Annie's Astro Actions

These are user-friendly tools for Photoshop that help beginners and advanced imagers alike in processing their astrophotographs.
Detailed instructions are included and there is also a 30 day money-back guarantee if you have problems and I cant help get you sorted out.  
 

 

Current Version: 6.0

 

 

Price: $15

You will automatically receive an email with the download link once you order as well as being brought to a download page . .

 If you aren't redirected to the download after purchase, please check your email before contacting me! Some browser script blockers are preventing the redirect but the email will go automatically for each order.

 


 

Actions included in Annie's Astro Actions v6.0:                          Some examples of the Actions in use (more examples will be posted soon)                                           


 

Description of Each Action: 
 
Channel Process: Used to do most of the initial processing for each channel file you have (or a combined RGB image)
LRGB Combine: Takes 4 aligned channel files to create a complete LRGB image. (using Lab color for better results)
RGB Combine: Takes 3 aligned channel files to create a complete RGB image (can be used for Ha, SII, and OIII as well)
Hubble Palette Creation: Takes 3 aligned narrowband channel files to create a completed Hubble palette image
Simple Stretching: Walks you through simple curves and levels stretching
Enhance Dust Lanes: Used to bring out and sharpen the dust lanes of a galaxy
Dynamic Enhance: Used to quickly dynamically stretch and increase contrast in your image
Reduce Star Bloating: Reduces star bloating that can occur when stretching your image 
Reduce Star Size - full photo: Reduces the size of your stars for your entire image rather than just selected large stars
Brighten Color & Sharpen: Increases the saturation of colors in the image while also sharpening the image slightly
Smooth Out Image: Gives the overall appearance a "softer" look
Noise Reduction: Reduces the noise in your overall image
Boost Star Colors: Enhances and boosts the colors in the stars in your image
Create Watermark: Creates a watermark across your image to protect your images against copyright infringement
Remove "Panda Eyes": Removes dark rings that can appear around stars when over-sharpened
Remove Stars (Large Image): Removes the Stars from your image (for large chip cameras & DSLRs)
Remove Stars (Small Image): Removes the Stars from your image (for small chip cameras)
Create Mosaic (6 panel): Takes 6 panels and does the initial processing (feathered border, rough alignment based on user-input) for a mosaic. 
Create Mosaic (4 panel): Takes 4 panels and does the initial processing (feathered border, rough alignment based on user-input) for a mosaic.  
Star Layer Separate (automatic): Separates the Stars from your DSO and places them in separate layers, no user prompts to assist. Effective in most cases.
Star Layer Separate (user assist): Separates the Stars from your DSO and places them in separate layers, has prompts for user assist to make more accurate
Reduce Vignetting Method #1: 1 of 2 methods hat will help reduce vignetting in your image ... try both to determine which will work best for your image
Reduce Vignetting Method #2: Second method for reducing vignetting. This one requires less user interaction
Gradient Removal: Reduces color gradients in your image

Annie's Astro Actions: $15

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions:
 

Will you process my astrophotos or do a video of my image being processed for me?
In short: Yes, I will. 

I am happy to do a tutorial video with your data. I charge $100/video and final image which I send to you.  Contact me with your inquiry for more information.

I am also happy to process your astrophotos for you if you provide me with the raw subs and calibration frames or the raw stacks (already calibrated). I do charge a modest fee ($80/final image) for this as processing astrophotos can be a very time intensive process. Contact me with your inquiry. 


Can I use your actions on all of my computers or just one?
As long as they are all your own computers you may load the actions on multiple computers (example: main processing computer and travel laptop). You may NOT load the actions on other peoples' computers or on public (
i.e. astronomy club) computers without first purchasing a bulk license. Contact me for details if you are interested in loading the actions to a club or group computer. 


What is the Compatibility?
Astro Actions are compatible with all Full versions of Photoshop 32 & 64 bit modes

[in English only - foreign language versions may not work] and both Windows and Mac

These actions work on 8 and 16 bit RGB images in Photoshop CS2 through CS6 (if you want to work on a 32 bit image, convert it to 16 bit first); and in 8 bit in earlier versions of PS.

The actions have been thoroughly tested on CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, & CS6. None of the testers reported any problems on CS2 or above. 
If you have a problem it is most likely a setting or default that has been changed in PS. Contact me with any error messages and, if possible, screenshots with relevant information (which action, error details, photo details such as RGB, greyscale, bit type, etc) and I will get back to you as soon as possible to work out the problem and come up with a solution.

The actions have been tested with PS7 & CS, however, the layers have to be manually merged throughout the steps in order to get most of the actions to work. 
If you have a version earlier than CS2, keep this in mind before purchasing. 
You will most likely have to rework a couple of the actions yourself to manually.

 


What about PS Elements?
There is not currently a version of Annie's Astro Actions for Photoshop Elements. As I do not own a copy of Elements this is unlikely to change in the future. If, however, I do eventually create a version for Elements I will post that news on my main Actions page.


How do I load Annie's Astro Actions?
Full instructions on how to load the actions is included with the download file in the "Release Notes & Instructions" file


What actions are planned for future versions?
Actions for future versions are created as users request them and as I see a need for them in my own processing. I am open to suggestions, so feel free to shoot them to me via the Contact page.

I have receieved a few requests for an automatic star-spike tool. However, I am not trying to reproduce others' action sets that are available but fill the void in what theirs cannot do. 

 

What about updates? I see you just released a new version but I bought the actions just before they were released.
All updates to new versions, including any new actions in the newer version are included with your purchase. I send out an email to everyone who has purchased the action set when a new release is out with instructions on how to download the update. If, for some reason, you did not get the email (accidentally deleted, spam filter caught it, you changed your email address), let me know and I will send you the latest version. 

 

What if I have to reboot my OS and I lose the actions, do I need to buy them again?
Of course not, use your original email and click the request reactivation link. It will send me a request for reactivation for the download which I will process as soon as possible. 

 

What if I can't find the email anymore?
Just shoot me a message via the Contact page. I have a record of all previous sales so I can send you the reactivation link from that. 

How do I install the Actions?
There is a text file that accompanies the action download (in the zip folder) which has instructions for both the action install and one for each individual action and how they work. The overall action install instructions and license information has been made available online at this page. The release notes page is also available online if you have problems reading the text files.