Stipplr Trace Actions Plugin shots

Getting Started With The Stipplr Plugin

Thank you for your interest in the Stipplr Photoshop plugin!

The Stipplr plugin offers all the Actions available on this site through an easy to use interface within the Photoshop environment.  Whenever a new Action is released it will automatically appear in the panel with with all the other Actions.  Each Action is displayed as a final render making it much easier to visually identify the graphic effect you are trying to achieve.  Additionally, we’ve added search filters so you can sort the Actions by category or by using a search filed to sort by keyword — no more jumping betweent Photoshop and the website to find which Stipplr Trace Action you want to render!

Continue reading for instructions to help you download our Photoshop plugin installer and for a very brief overview of the features found within the Stipplr panel.

 

Requirements

  • Mac or Windows.
  • Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS6, CC (any release)

 

Introduction

The following tutorial is for anyone who has recently downloaded the Stipplr panel and needs help installing the panel, creating an account and logging in to access the free trial or metered mode.  After reading through this tutorial you may want to check out our extended tutorial on how the panel works — it will walk you through the process of searchingcachingbookmarking and generating your favorite shape actions.

To avoid problems during installation, please download the installer for your version of Photoshop.

Creative Cloud users will be directed to Adobe’s Add-ons website where it will be installed for you — see installation wizard below for a smooth experience!

 

Download And Install Plugin

If you have not downloaded the Stipplr extension for Photoshop yet you can do that using the button below.  Once your download begins you will be directed to an installation wizard that will walk you through the installation process.


Download Panel

 

Installation Wizards

Need help? We have created step-by-step wizards to guide you through each step during installation.  Simply click the link which corresponds to your Photoshop version:

 

Launching The Stipplr Panel

Once Photoshop has been launched, go to the Window menu and hover over the Extensions menu item to reveal the sub-menu popout.

From this popout, select Stipplr.

Photoshop menus selecting Stipplr Panel

Sign In Process

Whenever the panel is opened from a closed state, it will open on the Actions list page and present you with a subset of Trace Actions which can be rendered without having to log in.

To continue using the Stipplr Actions once the free trial expires you will need to create an account and log in using the blue “Sign In” button at the bottom of the Actions list.  Once logged in you will be using the panel in metered mode which allows any Action to be run up to 5 times per day

Photoshop Stipplr trace panel sign in process

 

Creating A New Account

If this is your first time using the Stipplr plugin then you it’s easy to create your free account:

  1. Click “Create a new account” to continue…

stipplr photoshop panel create a new account

  1. Enter your name and email address into the fields which appear.
  2. Click “Create New Account”

Stipplr Panel create new user account

 

Email Confirmation Sent!

The panel will notify you immediately that it has created your new account and that a confirmation email has been sent to the address you provided.

Stipplr panel email confirmation sent

Click “Close” to close the email notification…

 

Activate Your Account

To activate your account and start using the 100 free Trace Actions you must first enter the temporary password.  This temporary password can be found in the confirmation email that was sent to your email address and will look something like the following:

stipplr-new-account-temporary-password

  1. Enter the email address you used to create the account
  2. Enter the temporary password found in your invitation email.
  3. Copy the temporary password from the confirmation email and paste it into the password field
  4. Click “Sign In”.

Stipplr activate new account

After the panel accepts your temporary password it will prompt you to enter a new password of your choosing to replace the temporary password:

  1. Enter your new password

Stipplr panel update new password

Click Update.

You are now logged in and ready to create Adobe Shapes with Stipplr’s preset Trace Actions!

 

Plugin Overview

The Profile Panel

Whenever you Sign In successfully the panel will go to the profile panel — accessing the profile panel manually is highlighted by the cursor in the image below.

Stipplr Profile Panel

 

The Action List Panel

To get to the Action list simply click the Action icon located at the top of the panel (shown below at the top of the panel).

The Actions are paginated in lists of 35 items to keep things manageable, use the navigation at the bottom of the panel to jump between pages just as you would on the website.

stipplr panel trace actions list

Plugin Cache Process

Navigating between pages will feel slow the first time around as the panel caches the thumbnails locally — as you continue to view the Action list and each Action details page the speed will become near instant.

 

Finding content is done a few ways, you can use the search field which will instantly start filtering for your phrase and update the list.

stipplr trace action list filtering

Alternatively, you can filter by entire categories by using the Category menu to the left of the search field.  Once the Action list is filtered to view all trace actions in a specific category you can use the search field which will only filter results from that category.

stipplr trace action category filtering

 

The Details Page

The Details page was made to resemble a miniturized version of the stipplr.com website Details page (the page you normally download the Action from).  The difference between the Details page on our website and the Details page in the plugin is that you can run the Actions directly from the Details  page (manually installing the Actions is now a thing of the past).

To access a Detail page we must find an Action in which we are interested from the Action List panel.  In the case of the screenshot below, we can be seen hovering our mouse over the BENDAY011 Action preview within the Action List.

stipplr benday011 trace action list selection

To view the Details page for the BENDAY011 Action simply click on the highlighted row.

Clicking the row immediately slides the Details page for the BENDAY011 shape tracing action into view. The title, large image preview, text description, specs  and social sharing are all features found when viewing any trace action on stipplr.com website with one notable difference — a large button titled with the name of the Action.

View Stipplr details page to run action

To the right of the Action button is a dropdown menu which allows you to access additional variations of the current action if available.  More details

 

The Bookmarks Panel

The Stipplr plugin allows you to add your favorite tracing actions to the Bookmarks panel. Each product Detail page has a link to add the current action to your Bookmarks panel.

  1. Add To Bookmarks (below) adds the action to the bookmarks list.

stipplr panel add trace action to bookmarks page

To view your Bookmarks, click on the Bookmark icon at the top of the panel (see below).

stipplr how to switch to bookmarks panel

The Bookmarks panel works exactly the same way as the Actions list panel.  The category menu, search field filtering and pagination (if enough content is bookmarked) all work the same way but are limited to searching and filtering tracing actions found in your bookmarks list.

stipplr tracing actions favorites list

 

Accessing The Support Menu

To send us a comment, bug report or request for support, simply click on the panel options menu…

stipplr panel options menu

All support, contact and bug reports are filed through the stipplr.com website, therefore selecting options from this menu will switch you over to your browser.

stipplr actions support menu

The Options Menu

The order in which this menu is presented is not yet finalized, items may shift.

The Enable logging option is for submitting bugs.  When you discover a problem you can Enable logging which will create a plain text file on your desktop called stipplr.log — this file will contain a transcript of what the panel is doing and allow us to understand what failed if you choose to send it to us.

 

Need more help? We recommend reading our tutorial on how to use the Stipplr panel which contains more in-depth information.