Open a single photo or image in Adobe® Photoshop® - PS. Select the layer (background, in this case) and select Xycod/PostworkShop from the Filters menu. Please note that we have zoomed in the image to fill the entire PS workspace.

The PostworkShop plug-in opens with the layer (background) you selected, loaded in the Compositing viewport. As you can see, there is only one Object called "Image from plug-in host" with its single Layer#1. As we mentioned in tutorial 5.0 "Understand the plug-in mode" there is no Batch processing pane available in the plug-in mode. 

As in the standalone version, apply as many styles as you want to the image. Layer, mix, and blend the styles and filters. For first, to work more comfortably, we will dock the Styles pane from the Properties+Preview pane. and apply a Random Painter filter. Adjust its properties as you prefer. We have zoomed in the image to fill all the compositing vewport.

After the Random Painter, we have added a Majority filter to give a more realistic effect to the ink painting. We have then blended the two layers with a Soft light, and lowered the Majority layer's opacity to 50%.  

The different views are available in the plug-in version too: you can split the image and see the original and the postworked together...

 or you can also see them side-by-side for a better comparison.

When you’re done, you have the options to:


-    Apply: "render and return to the host" button. The image in PostworkShop is rendered and sent back to PS. PostworkShop remains open but you need to call it again to work on other images/layers from PS. You can close the plug-in manually. 

-    Apply and exit: "render, return to the host and quit" button. The image in PostworkShop is rendered and sent back to PS. PostworkShop will be closed. Re-call the PostworkShop plug-in to apply styles to a new layer.The difference between these two is that while “apply” does not close the plug-in window, “apply and exit” does exit and opens a window every time you open the Xycod /PostworkShop plug-in.
-    Exit without applying.

Note: If you chose to keep PWS open for a faster start when you want to use it next time, then you have to quit it manually when you don't need it any more (when you quit Photoshop). We have no means to know when PS quits, the communication is cut between PS and PWS when we return the processed image. Please note that PWS is not a usual plug-in. The "plug-in" is just a messenger between PS and the full PWS program.

Here we chose to Render, return to the host and quit PostworkShop.

PostworkShop renders the final image and sends back the result to PS.