VR and Real Estate

Recently I have been looking through postings on Zillow.com and other Real Estate websites to look at home listings in my town and what they are selling for. It’s interesting at this time not many listings include video or virtual walkthroughs. New Virtual Tour technology has not effected the realtors in my area yet, and this technology is here. My goal is to figure out how to make beautiful virtual tours, and market them to people who are really making money. Starting with my neighborhood Realtor! 

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What will be involved?

  1. First I need a 360 degree camera, I picked the Gear 360 (2017) video camera. 
  2. Then I need a program to edit and publish virtual tours, I’ll try iPanorama for now. I choose this program because it is a WordPress plugin that has been tested with my current version on WordPress. It seems like everything I need for $25.
  3. $250 later I will have everything needed for a DIY Virtual Tour. I can’t wait!

First I will need to install the memory card, possibly charge the battery of the device. I’ve already downloaded the app for my iPhone 7. Then I will need to find a tripod that is minimalistic. I’ll go to an open space and experiment. Once I have some footage I’ll play with my demo of iPanorama. Once I create a few 360 degree panorama views I will try to add hotspots or portals that will navigate you from one center image to the next just by clicking. Lots of these programs offer free trials with watermarks. Which isn’t what I want for my finished product but it is great for experimenting with what is possible. I hope to investigate the possibility of voice over, logos, ect. Thanks to iPanorama I have a way to embed them on my website if all goes well. Further down the line I might consider a tour hosing site like “TourBuzz.” This is a program that is marketed toward Real Estate Agents. It costs $15 a tour and it is extremely shareable and includes all the bells and whistles important to the target audiences (the Seller, Potential Buyers and the Relator). 

What are companies charging for tours? 

  • 3000 sqft = $200-$500
  • 2br=100 euros

What is out there as far as virtual tour companies? What is a fair price to charge clients? Top 11 Most Innovative Real Estate Virtual Tour Companies

11. Our first contestant is OpenHouse charging a monthly rate. $30/mo and a staging fee of $60 per photo. 

10. Real Tour Vision is next These guys are selling programs that are for a diverse variety of clients. They want $100 for their Real Estate software. 

09. ImagineAHome wins, they are using drones, WOW. They want $100 for 5 Images and $235 for 8 scenes, every extra scene is $20. The portals/hotspots work beautifully, it’s truly a premium virtual tour. 

08. Imagemaker360 offers tours and web hosting for tours a business would sell to their clients. It really polishes all of the issues a realtor might have with virtual tours. 

07. Houssmax is expensive, but they have an algorithm that lets you figure out what your tour would cost. My example was a townhome less than 2500-3000sqft estimated price $300. This includes 30 still shots and 120 sec of video. They will charge $0.17/sqft for anything over 3000sqft (until you get to the next price range.) They are marketing to get everything a potential buyer would want to know. 

06. BlueLaVaMedia pricing starting at $125 for their basic package and up to $250 for the full house package. 

05. Planitar brings the consumer an “iGuide,” this pricing example is for a company in Arizona. They want $50 a tour, or $50 a month. They include all the bells and whistles. 

04. 3DScanExperts are hardcore, they are making tours for VR headsets. This experience is full submersion, it feels like you are at a showing. They still want $500 for a home with 2000-4000 sqft. 

The rest of these are the big fish in the sea, the professionals $$$$: ADhocStudioStartVR, and Floored.

Ok, so now I’ve browsed through what the Pros are doing. I will need to do a test run before I can decide on a fee that would make virtual tours worth my time and overall investment.  It seems like $100 a tour would be a great price, and maybe I could add logos, voice overs and blue prints for extra fees. I will ponder these questions for now. 

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Fiber Optic Dress Cover

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Fiber Optic Dress Cover | Fiber Optic Whip and Mesh Top | 2015

Fiber Optic Dress Cover | Fiber Optic Whip and Mesh Top | 2015

Natalina’s Fiber Optic Dress on Instructables has inspired me for a long time now, and I feel blessed to have finally purchased a fiber optic whip from Ants on Melon to create a similar outfit. Thank you so much for the inspiration Natalina, I wouldn’t have thought of such a project without your instructable! ^_^

I decided that I wanted to create a garment that would allow for change and ultimately layers. So I ran with Natalina’s idea and …

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bought a netted stretchy top from China. Unfortunately by the time it got to me the concert was already upon us. So I followed your pattern with the fiber optic placement for the time being. It was the months after the show that I chose to refine the dress cover and really put some time into the project, like I originally dreamed of. I ended up restringing all of the strands in groups of two. Tracing my figure with some strands and following the given pattern with the others. It was time consuming, but I would say very much worth the monotony in the end.

This design does not include a zipper. I cut down the front of the mesh and sewed the edges so they would not fray. I tied it together with a stretchy string. The shirt it self was designed to be baggie throughout the netting and tight along the waist. Once the fiber optics were woven in pulling on the strands would create a form fitting top, without the use of a corset or boning. I also bought a cheap tutu and inflated the poof with a thick layer of foam to really get the lights away from my center. Though it does look more elegant in Natalina’s tutorial, my design was supposed to be a more festive and comfortable rendition. I must say I am pleased with the material and the overall functionality of this Fiber Optic Dress Cover.

My next step is to focus on a way to use a 3.7V battery pack with the led flashlight for my optic whip, to boost the power and over all charge of the device. This part should be a challenge for me. However, I hope to use an electrical wire, soldering equipment and a power supply that is easier to get to than directly behind me. I hope to create a more elegant design for my wedding dress when the time comes. Thanks for introducing me to such a magical medium and for the wonderful inspiration!

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Clear Cache Instructions

Clear Cache Instructions for 3 common browsers and operating systems:

Internet Explorer 9-11 or Firefox w/ Windows 7, and Safari with Yosemite.

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Internet Explorer (9, 10 & 11) & Windows 7

1. Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon on the top right corner of your window to open your browser settings.
2. Select “Safety” and “Delete Browsing History
3. Select “Temporary Internet Files and Website Files
4. Uncheck all other boxes/ options and click “Delete

Firefox & Windows 7

1. Click the Menu icon on the top right of the browser (This is the icon/button with 3 horizontal bars)
2. Click “History
3. Select “Clear Recent History
4. Time range to clear will have to be “Everything
5. Click the arrow next to Details if it does not show a list
6. Select at the minimum “Browsing and Download History, Form and Search History, Cookies, Cache, and Active Logins
7. Select “Clear Now
8. Once it is done clearing the history, close the browser
9. Open Firefox and try to access your unresponsive webmail page again.

Safari & Yosemite

1. To clear your cache on your Mac running Yosemite go to your menu bar at the top of your screen. Click “Safari” and choose “Clear History & Website Data” from the drop down menu.

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One Drive Tuts

This post was created because I am learning about OneDrive and how it will work on campus for FLC staff and faculty. The following page includes links to tutorials from the Office 356 support page.

Office 365 Tutorials

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Lisa Reihana, “Digital Marae,” 2001

Five deities from Maori legend, rendered by Auckland, New Zealand’s contemporary artist Lisa Reihana. She is a proud feminist and a multi-media artist. the “Digital Marae” collection of 2001 is made of color photographs printed on aluminum. The following artworks are life size digital works. Nevertheless, Reihana claims to think of them as “carvings” similar to the ancestral carvings from primitive Maori culture. 

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Hinepukojurangi – mist madien
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Lisa Reihana | Digital Marae, “Hinepukojurangi” | 2001

Hinepukojurangi is the mist madien or the Goddess of wind from Maori legend. It is believed that she fell in love with Uenuku, a human among men. She would visit him in our world at night and return to the heavens no later than dawn with the Goddess of light, Hinewai, sister to Hinepukojurangi. Similar to many legends where there are Gods among men, the flawed human betrays his love’s secret and she is forced to leave him until the end of his days.

Reihana recreates Hinepukojurangi in a sacred environment rising above earth and into the heavens. The space is rendered to look vast, she has split the space into three sections, the clouds at the base blend into a deep blue in the middle, which blend into a true darkness at the top of the composition. The figure is placed in the middle of the ceremonial space split into thirds. The figure hovers above the cloud line, which represents earth. She is rendered expressionless, her body language is strong, her eyes filled with passion, and her heart mourning for the one she has lost. She embodies the grace of Marvel’s present day hero “Wonder Woman” (Smith201).

Hinewai – light goddess
Lisa Reihana | Digital Marae, "The Artist" | 2007

Lisa Reihana | Digital Marae, “The Artist” | 2007

Hinewai is the little sister of the mist maiden Hinepukojurangi. Hinewai is the essence of light, the goddess of the sun. She represents the purity of the divine. Riehana has rendered this artwork in radiant light, fitting that of the beautiful Greek goddess Aphrodite.

Kurangaituku – bird woman
Lisa Reihana | Digital Marae, "Kurangaituku" | 2001

Lisa Reihana | Digital Marae, “Kurangaituku” | 2001

This artwork is based off of a Maori Legend. Hatupatu, the protagonist, ventures alone into the dark forest. He realizes how dark, cold and far away he is from everything he knows, when he hears a loud screeching sound in the distance. As he becomes acquainted with the sound he realizes it is coming from a large bird-esque form. He began to run, and looking back the bird took the shape of a woman. Hatupatu runs for cover under a rock, Kurangaituku–the bird women–tries to finagle her way in, with little success. This is a familiar story about predator vs prey.  Reihana creates a magnificent space of darkness, and in the middle is the bird woman, as if she is launching out of the canvas towards her prey, Hatupatu.

Mahuika – fire goddess
Goddess of Fire "Mahuika"

Lisa Reihana | Digital Marae, “Mahuika” | 2001

The goddess of fire is rendered on a throne, representing honor and power. The red ribbons of color add a splash of vigor, the sky is illuminated in a complementary glow. Mahuika is centered with importance in the midst of the dark ceremonial space within the composition.

Marakihau – sea monster
Lisa Reihana | Digital Marae, "Marakihau" | 2001

Lisa Reihana | Digital Marae, “Marakihau” | 2001

Marakihau, is the word for sea monster. Reihana has created a human-esque figure sharing the resemblance of a mermaid tale, her hair is wild similar to the cursed snake covered head of the mythical Medusa. The image in the text book was mislabeled Marakihau, however the still in the Smith’s book representing Reihana’s Digital Marae turned out to be the first goddess of mist or wind, “Hinepukojurangi.”

Resources on Reihana and her famous “Digital Marae” are referenced on my Pinterest board, “Maori Art Legend.”

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Digi Puppy

Isn’t this guy just adorable! I added some quick edits with Photoshop using predominantly filters and blending modes, and minimal brush work. Sometimes creating an image can be somewhat of a surprise when the edit is complete. I love the way the white digitized into neon lines on black in the middle of his adorable face.  

On a different note,

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I will be relatively digital free this weekend, so I will think of this guy when I am in the desert. Some friends and I are meeting up in Utah to camp near Lake Powell and have so much fun on the water. I cannot wait to try out some of my backpacking gear! My companions are car camping pretty comfy. Nevertheless this is a great chance for me to familiarize myself with the gear I have acquired from my dad for my trip in late June. I hope to be mindful this weekend and become more aware of my camping and trekking needs.

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Photoshop Makeover

Photoshop is used all over the media. Many people who learn how to use Photoshop are looking to learn how to touch up their photos. This unit is going to take this idea of a “Photoshop Makeover” and introduce some key tools and tricks when editing. I’ve compiled various video tutorials that will teach the skills necessary to create your own Photoshop makeover projects.

1) Clone Stamp – A retouching tool in Photoshop that allows a user to copy a selected area and paste it over another area in order to cover blemishes. | Online Expert

The clone stamp tool can be useful and a great place to start. I grabbed a real quick tutorial on how to make this tool work to clean up skin blemishes. To use the clone stamp press the [S] key and [alt+click] pixels you want to clone and than click on your picture where you want them to appear. *Note: Re-sample pixels often to avoid a stamping effect.

Photoshop CS3 Tutorial – Clone Stamp Tool

2) Healing Brush – A retouching tool in Photoshop that allows a user to copy an area and drag it across another area of an image to mix pixels and blend color tones in order to cover blemishes. | Online Expert

The first tool in the tools palette that comes to mind when editing the skin of a portrait is nested under the Band-Aid icon (healing brush). In comparison to the last tutorial you will notice that the healing brush tool has been chosen over the clone stamp tool. This is because the healing brush blends light and texture as well as re-samples pixels [alt+click] from one area of the picture to another. When using the spot healing brush, remember to zoom in close enough and minimize the surface area of your brush and use a brush just large enough to cover the blemish you are retouching.

3) Patch – A retouching tool in Photoshop that allows a user to select an area by lasso and replace it with a different selected area in order to cover blemishes. | Online Expert

The patch tool is similar to the spot healing brush tool except the path tool allows for free hand selection.  To use select the patch tool nested under the (Band-Aid icon) healing brush tools. Create a selection as if you were using the lasso selection tool, than drag your pixels to the surrounding area and fade the action immediately. To fade an operation on a mac the shortcut is [command+shift+F]. Armenta claims it’s a “great tool for neck line, singular strands of hair in front of the face, and larger blemishes.” Let’s see what Sean Armenta has to teach about Photoshop healing tools.

How to use the Healing Brush and Patch Tool | SA

4) Gaussian Blur (also known as Gaussian smoothing) is the result of blurring an image by a Gaussian function. It is a widely used effect in graphics software, typically to reduce image noise and reduce detail. | Wiki

This next video walks the viewer through a simple Photoshop makeover. The author uses the following tools and adjustments for this makeover: duplicate background image [command+J]; spot healing brush tool to paint over blemishes; eyedropper tool to pick skin color [alt+click]; brush tool with transparent opacity to edit effects through layer masks; Gaussian blur 5 px for an airbrush effect; curves layer adjustment for eyes and lips; lastly use the burn tool at 30% to darken the eyelashes. Careful when editing because you, “do not want to create a plastic doll” effect.

Photoshop Makeover Tutorial: Intermediate CS4 Walk-Through [In-Depth]

5) Texturizer – [Filter->Texture->Texturizer] You can use the default textures (Brick, burlap, Canvas, and Sandstone) or install your own. This option allows you to adjust the scaling, relief and lighting of the texture. | Echo Enduring

Good, now you can perfect the way a person looks in a portrait with basic editing skills. Next we will learn how to apply makeup to a portrait of a woman with no current visible make-up. This next video is roughly 18 minutes long and teaches us how to: create eye shadow, lipstick and other simple make-up touch-ups. The author uses several tools and skills to add make-up to a portrait of a young woman. Such as: hue layer adjustment; layer mask; brush tool; blend mode = eye shadow;  smudge tool (possibly burn tool) & blur effect for eyelashes; texture layer, Gaussian blur, colorize & hue, layer mask & brush tool = lips; Color Picker, brush tool (75%), layer mask, feather selection = blush. Let’s see it happen.

How to add Makeup in Photoshop

6) High Pass Filter – [Filter->Other->High Pass] Duplicate layer you’s like to sharpen and run High Pass filter on it. Now set the blending mode of this High pass layer to Overlay or Soft Light. | Echo Enduring

Alright so once you have worked with Photoshop makeovers it’s important to start paying attention to the details. This next tutorial focuses on my favorite aspect of portraits. The Eyes! You will learn how to use several tools and effect such as: zoom tool, light source awareness, color sampling,  brush tool, blending modes, Gaussian blur, masked curves adjustment layer, sharpen tool OR high pass filter.

How to Color, Brighten and Sharpen Eyes in Photoshop!

Overview of 9 different techniques | Photoshop Training Channel

a) clean white in the eyes: create new layer, select healing brush tool [sample: “all layers”] (hold [alt] intermittently)

b) select iris and pupil: elliptical marquee tool [alt+shift+spacebar], when your satisfied with your selection copy it to a new layer [command+J]; [filter->sharpen->smart sharpen

c) curves adjustment, layer mask, brush tool, blending mode “luminosity”

d) dodge & burn tools; layer mask, use small brush tool and follow shadows and highlights you see in the image

e) brightness; new layer , white brush tool, blending mode: “overlay”

f) hue, saturation & lightness; layer mask, curves adjustment Blue, Green & Red channels

g) gradient fill adjustment layer, select one eye at a time, click rainbow swatch, change style to angle, blending mode: “color”

h) pupil highlight; new layer, create magenta highlight with brush tool to the right corner of original highlight, change brush color to white and color center in white

i) vignette; [command+option+shift+E]

If you are like me you still want to know more about how to enhance the eyes on a portrait you are editing (I’m making a note to create a lesson especially for working with eyes in Photoshop soon). For now, If you desire to sit in on a (25 mins) tutorial, check out this video.

Creating Amazing Eyes

So take those great tips you just learned about eyes and now learn a different way to make the rainbow eye effect! This video is not professional by any means and uses the Gaussian blur filter vs. the gradient adjustment layer to create a rainbow eye effect.

Photoshop CS4 Rainbow eyes tutorial

7) Blending Modes – Photoshop and Elements allow for layer blend modes that change the way layers react with each other. Some of them you will use in every day work. If you have a photo that is too dark, for example, many times a quick fix is to duplicate the photo layer in the layers palette and change the duplicate layer mode to Screen. If a photo is too light it can sometimes be corrected by duplicating the photo layer and changing the layer mode to Multiply. | North Lite

Can you say glamour? Who doesn’t love that girl’s glamour skin glow effect? The author does the folowing edits to create this effect: copy bg layer; blending mode: “overlay;” Gaussian blur ~20px; layer mask only the skin, brush tool & vibrance adjustment layer.

Glamour Skin Glow: Photoshop

8) Lasso Tool – used for selections where there is no pre-defined shape, and allows you to selest areas by free hand. Simply click and drag to select the outline of your area. To complete the selection drag the mouse back to the start point. At this point you will see the familiar black and white line of a selection. If you let go of your path half way through it will complete the path for you with a straight line back to the first click. | Shape Shed

Now that you know what to do with general skin and facial edits let’s move on to editing hair! The author uses the lasso tool to make selections of hair from the same photo and copies them to a new layer. He edits this new layer with the free transform edit option. [Command+T] when resizing the layer hold [Command+shift+T] to retain the proportion of the layer. Mask out hard edges, and overlap the layers where they need to be incorporated with the rest of the image. Repeat this process until you have a full body of hair. This exercise would be good to try with multiple photos from the same photo shoot. ie; lighting and hair look and feel.

 

Photoshop Tutorial: Hair Makeover Edit: getting that full bodied look [In-Depth]

9) Vector Mask – A vector mask creates a sharp-edged shape on a layer and is useful anytime you want to add a design element with clean, defined edges. After you create a layer with a vector mask, you can apply one or more layer styles to it, edit them if needed, and instantly have a usable button, panel, or other web-design element. | Adobe

On the subject of hair, lets look into learning how to select hair. There are many reasons to select wild hair, or individual strands of hair. For example, you can edit the hue of the hair in your portrait. The author of the next video uses the following tools and adjustments to create a full body hair look and feel. Quick section tool to create a general selection; [alt] deselect background area; Mask selection; in the Mask palette select: “Mask Edge;” set radius to ~20px; lastly use the refine radius brush tool & paint near the end of the hair strands and release. That should give you a pretty specific advanced selection using layer masks.

Photoshop Tutorial: Make Advanced Hair Selections with Masks

10) Liquify – From photo retouching, to artistic effects, the Liquify filter is a powerful tool for every Photoshop user. This filter allows us to push, pull, rotate, reflect, pucker, and bloat the pixels of any image. | Tuts +

Liquify can be a really fun tool, and useful during a Photoshop makeover. There are two main ways it is used for photo editing. Sean Armenta will teach how to use it sparingly and at a very low strength to a professional portrait. He mainly uses 2 Liquify tools,  forward warp tool and the push left tool. Brush density and pressure generally set to 20%, use a much larger brush than you would think you need.  Liquify on both sides of the line you are editing. Push or pull pixels adjacent to the edge. Use short but deliberate brush strokes. Use guides to help align facial structure symmetrically. Remember to use small pushing motions and don’t stretch out your pixel structure too much.

How to Photoshop: Liquify Basics Tutorial by Sean Armenta

 

If you’re not working for a client the liquify tool can be a fun purposeful distortion tool. For example it can give eyes a cartoon effect. I recommend just opening a picture up in liquify and seeing what’s possible to control and what gets too out of hand too quickly. This is what I came up with for my large eyed avatar. W00T!

photoshop edit

 

Photoshop: Large Eyes Effect with the Liquify Tool – Tutorial

 

11) Puppet Warp – intelligent transformation and deformation Photoshop CS5 tool. Puppet warp can be used on selection, layers, and whole photos, to push and pull elements into new configurations. With Puppet Warp, you place multiple “pins” on the image as anchor points. The pins define where image parts remain fixed, and become handles for warping–you drag the pains around to reposition elements of the image. Puppet Warp settings allow for rigid, normal, or distorted pixel fidelity and the pin depth (stacking order) can be defined for layered effects.

This next tutorial teaches how to use puppet warp, clone stamp tool, & liquify for a thinning effect, i.e. an extreme makeover. Begin by making two copies of the original layer. Puppet warp your selection to shrink the image from the sides; the author claims this process is more forgiving than the liquify tool, and that’s why he chose to start with this editing technique. Move anchors strait to the left and to the right (a little up and down is ok).  Use the clone stamp tool to edit away the hard edge from your selection prior to the puppet warp. In the layers palette select both copies of the original layer and [Command+E] merge them together. Use the polygonal lasso tool (nested under the lasso tool) to draw the contour of the new figure (in this case the back). New layer “clone,” select clone stamp [Alt+click] on background and click away the fat. Use Clone stamp to brush away fat on the inside of the back. Use healing brush for any weird spots. Repeat process for the other side. Once the contour of the body fits the size you want the person to be merge the layers [Command+E]. Liquify to shape the body in the way you would like it to look.

Lose Weight In Photoshop | Glazefolio Design Blog

 

Some editors use Photoshop to such an extreme extent, such as the following video. One could argue that a lot has been lost from such an extensive edit. Although it is sort of neat to see it all come together.

100 year old lady made Young and Beautiful again!

Adobe Photoshop Lessons:

  1. Healing Brush & Patch tool; to use the spot healing brush tool press the [J] key and make sure the tool is activated on the tools palette. Click on blemishes surrounded by good skin to “fix” those pixels in the image. It’s better to click around the picture than to drag your cursor like a brush tool. The Healing patch tool is for covering up larger oblong shapes.
  2. Clone Stamp; to use the Clone Stamp press the [S] key and [alt+click] pixels you want to clone and than click on your picture where you want them to appear. *Note: Re-sample pixels often to avoid a stamping effect.
  3. Basic Photoshop Makeover; tools and effects to use and create a basic makeover with: the spot healing brush tool, eyedropper tool & brush tool, Gaussian blur effect, layer masks, & curves layer adjustment.
  4. Make-up; tools and effects necessary for this tutorial are: zoom, hue adjustment, texture, fine tuned brushes, layer masks, and blending modes.
  5. Eyes; we learned how to sharpen, brighten, and colorize eyes through simple to advanced editing techniques.
  6. Hair; advanced selection tools using layers masks, edge refinement and brush tools.
  7. Weight; editing a figures weight can be managed with three main tools and or effects: liquify, puppet warp, clone stamp & healing brush.
  8. Practice; the learning curve is the most difficult part of Photoshop, stick with it and make sure you are using layer masks and copying your original layers. Be careful not to over-do an edit, like when the old woman became young again in that last tutorial. Sometimes it’s good to create a surrealistic environment for your figures and go all out with the editing. Nevertheless, I will save my ideas on that for a different lesson.

Happy Editing!

Photoshop + the Internet

I have been curious about using brushes and plugins downloaded from the internet into my Photoshop CS6.

This video tutorial is to help set up a plugin from the internet on a Mac (if it doesn’t do so automatically).

How To Set Up Photoshop Plugins

Ideally it is supposed to be this simple:

Add AKVIS Plugins to Photoshop (for Mac)

 

So what am I doing wrong?