Masking software recommendations please!

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  1. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I am in need of a good masking solution for fine, detail masking (primarily extracting hair from complex backgrounds). I'm not so concerned with price as I am with results. I've tried Topaz Labs Remask 3, and while VERY easy to use, lacks the fine detail capability I need. I also tried Corel's Knock-out 2, however had some difficulty with the application, and research indicated that there are issues when using it with CS4 on Win 7.

    I don't plan on upgrading to CS5 for a while yet, so the enhancements there aren't [yet] and option.

    Looking on-line, the two leading contenders seem to be Veritas Fluid Mask and Perfect Mask 5. They're both similar in price, and both well reviewed, but I don't put a lot of faith in most on-line review 'sites, so... any thoughts, recommendations, especially first-hand experiences?

    Thanks!


     
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    I am not aware of any application that deals with things like hair, trees and so forth in a no muss, no fuss way.

    CS6 will be released soon so upgrading to CS5 doesn't make a lot of sense anyway.
     
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    Get Masking and Compositing by Katrin Eissmann.
    Her techniques are excellent and will work with CS2.
    They aren't automatic but do work well.
     
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    Understood; not sure that I'll be upgrading to CS6, at least not in the immediate future. I understand it's not going to be a one-click solution, but hopefully something that can simplify things a bit.

    I'll have to look into that, thanks!
     

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