Fluid Mask is a highly advanced software tool designed to make life easier for everyone who creates cut outs. Built as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop, Fluid Mask is the new next-generation cut-out tool.
Behind the product is breakthrough technology that mimics the way the eye, optic-nerve and brain perform visual processing. It offers an intuitive, accurate and fast approach to cut outs.
A key feature is the new Edge Overlay showing object edges within an image. Suddenly masking become a whole lot easier – it’s now possible to select, group and mask objects in images to make great cut outs.
Masking is the process of selecting and then erasing parts of an image. Typically, you select the parts of the image you want to keep and then erase the areas you want to delete.
You can then blend this cut-out seamlessly onto a second image – for example, placing a new sky or background image behind a tree, or placing a picture of a golfer about to take a shot onto a desert so it looks like they are in the world’s largest bunker!
To mask an image in most image editors, you use a selection tool to isolate the part of the image you want to keep, and erase the rest. This might seem like an easy task, but in fact, it is time consuming and difficult to get a good result.
Images with complex backgrounds are very difficult to cut out well and you are often left with bits of background color that can create an unrealistic or exaggerated halo effect around the edge.
Fluid Mask uses breakthrough technology that mimics the way your eyes, optic nerves and brain process visual information to analyze your image for changes in texture and color, detecting even subtle edges, to divide the image into areas or ‘objects’ containing similar visual properties.
You can then use the tools provided to quickly paint and fill these segments in a process as simple as painting by numbers.
You can now obtain professional results easier 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.
OS X 10.4.11 or later