Digital Film Tools (DFT) today released Power Mask 1.0, touted as a real-time interactive masking tool that can extract even the most difficult objects in an image â€“ fine hair detail, smoke or reflections.
The user simply paints along the edge of the object to be extracted and the mask or the final composite can be revealed instantly. White mask areas are extracted, black areas not, and gray areas in between represent a level of transparency.
Once a mask is extracted, the foreground object can be composed onto a new background in Adobe Photoshop. Also, filter and image corrections can be applied within the area defined by the mask.
Power Mask is based on unpublished research and technology by Jue Wang from the University of Washington and is exclusively licensed by Digital Film Tools. It is available for download or purchase at DFT for $150.