Topaz Mask AI is an intelligent tool that allows you to create a mask quickly and accurately by using the power of AI technology. Compared to Photoshop, Mask AI doesn’t need tedious brushwork to get a high-quality mask. And there’s no need to learn complicated icons and tools. With Mask AI you only need to roughly outline your subject in blue, one-click fills what you want to cut, one-click fills what you want to keep, and press “Compute Mask”.
What should I use it for?
You should use Mask AI anytime you need a mask in your workflow, especially challenging and detailed masks. It can be a pain to make a good cut-out in Photoshop, and it can take up an entire day’s work. Mask AI’s intuitive color-coded system reduces it to 4 simple steps: keep, cut, compute, and replace.
“I have been using Topaz masking programs exclusively for many years. Mask AI is their latest and best masking program that allows users to explore infinite artistic possibilities.” – Gary Lamott
|Operating System||Windows: Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit only)
Mac: macOS version 10.12 (Sierra) and above
|Windows: Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit only)
Mac: macOS version 10.12 (Sierra) and above
|Processor||Intel: Intel i5 or equivalent (3.0 GHz and above)
AMD: Ryzen 5 or equivalent (3.0 GHz and above)
|Intel: Intel i7 or greater (4 GHz and above)
AMD: Ryzen 7 or greater (4 GHz and above)
|GPU/Graphics Card||Nvidia: 2 GB of dedicated VRAM (GT 740 or greater)
AMD: 2 GB of dedicated VRAM (Radeon 5870 or greater)
|Nvidia: 4 GB of dedicated VRAM (GTX 970 or greater)
AMD: 4 GB of dedicated VRAM (Radeon RX 460 or greater)
|Memory||8 GB of RAM||16 GB of RAM|
|Display||A monitor that outputs at a resolution of at least 1024 x 768 is recommended|
|Software Name||Topaz Mask AI Software For Windows V 126.96.36.199|
|File Size||1.9 GB|
|Languages||English, Czech, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese|
|License||Free Trial For 30 Days|
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Key Features of Mask AI
- Mask AI incorporates machine learning for a more accurate mask with less refining required!
- Comes in handy if you want to add more sharpness to a rocky landscape, or perhaps soften the edges for a portrait.
- Shifts the mask edge in either direction.
- Revives the color of your foreground in weaker or more transparent areas. This can be a great tool for fur, whiskers, or wispy hair.
- Desaturates the edges of your mask to help with color contamination and bleeding.
- Better hair extraction technology
- Refining Toolset for fine-tuning masks and foreground color
- Ability to handle certain types of transparent objects
- Color selection brushes for complex objects such as trees and veils
- Ability to save and load tri-map and masks
- Auto-create layer and auto-create mask options
- 2-screen or 4-screen viewing for mask accuracy
The left panel (see image below) has 7 tools and we’ll list them all below and what their function is.
- Subject: This is one of the new features for Mask AI. It will auto-detect a subject in your image and apply the mask automatically based on its estimation. If you have a subject in your image that needs to be masked then this is a great starting point. You may have to fine-tune the mask with the Brush Tool.
- Sky: This tool is basically the same as above but will auto-detect a sky. Again, if you looking to do a sky replacement then this is a great starting point.
- Brush Tool: When you click on this tool it will open 3 additional tools (see image below). This is one of the most important tools in the software.
- Mask Brush Tool [shortcut Q]: Blue Button. If you don’t use one of the auto-detect tools mentioned above then this is the tool to select to outline your subject that you want to keep. You would then use the Fill Tool to select areas that you want to Keep and Cut. You would then click on the Compute Mask button on the right side of the interface.
- Keep Brush Tool [shortcut W]: Green Button. After you have used the Mask Brush Tool and Compute Mask you may want to select this tool to add areas that you want to keep that the software has not detected.
- Cut Brush Tool [shortcut E]: Red Button. After you have used the Mask Brush Tool and Compute Mask you may want to select this tool to remove areas that you want to cut that the software has not detected.
- Brush Size: As the name implies, this button allows you to change the size of your brush. Alternatively, just use your keyboard square brackets ( [ & ] ) to change the size.
- Fill Tool: This is another important tool if you are not using auto-detect tools. When you click on this tool it will open 3 additional tools. Once you have made the selection with your Mask Brush Tool then it is just a matter of filling the area using this tool. Areas that you want to keep use the Green Bucket and areas you want to cut with the Red Bucket. Lastly, click on the Compute Mask button on the right side of the interface.
- Colour Range Tool: The image masking servicing software is a very handy tool for making masks based on a color range. When you click on this tool it will open 2 additional tools. The Green Eyedropper allows you to select a color that you want to keep in the mask and the Red Eyedropper allows you to select a color that you want to cut from the mask. When you click on either of the eyedropper tools it will give you options to use the Pick Color to Brush. Once you have made your eyedropper selection you can also adjust the Matched Colour Range slider to give you more accuracy. Just paint over the areas you either want to keep or discard. If there are multiple colors in areas you want to keep or discard simply keep selecting the appropriate eyedropper, make a new selection and paint over the new area.
- Pan Tool: The pan tool allows you to move the image around the working area, however, this is greyed out if the Fit tool at the top of the interface is selected. If you click on the 100% tool next to the Fit tool and your image is larger than the working area then the Pan tool will become available to move the image around.
There are not many tools on the top bar of the interface (see above). The first 3 from left to right are view options once you have created a mask. These are greyed out until you create a mask. The next 2 are the Fit and 100% tools which we have mentioned already in the Pan Tool. The next tool is the zoom slider which allows you to magnify the image. There is also a tool just under the zoom tool that allows you to toggle the Trimap view on and off. When masking you will want this turned ON. Other than that there is the Reset, Undo and Redo tools which are self-explanatory.
The toolbar on the right side of the interface (see image below) is your main editing tools once you have created the mask using the masking tools on the left of the interface.
- Image Preview Window: A feature of most editing software apps. If your image is large you will get a box displayed in this window which you can move around to get to different parts of the image.
- Refine Tab: All the sliders below are tools that will help you refine your mask. The Edge Shift is a particularly useful tool to shrink the selection if it has not been accurate enough on the edges of your mask
- Edge Hardness
- Foreground Recovery
- Edge Strength
- Edge Shift
- Background Tab: When your initial mask is created it has a transparent/translucent background. We find this useful as it can be used on any background color in the future. These are usually saved as a PNG file. If you want to keep your background transparent then you won’t need to access this tab.
- None: Retains default transparent background
- Blur: Allows you to blur/de-focus the background
- Color: Allows you to add any color to the background. If it is for one use only and you know the background color HEX then this is a good option.
- Image: Allows you to add an image to the background
- Mask Mode
- AI: the default masking tool for general purpose masking
- Translucent: This is a special AI mode for fabrics and semi-transparent (non-reflective) materials e.g. a brides veil
- Contrast: Uses image contrast detection
- Auto-update Mask Toggle: if checked it will let the software update the changes each time you adjust a setting or, as we prefer, if unchecked you can update the change by clicking the Update Mask button.
- Update Mask: See above
- Save: This will open a Save As box with options (see image above). Save as PNG to keep a transparent background. Select JPG if you have added color or an image to the background
Topaz Mask AI is a powerful tool, and if you are replacing backgrounds with complex objects or people in the foreground, it’s worth a close look. So download and try it to save your time.