Digital Film Tools Releases Power Mask 1.0 for Adobe Photoshop

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Digital Film Tools ( announces the release of Power Mask version 1.0, the first real time, interactive masking tool. Masking is the process of extracting or isolating an object in a picture. As you simply paint along the edge of the object to be extracted, either the mask or the final composite can be revealed instantly. Power Mask extracts almost any object in an image--even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. This extraction process creates what is known as a mask--essentially a black and white cutout. White mask areas are extracted, black areas not, and gray areas in between represent a level of transparency. Once a mask is extracted, the foreground object can be seamlessly composed onto a new background in Adobe Photoshop as well as apply filter and image corrections only within the area defined by the mask.

To work this magic, Power Mask updates the mask or composite in real time while you roughly paint a stroke along the boundary of the foreground object. Results show that compared with previous approaches, our method is more efficient and requires minimal effort to extract high quality masks for foregrounds with significant semi-transparent regions. In addition, the foreground edge colors are estimated in the semi-transparent areas to create a seamless composite. Real time, interactive masking is now a reality with Power Mask.

Power Mask is based on unpublished research and technology by Jue Wang from the University of Washington and is exclusively licensed by Digital Film Tools. Digital Film Tools is an offshoot of a Los Angeles based full-service visual effects facility specializing in feature film and television special effects. Power Mask 1.0 is available for download or purchase at: for $150.


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