CC equivalent to Image>adjustments>variations

Community Beginner ,
Aug 01, 2014 Aug 01, 2014

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Is there an Photoshop CC equivalent to the Image > Adjustments > Variations tool available in earlier versions?

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Adobe Employee , Aug 01, 2014 Aug 01, 2014
Levels, Curves, Hue/Saturation. These will all allow you to do the same thing, but the UI is quite different. And these aren't even the only options, there are lots of ways to shift the color balance of an image.

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 01, 2014 Aug 01, 2014

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Levels, Curves, Hue/Saturation. These will all allow you to do the same thing, but the UI is quite different. And these aren't even the only options, there are lots of ways to shift the color balance of an image.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 02, 2014 Oct 02, 2014

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None of these are as good as Variations was.....

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 02, 2014 Oct 02, 2014

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I keep an old version of Photoshop Elements installed for those few times when I can't get it just right in Photoshop.

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New Here ,
Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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Elements has the Variations feature???  If you see this,  please tell which version!

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It is great for working with kids as quickly gives them several options for changing their pictures with a click...

 

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 16, 2016 Feb 16, 2016

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hahaha compliments

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 02, 2014 Oct 02, 2014

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Variations Plug-in is in Photoshop CC Adobe seems to have removed it from CC 2014.  However when I copied then cc variations plug-in into my Photoshop Plugin tree which  I link into all versions of Photoshop plug-in tree.  When I use CC 2014 the variation plun-in seems to work so I don't know why Adobe removed it from CC 2014 the support needed seems to still be there.  Right click on image and click view the link in a new tab or window.  You can scale it and read it then.

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New Here ,
Jan 10, 2015 Jan 10, 2015

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How can get the "Variations" plug in for CC?

Thanks in advance for your assistance,

Ned

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 10, 2015 Jan 10, 2015

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I wish it were possible. After CS 5 Adobe stopped putting variations in the program. You have to use the Color balance tool.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 10, 2015 Jan 10, 2015

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nedzter wrote:

How can get the "Variations" plug in for CC?

Thanks in advance for your assistance,

Unless my memory is totally scrambled, if you have the subscription, you can download both CC and CC2014 and keep them both.  I know some folks do that to have access to the Oil Paint filter.

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New Here ,
Jan 04, 2018 Jan 04, 2018

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Could you help me to do the same in CC 2017? thanks a lot ^^

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Contributor ,
Oct 04, 2014 Oct 04, 2014

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All things considered, I think it's understandable why the powers that be have quietly decided to relegate Variations to the attic but still, that's a cool bit of info. I went ahead and put a link to the CC plug-in in my CC2014 plug-in folder — more because I could than because I actually needed to — and lo and behold, it works.

It's scary that I remember this, but the last time I used Variations was for a project back in 2008. As Brett N said above, there's lots of subtler ways to play with the color balance.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 04, 2014 Oct 04, 2014

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On the other hand,,, those of us who used to work in a darkroom with a

dicroic enlarger were used to the photographer's exposure box and the

color wheel. It was easy to use and since I have to do a lot of

photomicrographs, I needed the speed if afforded. I get the subtlety

aspect, but I don't need to pull up curves for every image.

DK

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LEGEND ,
Jan 10, 2015 Jan 10, 2015

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I wasn't even aware that they had re-introduced Variations in CC, a feature that I thought was deprecated as of CS5.

I had even totally forgotten about that feature until this thread.  I normally work in ProPhoto RGB and 16 bit images for greater latitude when adjusting my images.  I found Variations most unsubtle.

It's very interesting to read that other users miss them.  Thank you for everyone's contributions.

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New Here ,
Aug 16, 2015 Aug 16, 2015

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Hey,

I found a solution, simple and easy to variations work well on Photoshop CC 2015.

See TechGame Reviews: Photoshop - Plugin Variations (Variações)

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Participant ,
Jan 25, 2016 Jan 25, 2016

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The copy old plugin trick doesn't work anymore. I have tried now two different copied old plugins:

Variations.8bf - 82,080 bytes

Variations.8bf - 82,824 bytes

and neither of them work. Both say "Could not complete the Variations command because of a disk error:" This probably occurred after some update of Photoshop CC 2015. Any ideas how to fix that 8bf file for CC 2015?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 25, 2016 Jan 25, 2016

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It's an old thread, but I'm going to add my two cents worth, and give a big up for the Color Balance adjustment layer.  It is so intuitive.  If the image looks too yellow, move the appropriate slider away from the yellow towards the blue.  What could be easier?  What I always notice after using this feature, is that after a minute tweaking, how incredibly wrong the image looks when you turn the Color Balance layer off.  It is just about perfectly weighted as well IMO.  The right half of my hero Bert Monroy, is masked out, so we can see what difference a hefty -50 makes with the yellow/blue slider.

Or you could spend ages with a curves layer, or convert to LAB mode, but for a quick fix, this is my go to solution.

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New Here ,
Jan 30, 2021 Jan 30, 2021

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This does not work on Mac.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 21, 2016 Sep 21, 2016

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YOU CAN USE VARIATIONS IN ANY VERSION, you just need to use a plug-in.

Simply download the file from the link, (Variations.8BF file), place is in "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Required\Plug-Ins\Filters "

Idk who uploaded it, or whether it's legal or not, but " Dropbox - Adobe CC2015 " here is the link I downloaded it from.

Its a few kB file.

I pasted the url, it automatically generated a link.

If the link above doesn't work, copy the following to notepad, Replace every * \ *   with * / *

" https:\\www.dropbox.com\sh\xktlhyvd1oiffz5\AADqfhZJ9iuMTfp48P933-fVa?dl=0 "

p.s.  -   you don't need to create an account on Dropbox, find an option to download anyway on the page.

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New Here ,
Jan 04, 2018 Jan 04, 2018

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In CC 2017 this doesn't work T.T
Could you help me?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 04, 2018 Jan 04, 2018

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Use CC 2014

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New Here ,
Jan 30, 2021 Jan 30, 2021

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This does not work on Mac.  I tried both putting it in the main Plug-Ins directory ( /Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Adobe Photoshop CS6.app/Contents/Required/Plug-Ins/Filters ) and also in the custom Preferences > Plug-Ins where you can define your own Plug-Ins directory.  And it failed to work for both.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 30, 2021 Jan 30, 2021

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I think that it is telling that it is 2021 and no "enterprising" developer has written a replacement plug-in or standalone application that recreates variations.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 14, 2015 Jul 14, 2015

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Where is "image>adjustments>'variations' " in Photoshop cc ????

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 21, 2016 Sep 21, 2016

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YOU CAN USE VARIATIONS IN ANY VERSION, you just need to use a plug-in.

Simply download the file from the link, (Variations.8BF file), place is in "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Required\Plug-Ins\Filters "

Idk who uploaded it, or whether it's legal or not, but " Dropbox - Adobe CC2015 " here is the link I downloaded it from.

Its a few kB file.

I pasted the url, it automatically generated a link.

If the link above doesn't work, copy the following to notepad, Replace every * \ *   with * / *

" https:\\www.dropbox.com\sh\xktlhyvd1oiffz5\AADqfhZJ9iuMTfp48P933-fVa?dl=0 "

p.s.  -   you don't need to create an account on Dropbox, find an option to download anyway on the page.

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