Type of Program: Selection tool
Supported Platforms: Windows 2Kx/XP/Vista; Mac OS X 10.3.9-10.5
Company Name: Akvis
Price: Home USD 120 Business USD 240
Yet another excellent plugin from the House of Akvis.
SmartMask is an object selection tool that the proverbial granny could use. The
idea is really simple. There are two pencils (red and blue); you draw a line
with the blue pencil inside the object you want to select (for example, yourself
on a group photo), and with the red pencil - some lines outside the object, to
define the areas that should be cut out (other guys on the photo).
The software makes the selection you want - intelligently knowing where the
borders of the object end.
There are three modes for different selection types: Sharp, Soft and Complex.
In the Soft mode a green pencil is added, that helps you to define difficult
parts - fluff, hair, fur etc. If the selected object stands against a background
of a similar color range, or the object's edges are uneven, you can use the
touch-up brush in the Complex mode.
The program even lets you get rid of the color tint left on the cutout object.
In most cases objects on a photo are not evenly lighted, the cutout object can
have shades and colors reflected from the nearby objects. Such color shades can
be absolutely inappropriate on a new background: for example, hair having a blue
cast from the sky or a green shade from the trees, shadows of objects on the
clothes. This mask tool helps to get rid of the unwanted color shades.
SmartMask is a really smart program which will make selection of objects really
easy, try it now!
To check if SmartMask is compatible with your image editor go to
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Reviewed by Simon Baillie