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I received a message from a user named Jeff who attended our Benefits of Masking webinar yesterday. He mentioned that he uses ReMask to mask images of his cat, but that his biggest problem is that it takes him so long to mask.

I don’t think I’ve ever masked a cat before, so I decided to give it a try. It was a fun little challenge for me. I thought’d I’d share my image and also some tips that might help you and Jeff.

Now, I was able to do this in less than 5 minutes. After I created my tri-map, I bumped my Recovery slider up to the max and then used the Magic Brush (just a few clicks and strokes) to clean up around my subject. For most images your will spend the majority of your time either creating the tri-map or refining your computed mask. Your masks don’t have to be perfect, but include as many selections as you can. Personally, I spend more time upfront creating my tri-map. This gives me more accurate results off hand…which means less time spent refining.

Here are three key tips to help you get better results faster:

1. During tri-map creation, limit the amount of blue (compute) selections. You don’t have to be precise, however an abundance of blue may result in longer processing times, a less refined initial mask and more refining at the end. So this means, use a smaller blue brush to outline your subject – you may need to zoom into your image more for this. You should also try to sample as many colors as red or green as possible. The more information you give ReMask to compute the better it will do.

2. If you are working on a complex area like hair and you have made several touch-ups with the red and green magic brush, you can then go back and paint over an area with your blue brush (you’ll probably want to increase your brush size a little). This will refine the area more (by recomputing) based off of the additional red and green Magic Brush selections you made…it’s a faster way to clean up difficult areas. It also helps with cleaning up those light gray areas you see when in mask view…that could transfer back to Photoshop as a light film-like contamination from the cutout background.

3. Make use of the various views and background color change option (located in the Menu -> Preferences). This will help you identify areas of clean up much faster.

Have a masking question? Let me know!

As you may know, August is Mastering Mask’s Month here at Topaz and we have been working all month to provide new webinars, tutorials and educational material (in addition to the User’s Guide) to help smooth the ReMask learning curve for you. I have created a compilation of the various ReMask resources so you can easily see and access them. Whether you’re a Photoshop novice or guru, you will still pick a few things up from the following Topaz ReMask educational resources.

ReMask Documentation

ReMask Quick Start Guide (pdf) – Already know the masking basics? Learn the essentials and jump right into the ReMask workflow.

ReMask Users Guide (pdf) – Get detailed information on all of the tools and features of ReMask.

ReMask Shortcut Keys (pdf) – Learn the shortcut key is ReMask that can help speed up your workflow.

Intro to Masking and ReMask

Masking Explored(Blog Article) – New to Masking? This is the best place to begin! Explore the what and why’s of masking, and learn more about ReMask’s powerfully simple tools that make masking easy.

Masking Made Easy(Webinar Archive) – Join Topaz Expert Greg Rostami as he demonstrates the easy use of ReMask. If you are new to ReMask or searching for an easier and faster masking solution, you don’t want to miss this presentation.

ReMask 3 Overview (video) – Greg gives a intro on how Topaz ReMask works 3 and demonstrates the new tools. He also shows the process for doing a basic mask and also a tree and a veil.

ReMask: The Basics (pdf) – The complete beginner’s guide to using ReMask. If you don’t know how to use layer masks in Photoshop, start here.

ReMask 3 Overview (video) – Greg demonstrates how you can use ReMask to mask hair.

Advanced / Masking Specifics

ReMask: Veil & Transparency Tutorial (pdf) – A tutorial that demonstrates the best ways to mask veils.

ReMask: Tree Masking Tutorial (pdf) – A tutorial that demonstrates the best ways to mask trees.

Blending and Merging (pdf) – A tutorial that helps you beyond the mask. Learn more about the Photoshop tools that you can use to add in a new background and blend your image elements.

Selective Adjustments with ReMask (pdf) – ReMask makes it easy to isolate elements in an image for selective adjustments. This tutorial quickly highlights some of the things that you can do.

Mastering ReMask for Landscape Images (Webinar Archive) – Learn how to quickly and realistically replace that boring sky for a better one using the advanced controls in Topaz ReMask.

Tips and Tricks

Topaz ReMask Workflow Tips (Blog Article) – Ashely explores Eric’s original best practices and adds some new tips to help you improve your masking technique and workflow.

Simple Masks with ReMask & PS Selection Tools (Webinar Archive) – Follow along as Topaz Expert Greg Rostami demonstrates his streamlined and simple way to create masks using Topaz ReMask and the selection tools found in Photoshop.

Non-Destructive Masking/Using Layer Masks (Blog Article) – A tutorial that shows you how to mask your image without actually cutting your image (a non-destructive workflow).

Saving a Mask in Progress (Blog Article) – A tutorial that shows you how to save a mask that is in progress so that you can return to it later.

Speed Up the Masking Workflow (Blog Article) – A tutorial that shows you how to speed up your ReMask workflow.

Create Clipping Paths (Blog Article) – A tutorial that shows you how use ReMask and Photoshop to create clipping paths.

Quick Tips

Selective Adjustments using ReMask (Webinar Archive) – A quick tip webinar that shows you how use ReMask for selective adjustments.

Merging and Blending for a Natural Composition (Webinar Archive) – A “after-the-masking- tutorial that gives you helpful tips on merging and bleniding your masked image with a new background.

Need more? Sign up for one of our upcoming ReMask webinars -OR- ask Ashley.