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Whats the best plugin for masking in PS?

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Old 10-23-2010, 04:43 PM
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Whats the best plugin for masking in PS?

I heard about Topaz Remask, Ez Mask, Power Mask... Do you use plugins like this?
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:29 PM
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Re: Whats the best plugin for masking in PS?

I've got all of these and more; see screenshots and examples here (under "Selections/Masking").

Masking is never a lot of fun. The "best" one will depend on your personal preference and the subject matter you are trying to isolate. Demos should be available for most if not all of these third-party options, so you can try them out and choose your favorite.
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:17 AM
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Re: Whats the best plugin for masking in PS?

I am happy with Mask Pro 4
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:22 AM
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Re: Whats the best plugin for masking in PS?

I find that the proper use of the new Refine Edge capabilities in CS5 does as good or better a job than Mask Pro and Topaz ReMask.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:45 AM
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Re: Whats the best plugin for masking in PS?

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I find that the proper use of the new Refine Edge capabilities in CS5 does as good or better a job than Mask Pro and Topaz ReMask.
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I am still on CS3 so I did not try it yet. Do you think this is better than brush which you can use manually?
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:11 AM
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Re: Whats the best plugin for masking in PS?

Refine Edge in CS5 allows you to establish a transition zone and paint with a brush to include or delete areas on either side - just like MaskPro and ReMask. The brush is one of the tools inside the Refine Edge dialog box.
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:20 AM
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Refine Edge in CS5 allows you to establish a transition zone and paint with a brush to include or delete areas on either side - just like MaskPro and ReMask. The brush is one of the tools inside the Refine Edge dialog box.
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Thanx for your info, Murray
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:19 AM
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Re: Whats the best plugin for masking in PS?

I dont have PS CS5 yet, but I have to get it. I tried (very quickly) Fluid Mask, Mask Pro and ReMask so far. ReMask is very easy to work with (very intuitive), but I think Mask Pro gives me a better control.
Oh, I just saw the new PS CS5 refine edge command in action on YouTube and it looks amazing, but all masking examples I found was done against a seamless monochromatic backgrounds (white, grey, black). I didnt saw any example of masking with more complicated colorful backgrounds.

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Old 10-26-2010, 10:01 AM
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I didnt saw any example of masking with more complicated colorful backgrounds.
Santoro, the video called Advanced Masking With Photoshop CS5 will show you Refine Edge on a very complicated background. Here is a link:
http://tv.adobe.com/show/the-russell-brown-show/
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Re: Whats the best plugin for masking in PS?

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Santoro, the video called Advanced Masking With Photoshop CS5 will show you Refine Edge on a very complicated background. Here is a link:
http://tv.adobe.com/show/the-russell-brown-show/
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I watched this video and I must say that I still prefer Mask Pro 4. The Brush tool offers you more options to set up and Mask Pro allows you to mask transparent objects like a drop of water with a color inside and apply it to a new background with different color. I prefer precise manual work
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