eaglecollageThe task of removing a tree from its background can be intimidating at first glance. However, with Topaz ReMask, this is easy to accomplish with the following steps:

1. Open your image in a compatible host application such as Photoshop or PhotoFXlab (Remask does not work with Lightroom, Aperture or iPhoto, as it needs a program that supports layers).

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 9.44.43 AM2. Open Topaz ReMask. A new layer should automatically be created for you if using Photoshop or PSE (to enable this, inside of ReMask go to  Menu -> Preferences -> Enable Auto-Create-Layer)

3. In the left hand panel of ReMask there is an option called ‘Reset’. Click on the blue reset option so that your image is filled with blue.

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 9.47.23 AM4. Next, in the Brushes panel under ‘Basic’ select the red paint brush. Brush the red over what you want to mask out, leaving a frame around the tree’s edges.

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.10.33 AM5. Under ‘Single Color Selection’ click on the red brush. When you move your cursor over to the image you will see an eye droplet. Select a color in the background and then mask out the rest of the background.  Adjust the ‘Color Range’ and brush size as desired.

The Color Range slider allows you to determine the spectrum of shades affected within the image based on the main color selection. 

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.16.02 AM6. Do the same with the green single color selection tool to make a selection of the tree. Note that this does not need to be exact, so do not spend a ton of time trying to be precise.

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.17.08 AM7. Press ‘Compute Mask’

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.18.04 AM8. Make any adjustments to your mask as desired. The high quality foreground recovery slider is often useful with trees as it helps to eliminate any color bleeding and ghosting that may be happening with the delicate and small branches.

Tip: as many as four different views can be displayed at a time by clicking on the split-preview in the upper right corner.

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.19.09 AM9. Press OK to bring the image back into your host program. You will then see that the mask has been brought onto the new layer that was created. Turn off the ‘eyeball’ on the layers underneath the masked image to see the masked layer on a transparent background.

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.21.32 AM10. Open up a new background image. Press ctrl/cmd + A to select it and then ctrl/cmd + C to copy the background.

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 11.33.15 AM11. Go to your masked image and press ctrl/cmd + V to paste it and then drag the layer underneath the masked layer. Make any other adjustments as desired.

Tip: use the Burn tool to darken light edges that stand out. This was particularly useful on this image around the dark mountain range, since the eagle and tree were extracted from a lighter background.

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 11.42.30 AMFinal image:

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 11.21.06 AMThe creative possibilities are endless with ReMask! For the month of October Topaz is offering Topaz ReMask for 50% off. Apply the code ‘octremask‘ in your cart to receive the discount (this is not an upgrade, it is a sale on our current product).

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