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Topaz ReMask2 Video Tutorial

by on Dec.06, 2009, under Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements, Schedule, Webcast, Workshops

Monday Morning Tip – 12/07/09

If you’ve ever tried to cut a person or pet out of a photo and found it to be an exercise in frustration, you need to watch today’s Video MMT. Topaz Labs has released ReMask2 and it is an order of magnitude improved over the first version. Here’s a quick example of what ReMask2 can do for you.

The initial pass took about 3 minutes and I spent another 3 minutes cleaning up the edges. It’s still not perfect but much, much better and faster than previous manual methods.

It took me about 4 hours to figure out the original ReMask but only about 15 minutes to understand ReMask2. The best way to learn this is to play with it. Don’t start with something too complex. Learn the basics first and get it perfect with a simple photo before you try to cut out Richard Simmons’ hair.

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Topaz currently has a smokin’ deal for ReMask2. Enter the discount code “magicbrush” for $30 off the regular price of US$69.99. This is only good until 12/10 so you’d better jump on it if you’re interested. If you miss this deal, you can always use the code “digitalphotoguy” for a 15% discount which is still better than a stick in the eye.

For the next Monday Morning Tip, I have a cool trick for replacing really tough to mask fly-away hair. Instead of trying to mask all the little wisps of hairs, I’ll show you how you can just replace it and be done with it. Amazingly enough, the results are very natural looking.

Wild Animal Park Photoshoot – Saturday, Dec 12

The WAP Photoshoot Workshop for this weekend has been rescheduled to next weekend, Saturday, Dec 12. If you want to learn in a “hands-on” workshop, click here for details.

The workshop focuses on 3 aspects of good photography: Nailing the Exposure, Sharp Focusing Techniques and Impactful Compositions. After the photoshoot, we meet in my RV to demonstrate photo editing techniques. Best of all, the class never ends. You have e-mail access to me for any questions you have as long as you own that specific camera. I have students from 5 years ago who still send me photos for critique or ask questions about techniques.

Rob Sheppard Webinar Now Available for Mac

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Volunteers Needed

I need some volunteers to test a new webinar service. Specifically, I need you to sit in on a free 30 minute webinar to help me evaluate the features of this new system. Ideally, I’d like to have 20 to 30 volunteers. A date and time hasn’t been set but it will probably be early next year. If I have enough volunteers, I’ll schedule two sessions, one on a weekday evening around 7pm and a second on Saturday morning around 9AM. The topic will be Photoshop Elements Tips.

Please e-mail me if you’re interested and I’ll put you on a mailing list.

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3 Comments for this entry

  • Lee

    Hi Dick,
    Glad you enjoyed the video. Yes and no, there are several tools in PSE that produce simliar results but none are quite as simple as ReMask2. Also, keep in mind the Porsche is a fairly simple object to mask. If you try something like the little girl’s hair in the first photos you’ll be pulling out your own hair.

    For simple masks, try the Quick Selection Tool (keyboard shortcut ‘A’). Here’s a tutorial on the Adobe site covering selection tools in general.

    Check back next week for a way to use ReMask with some cool brushes to mask frizzy and/or fly-away hair.

  • Dick

    Lee, that MMT on ReMask2 was great! Is there a tool in PSE that does something similar? Thanks, Dick

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