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Old 09-26-2009, 04:24 PM
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Now this is EXCITING!

The just-released Topaz ReMask plug-in supercharges masking and extraction in Photoshop by applying new extraction technology to this common task. Get lightning-fast masks and painlessly preserve difficult details like hair and fur, all while staying completely in Photoshop.

The new Topaz ReMask offers several distinct advantages over older masking solutions:

- Speed! Topaz ReMask is much faster at extracting even complex subjects than any other method currently available. This is partly because there's only a small amount of required user input, but mostly because its technology is so adept at creating masks automatically.

Just exactly how fast is Topaz ReMask at masking? Take a look:
http://www.topazlabs.com/remask/howfast.php
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Old 09-26-2009, 04:27 PM
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Re: Now this is EXCITING!

http://www.topazlabs.com/remask/howfast.php
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Old 09-26-2009, 05:20 PM
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Re: Now this is EXCITING!

Hi skydog, I received this announcement as well, but am not able to d/l trial. Could you?
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:04 PM
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Re: Now this is EXCITING!

yes..no problem...now trying to figure out how to use it!!
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:42 PM
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Re: Now this is EXCITING!

Shiekies! Me wants!
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:18 PM
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Re: Now this is EXCITING!

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Just exactly how fast is Topaz ReMask at masking? Take a look:
http://www.topazlabs.com/remask/howfast.php
I do not claim to be an expert, however, the example does not say anything to me, without knowing image resolution and computer capabilities speed is irrelevant.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:48 PM
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Re: Now this is EXCITING!

I've tried out the program, and find it virtually instantaneous on my 24" iMac. Setting up the "tri-mask" is the slowest part, being manual. It does require some care, skill, and a bit of guesswork; the User's Guide is sort of sparse in that respect.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:55 PM
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Re: Now this is EXCITING!

I did a bit of quick testing with this...it seems that this works best for the types of examples they showed...fur, hair, small details like that. It does seem to work decently for that, but not so well for anything else. I might consider it.
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:45 PM
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Re: Now this is EXCITING!

The advantage I see is that allows you to work directly on the channel mask from within Photoshop, rather than have you working in a plug-in interface and going back to PS.

Here's my own quick summary of steps, from my own experience with ReMask:

1) Open your image

2) Run the Topaz "Before masking" action to automatically set up and activate the channel mask

3) Set your brush color to 50% gray and outline your subject

4) With only the Topaz ReMask channel with its gray brushstroke outline of your subject visible, use the Magic Wand to select the area outside the selection and fill it with black. Fill the subject (inside the gray selection) with white

5) Click the Topaz "Process" action and wait only a moment while Remask extracts your subject! Now you're ready to slip a new background image on the layer below this new mask

In addition to cat hair and owl feathers in my photos, I thought ReMask did fine with the smooth area of the duck (head and breast).
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