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Complete Collection of Masking Tools
In any given image, you may need more than one tool to get the job done. That's why Mask Pro 4.1 provides a complete collection of tools that help you take on the toughest masking project. Included are tools such as the Magic Brush which will remove colors while maintaining transparency as well as touch up tools like the Chisel which will help you get the edges of your image perfect without any edge halos at all. Each tool includes a palette where you can quickly and easily adjust the tool settings.
Masking Hair and Transparent Objects
Masking images that contain hair can be tricky and often frustrating. Mask Pro 4.1 works differently by using color instead of edges. This allows it to easily create a mask that preserves the details you want and even removes unwanted ambient color contamination caused by reflections and transparency. Mask Pro 4.1 actually paints away the colors that you do not want in your image, leaving a natural transition between the subject and background.
No Edge Halos
If you have ever spent time creating masks or cutting a subject out of a background you know that the background color is picked up in the edge of the foreground subject as a reflection or halo. This halo effect will prevent your subject from blending with a new background in a realistic looking way. With Mask Pro 4.1's color decontamination technology and touch up tools, you can say goodbye to these halos forever.
Two Photoshop Plug-Ins in One
With Mask Pro 4.1 you get standard Photoshop plug-in as well a Photoshop selection plug-in. For images where you need to mask a transparent item, use the standard Mask Pro 4 .1 mode and you can mask any image using the simple method of choosing colors to keep and colors to drop. Unlike other methods where you make a selection and then hope for the best, Mask Pro 4.1 provides you with real-time previews, so there is never any doubt as to the results.For the times when you just want to make a selection, you can use the advanced selection tools in Mask Pro 4.1 Select to give you a high-quality selection that can be used to create an alpha channel or super-accurate clipping path.
Preview Masking Results in Real-Time Eliminates Guess Work
The problem with other Photoshop plug-in masking tools is that many operate in the "click and pray" mode. You draw a couple of lines or paint the edge of your subject and then click apply and pray that it works right. If things don't work out the way you expected there is not much you can do to fix it other than start over again. It's different with Mask Pro 4.1 as you can see the results in real-time as you work. You can see your image on a new solid color background, against the underlying layer or even view the mask itself.

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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4 stars
(based on 1 review)
 
Wish it had a booklet
By SawaengVerified Purchaser from Tonasket, WA on 10/11/2008
Pros:
Accurate Colors and Controls, Easy To Collaborate Across Programs, Versatile
Cons:
Difficult To Navigate
Best Uses:
Educational Purposes, Hobby enthusiast, Presentations, Professional Quality
Describe Yourself:
Quality Oriented
Primary use:
Personal
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about onOne Software Mask Pro 4.1 Full Version:

I am relatively new to Photoshop CS3 and so using Mask Pro 4 was not as straight forward as I thought. Getting MP4 ready to start requires some basic steps in Photoshop first. To the uninitiated, this was not so obvious when you use the tutorials. The first tutorial should have addressed how to lay the groundwork in Photoshop first before going into the intricacies of MP4. It was only after watching all the other tutorials that I found out how to go about this. And, yes, I think it would have helped if this wonderful program came with an illustrated booklet, rather than the User Guide, to teach one how to proceed from the very beginning to the more advanced stages of MP4.
When I started this Guide by opening Chapter 3, page 6, where it says To mask an image and remove the background, it instructs us to open the image in Photoshop and choose Filter>onOne>Mask Pro 4..., etc. However, this did not open anything in MP4. A warning box appeared telling me I could not use this as a background for MP4, because I had not prepared for the right layer combination in Photoshop first. The same thing applies when you load 2 images into Photoshop and prepare foreground and background setup necessary for MP4 acceptance. As a novice, this rather annoyed me.
Nothing wrong with both programs, it is just that I did not know how to go about it properly. If only I had known how to prepare for it in Photoshop first, I would have liked it better! As it was, I was almost ready to send Mask Pro back for a refund.
I have now acquainted myself with the workings of Mask Pro and am starting to enjoy it more and more. There are situations, however, where foreground and background are so similar in color that even using higher contrasts for color separation make it virtually impossible to do a prper masking. The blurry motion of a hummingbird's wing against a busy, similarly colored background, make it tough indeed.
I am still learning.

Robert Keylard

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