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.