COMPANY: Vertus | URL: (See Buy link below) | TYPE: Plug-in | PLATFORM: Mac/Windows | PRICE: $69 (save 53%)
Composite images made with the help of Fluid Mask. See original(s) below each composite
Vertus has created a new generation professional cut-out tool called Fluid Mask 3, more powerful than anything currently available. Fluid Mask is a highly advanced software tool designed to make life easier for everyone who creates cut-outs. Built as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop, Fluid Mask is the first next-generation cut-out tool.

Behind the product is breakthrough technology that mimics the way the eye, optic-nerve and brain perform visual processing. It offers an intuitive, accurate and fast approach to cut outs. In using Fluid Mask you apply selections to a meta-data layer of image information called the Image Information Layer (IIL). This is made up of boundary, texture and colour information pulled from your image.

Fantastic results
Professional super fine mask selections mean complex hair blending is a breeze, delivering fantastic results.

Faster than ever
Image processing time is dramatically reduced, with features such as patch technology, saved workspace settings and more.

Targetted edge detection and blending
Fluid Mask 3 gives you easy to use tools to isolate difficult areas - making the tricky parts, easy!

Visual image segmentation lets you create super-fine mask selections with ease. See exactly how your image is made up of segments of similar properties.

Color based selections
Use the Color Workspace and the Color Sampler to make extremely fine color based mask selections.

Forced edge
If the flexible image segmantation adjustments and resolution controls weren't enough, you can even add in your own edges.

Intelligent edge blending
Fluid Mask 3 understands the width and morphology of an edge. Its intelligent blending gets the closest to extracting the true character of the image.

Localized edge detection
Isolate difficult areas and apply alternative selections with all new edges find options, making the tough bits easier.

Localized blending options
Fluid Mask 3 includes complex blending tools for within a patch, to adjust the localized blending parameters to be different from the larger image. Combine multiple blending techniques on one image.

Advanced Edge Blending takes the hard work out of tricky selections like wispy hair, trees, glass & translucent fabrics.

Patch Specific Technology to target the most complex areas.

Stored Workspace Settings allows you to process complete studio runs with ease.

Onscreen help and guidance
Fluid Mask 3 contains an in place tip window to guide through the use of it's tools. With handy pointers and guidance to help you along. They're also linked to an in-depth user manual with more detailed information.

Stored workspace settings
Tailor the default settings to your needs and better yet - process complete studio runs with ease!

Adjustable workspace resolution
By adjusting the working resolution of the segmentation processing you can create broader and smoother segments, and choose to ignore finer details. Plus, there's no loss of image quality.

Speed – the work is done quickly.

Opportunity – you can work with images that you would have not been able to complete before.

Detail – Fluid Mask preserves the all-important edge information for a professional quality cut out.

Tried and tested

When tested against most other cut-out methodologies, using a selection of images, Fluid Mask proved to be 50% faster when dealing with the same simple images, consisting of sharp edges and contrasting backgrounds

On hard images involving defocused edges/hair but contrasting backgrounds, Fluid Mask was approx 3 times faster. On hard images with easy edges but similar foregrounds and backgrounds Fluid Mask was 4 times faster. On hard images involving hair/defocused edges and similar foregrounds and backgrounds, Fluid Mask was 6 times faster.

The conclusion can only be that across a wide range of use cases Fluid Mask was at least 3 times faster than alternative methodologies.