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Mask Pro v4.1 Plug-in for Photoshop CS3
As in the previous version, onOne Software’s Mask Pro 4 uses the concept of “keep colors” and “drop colors” chosen by the user and then based on those user selections, the Mask Pro 4 algorithm will remove only those selected colors from an image. One of the strengths of Mask Pro 4 is that when a “drop color” is found in another pixel, Mask Pro 4’s powerful color decontamination technology will remove only that color value from the pixel, leaving that pixel (or pixels) semi-transparent. The benefit to the user is that Mask Pro 4 will virtually eliminate the edge halo effect often seen when masking a transparent object or edge.
There are several new features included in Mask Pro 4 including pressure sensitivity support for Wacom Tablets. Now, the harder you press on your Wacom Tablet, the harder the edge you'll get in your mask. Press lightly and you'll get a nice soft edge in your mask. With Mask Pro 4 and your Wacom Tablet, masking has never been easier!
Masking Hair and Transparent Objects
Masking images that contain hair can be tricky and often frustrating. With Mask Pro 4, you can easily create a mask that preserves the details you want and even removes unwanted ambient color contamination. To effectively mask hair, define colors in the hair as "Keep Colors" and then define colors in the background as "Drop Colors". Then use the Magic Brush and brush over the hair to paint away the background.
The Color Decontamination technology built-in to Mask Pro allows you to mask difficult subjects like glass, lace and smoke with ease. Simply choose colors to keep and colors to drop and Mask Pro does the rest.
No Edge Halos
Images like this may look easy to mask, but when you look closer, you’ll notice that often times, the background color is picked up in the edge of the foreground subject as a reflection. If not dealt with, this will degrade your final composite. With Mask Pro’s color decontamination technology and touch up tools, you can say goodbye to these halos forever.
Complete Collection of Masking Tools
In any given image, you may need more than one tool to get the job done. That’s why Mask Pro provides a complete collection of tools that help you take on the toughest masking project. Included are tools such as the Magic Brush which will remove colors while maintaining transparency as well as touch up tools like the Chisel which will help you get the edges of your image perfect without any edge halos at all. Each tool includes a palette where you can quickly and easily adjust the tool settings.
Color-based masking and selections
Mask Pro 4 provides you with two options for masking. For images where you need to mask a transparent item, use the standard Mask Pro mode and you can mask any image using the simple method of choosing colors to keep and colors to drop. Unlike other methods where you make a selection and then hope for the best, Mask Pro provides you with real-time previews, so there is never any doubt as to the quality of your mask.
For the times when you just want to make a selection, you can use the advanced selection tools in Mask Pro Select to give you a high-quality selection and clipping path. The vector-based clipping paths ensure superior print quality and will quickly rip on any imagesetter.
[list][*]NEW! Wacom Tablet support[*]NEW! Integrated video tutorials help you get more done faster[*]Advanced color decontamination technology for masking transparent objects[*]Preview masking results in real-time eliminates guess work[*]Replace backgrounds with ease[*]Comprehensive toolset for masking a wide range of images[/list]
[What's New][list][*]Built-in video tutorials and tips
- Each tool palette now has built-in tips for using the tool as well as built-in video tutorials. This makes it easier for users to find the information that they need when they need it.
[*]Wacom tablet support
- Users will now be able to take advantage of pressure sensitivity with brush tools to easily vary the hardness (sharpness) of the masks edge.
[*]Keep/Drop detail palette
- The Keep/Drop detail palette lets users see the exact colors that are being selected with both eye-droppers and highlighter tools. This makes it easier to see if the user has selected the wrong color on accident; or if the user has the same color in both keep and drop areas. The user can easily delete or move colors from keep to drop or vice versa.
[*]Improved navigator windows
- Users can now have multiple navigator windows open, each showing a different view from the original unmasked imaged, the masked image against a sold color background, the masked images above the new background, black and white mask, even the exclusive clean-up mask view.
[*]Additional tool improvements
- Additional refinements like seeing numerical values in tool palettes, auto-scrolling when the edge of the image is hit, a hot-key to constrain the pen tool to 45 degree angles and enforcing highlighted zones all make Mask Pro more functional for power users and easier to learn for novices.[/list]
[Additional features & enhancements][list][*]NEW Built-in video tutorials and tips for each tool.[*]NEW Support for pressure-sensitive Wacom drawing tablets.[*]NEW Keep/Drop detail palette for precise color selections and control.[*]Improved navigator windows let you see your mask and composite while you work, in realtime.[*]Auto-scrolling when you approach the edge of the screen so you don't have to switch tools or reposition the image manually.[*]Numeric values in tool palettes for consistent feedback.[*]Pen tool can now be constrained to 45 degree angles for easy masking of geometric shapes.[*]Touch-up tools now respect areas defined by Keep/Drop highlighters.[*]Clear Keep or Drop palettes with a simple click.[*]Easily toggle between Keep and Drop eye droppers with a hot-key.[/list]
Vertus Fluid Mask 3
Now professional results are more possible than ever before. Make super fine mask selections using new sampling and selecting tools. Check out the new edge blending algorithms. And the new complex hair blending that automatically gets great results from multi-colored whispy hair. No longer should hair be the cutting-out nightmare it is today.
Faster than ever
Not only is image processing time dramatically reduced but we have concentrated on speeding up workflow. Check out features like saving your workspace settings from one image to the next for runs of studio shots; and our new Patch technology with its intuitive tool-set for working on those difficult problem areas with compression artefact, poor edges and complicated backgrounds.
Easy to pick up and use
Fluid Mask 3 benefits from a simplified interface and masses of on-application help to make picking it up easy and fun. For the professional user there are new features such as selecting areas for local detailed edge finding and blending that make masking challenges simple to overcome.
New Features in V3
Highlight new key features are:
Localized edge detection and blending – for faster workflow
Faster initial image processing – up to 40%
bullet Better edge blending
bullet New look application – full screen / no desktop visible
bullet Localize problem areas for greater workflow enhancement
bullet Great new tools for fine mask selections
bullet Best of breed Help – now there’s an innovative in-application Tool Tips box with links to application based xml help files and tutorials
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