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Within Topaz ReMask there are a variety of brushes to choose from that will assist in correctly masking out an object from its background. If you’re new to the program, then all of these options might be confusing at first. To start, you’ll need to learn how to create a basic tri-map. After you understand how to do that you can move on to using the Dual Color brush, which is specifically used for masking transparent objects.
For somebody unfamiliar to the Zone System, how would you describe it?
The Zone System was a technique developed about 75 years ago that was used to break down the tones in a photograph into 11 different Zones. These Zones Ranged from 0-10, 0 being Pure Black and 10 being Pure White. Before the age of instant playback on LCD displays, this technique helped the photographer imagine what a photograph would look like prior to entering the Darkroom.
If you’re anything like myself, you prefer to not spend a lengthy amount of time recovering an underexposed photo, as you’re limited by time restrictions such as providing photos for a client or uploading them to social media. Because let’s face it…you probably have dozens of images to edit from your most recent vacation, photo shoot or other current event (hopefully not all underexposed, but hey…it’s better to have an underexposed photo than an overexposed one!).
Often an image will not appear noisy until you zoom in where the noise becomes much more noticeable. You might find that the shadows and darker areas contain heavier noise than the mid-tones and highlights; when the shadows are brightened the noise becomes even worse. The good news is that with Topaz DeNoise it is possible to reduce shadow noise without affecting other tonal areas and softening them up.
Marqués de Riscal winery, Elciego, Image © Nichole Paschal