Much has been said about Topaz ReMask, but now there’s one more thing to talk about: ReMask is about to become faster, easier, and prettier right in front of your eyes. We’ve been working Topaz ReMask v2, which includes a user interface for easier and more intuitive use – and even enhances the already high masking speed and mask quality of the original.
Just to give you an little sneak peek of what it will eventually look like, here’s a shot of the current alpha user interface:
(note that this may undergo significant changes by the actual release of ReMask 2)
The overall workflow will be like this:
- Paint the KEEP (green), CUT (red), and PROCESS (blue) areas with a combination of fill tools and brush tools.
- Hit the process button. The mask immediately updates right there in the user interface.
- Refine the mask if you wish by specifying more parts of the image to keep or remove. Refinement much easier because you can see exactly what you’re doing right there on the screen.
Extremely simple, highly intuitive, and still blazing fast – just the way masking should be. Here are a couple of other cool features in the new version:
- Vastly improved and specialized hair masking algorithms.
- Saves result to a layer mask in Photoshop if you have one enabled on the layer, or just cuts image out of its background if you don’t.
- Four views that show all aspects of your mask at all times for the utmost control over your final result.
- Undo/Redo functionality and full keyboard shortcut support.
- Highly improved memory management – uses own memory instead of sharing Photoshop’s memory. This makes it a little faster and a lot stabler than original ReMask.
Personally, when I tried using the new version of ReMask for the first time, I was actually extremely surprised by how easy it was to use. Astronomical props go to our developers for releasing a completely redesigned and reworked product in such little time. This is not a little minor update, this is practically an entirely new product – looks like it, feels like it, and works like it. I usually don’t like to gush catchphrases but I was sincerely blown away by the difference between the new and old ReMask – it’s simply amazing. PSP and Elements will also be supported by ReMask 2 in addition to Photoshop.
Despite all these improvements, we really appreciate our early adopters and would therefore like to offer ReMask v2 when it’s released as a completely free upgrade for existing customers of ReMask v1. Your support and feedback is what makes the constant improvement of our products possible.
Thanks again! ReMask 2 is scheduled for a mid-November release, so you don’t have too long to wait.