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Akvis SmartMask

Type of Program: Selection tool
Supported Platforms: Windows 2Kx/XP/Vista; Mac OS X 10.3.9-10.5
Company Name: Akvis
Version: 2.5
Price: Home USD 120 Business USD 240

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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 Here

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie


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