LayerCake And Topaz Labs Join Forces To Take The Mystery Out Of Masking

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La Canada, California and Dallas, Texas. August 1, 2012 LayerCake Inc. and Topaz Labs combine their considerable knowledge of masking and cut out photography by introducing Masking Month for the month of August. Topaz Labs will put on a comprehensive series of eight detailed webinars on masking using their highly regarded ReMask application using LayerCake examples of how to use masked elements in natural landscapes and studio green screen applications.

The webinars are intended to demystify the process of masking which is commonly done through a complicated process in Photoshop. Masking has taken the forefront in recent years with the acceptance of “green screening” of people and objects against simple color backgrounds in order to extract them and place them in other situations or against digital backgrounds such as LayerCake creates.

Harry Kerker, President of LayerCake Inc. said “ReMask was a life saver for us in the beginning. We hatched this brilliant idea of picking up grab shots as we worked. A mix of trees, flowers, plants, animals and skies that we could use to fix our pictures, by masking them out then dragging them into our photos – in order to add focus to the subject or to cover imperfections and to add color.

Great idea in theory, but in practice we were pretty bad at masking and neither of us were Photoshop wizards. The Photoshop masking tutorials looked daunting, so we started with the lasso tool, the paintbrush and the eraser, working late nights until our eyes fell out with a lot of messy masks to show for it. Somewhere along the line we picked up an early copy of Topaz ReMask. The mind-bending task of masking became considerably less like brain surgery. We started to mask hundreds of our grab shots and put them in little personal collections for our own use. That was the inception of LayerCake”

Masking allows photographers, photo artists and hobbyists the ability to fix and enhance any exterior photos by replacing blown out skies and adding secondary masked elements such as flowers, plants, trees, birds and animals to enhance color, cover dead spots, focus attention or to add interest by simply dragging and dropping masked elements onto their hero image through Photoshop. For studio applications the process of “Green Screening” easily separates the subject for more accurate masking. Once masked, the subject can now be easily placed in a new environment or against a digital background. alleviating the need for expensive studio space.

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The Topaz series of masking webinars can be signed up for at:

LayerCake and LayerCakeElements is a registered trademark of LayerCake Inc.
For more information contact Harry Kerker at Harry(at)layercake Elements(dot)com
LayerCake, started in 2008 and is the fastest growing masked stock image library in the world.

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