them. Enjoy!

Everywhere you go you read about Luminosity Masks – I’m really surprised it doesn’t have its own Wikipedia Page! (Maybe I’ll take care of that).  It is truly a great tool to have in your toolbox, very powerful when used correctly. It’s greatness by simplicity. But how does it works? Not in the sense “how to create it”, but what really happens behind the scenes?

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I’m not used to talking about commercial products I’ve not personally developed on my blog, but I’ve decided it might be interesting to cover the work of other developers here, from time to time or when something catches my eye. Today I’d like to tell you about Configurator Reloaded, a Photoshop panel by Thomas Zagler, who revives the idea of Adobe Configurator (the original one).

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When developing HTML Panels, I’m always quite fanatic about code privacy: for a variety of reasons, I don’t want users to peek into my files. Lately, I’ve found particularly effective the obfuscation provided by javascriptobfuscator.com – which, surprisingly, works equally fine with both JavaScript and ExtendScript.

Their paid tier offers the possibility to access it through HTTP – a good candidate for Gulp automation. Since there’s no ready-made plugin available on the internet, I’ve ventured into building one; which I’m going to share with you in this post.

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