The TK Lum-Mask and Basic V6 panels are quite similar. Most users would only need to install one, and at this point in time, the TK Lum-Mask panel would be the best choice for most users. Apple Silicon computers require use of the TK Lum-Mask Panel, but it also works great on Windows and Intel-based Mac computers. Access to all versions of the panels are included in the download folder.
Sean Bagshaw also recorded an excellent video series that explains everything about the Basic V6 panel and how to use it. You can watch three of them below. The full set is included in the download folder.
The TK Lum-Mask plugin is similar to the TK Basic V6 panel, which you may already have. It quickly generates preset Lights, Darks, and Midtones luminosity masks that can be viewed in real time on-screen in Photoshop. The plugin also provides several output options for deploying the masks that are created. The bit depth of the masks generated by the plugin always matches that of the image, so with 16-bit images you get 16-bit masks throughout the process. The images below outline how this plugin works. You can also download the instructions PDF here.
An action is a series of steps (tasks) that you playback on a photo. These steps can be menu commands, panel options,tool actions, and so on. For example, an action that creates a snapshoteffect, is a series of steps that changes the size of the image,applies an effect to the image, creates a border that extends below theimage, and then saves the file in the desired format.
A set of actions is available in Photoshop Elements, in the Actionspanel (Window > Actions). You can play one or more of these actionson a photograph. Action files cannot be created in Photoshop Elements.However, you can load more action files (.atn files) that have beencreated in Adobe Photoshop.
I haven't used TK actions or Lumenzia and it's interesting to hear the pros and cons. I have created my own Luminosity Action Panel called ADPpanel+. I have been using Luminosity Actions for quite a long time and turned my tools into actions and have created a panel.
As has been mentioned already, the panels are customizable and you can organize them as you see fit, whether that involves multiple separate modules, removing one or more of the modules or giving them each their own space. Beyond that level of customizability, the TK Actions module itself has six numbered slots for you to record and save your own actions in Photoshop. Further, it is important to take note of the colored borders and backgrounds in the TKActions Panel V5 modules. They are organized coherently by color, which helped me a lot when learning to use the panels in my own workflow. 2b1af7f3a8