Another month, another killer Topaz sale. This time around, it’s ReMask. On sale for half off through the end of the month, they’re also going to be offering a free, “substantial” update for existing customers, so if you’re a ReMask user, get on it! I’d reviewed Re-Mask a while ago, and I have been using it religiously since. You can find Re-Mask HERE via the Topaz website for 50% off!!! ($35, normally $70) Use code “julyremask” to get the discount. If you’d like to hear more about my thoughts and see a quick example/tutorial on how to get started with it, come on in…
If you’ve spent any time in Photoshop trying to mask out a subject from a background, no matter how seamless and continuous that background may be, you’ll know how time consuming it is. For me an “easy” mask will still take 10+ minutes, which all said and done isn’t a huge amount of time. Enter Topaz ReMask… I can normally turn that 10+ minute simple masking chore into one that takes maybe 1 or 2 minutes, tops. For the more challenging masking jobs, those that can take up to multiple hours in Photoshop, you can greatly reduce working time to a few minutes, or at worst a mere fraction of the time as well. Sure, there are situations where you will need to pay a bit more attention to fine detail, but you can use Re-Mask to do the heavy lifting, and few Photoshop plugins that I’ve ever used (I have used, and currently use quite a few) come close to offering a more useful time saving tool as Re-Mask does. It’s kinda nuts. Click on any of the following images to see a larger version.
Basically, it works like so:
1. Open your image in Re-Mask, which will look something like this:
2. Anything green will be kept, anything red will be masked out, and blue is the area that will determine the mask’s edge. To start, paint with a blue brush around your subject or subjects (basically, around anything you want to keep). For fine detail, like hair, you can pretty clumsily paint over the whole of the area, like so:
3. Next, grab the red paint can on the bottom of the tools panel, and click on any of the green areas in the image (background, etc) that you want to mask out keeping in mind that you’ll need an area closed off by blue, (otherwise it will fill into any connected area) like so:
4. Finally, click on the “Compute Mask” button on the lower left and adjust the edges via the sliders below:
After that, you can drag that newly masked layer anywhere, or open various other images as layers, and just place them below your masked, ReMask layer and Viola!
I chose this image because of the hair, which to be honest, can be an absolute nightmare to select and mask for in Photoshop. There are very intricate methods, some that work very well, but none are as quick and easy as ReMask is, or at least any that I’ve tried and found to be as effective. This image took me no more than 2 minutes to paint her outline, hair included, and get it returned to Photoshop as the masked layer you see below. I will admit that I could have done a better job, and if I were doing this as a paid project, I would more finely look to paint the mask, and adjust the sliders, but to show what is possible with very little effort, I feel it gives a good example of just how powerful, and easy this plugin is.
…can quickly become something like this:
Proof is in the pudding. Try it out for free (find and download the free trial here), and if you like it, get it for half off through the end of the month using the code “julyremask”. Have fun taking a subject and plugging them into various scenes. Use this to quickly and easily replicate the look for product shots on a pre shot background, or replacing the background for head shots, or family shots where one or more people are missing, etc, etc.
Re-Mask requires a “compatible host program” (PS, PS-CC, PS-Elements, Aperture, LightRoom, iPhoto, PhotoFXLab, Corel Paintshop Pro/Photoimpact, Serif Photo Plus or Irfanview) in OS 10.6+ or Windows 7+ with a recommended 4+ GB RAM.
You can find the deal for Topaz Re-Mask 50% off ($35, normally $70) HERE – Use code “julyremask” through July 31st, and watch your post processing time in Photoshop, or whichever program you use melt away.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Topaz stuff. They offer very useful and unique tools for very reasonable prices. If interested, you can have a look at what they offer via their website, see info and download free trials HERE.
You can see more of my reviews on various Topaz plugins via the Reviews page HERE if you’re interested. And I normally review whatever they happen to be promoting, which normally runs monthly, so feel free to sign up to receive my articles as they’re posted by entering your email at the top right of the page, or find me on Facebook or Twitter.
Thanks for the read and as always, happy shooting!
If you have any specific questions, please feel free to fire them off in the comments.