Mac users, we're pleased to announce Macphun's all-in-one photo editor Luminar is now available for purchase with special launch pricing. (Existing Macphun customers get a further discount.)
We rated Luminar as "Highly Recommended", and you can now visit the Luminar web site to try it for free.
Akvis has released Version 4.5 of SmartMask, an image selection and masking application for Windows and Mac OS X. Available as a standalone program and as a plug-in to a photo editor, the software is especially useful when you need to create photo collages with numerous objects from different images that don’t have clearly defined edges and fade into a background. This latest update fixes bugs, adds separate installation files for 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows, and offers compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC (plug-in edition only). Akvis SmartMask can be downloaded for $90 from the website below.
Akvis Press Release
Extract Objects from a Background with AKVIS SmartMask v.4.5
Complex Selections Made Easy!
August 19, 2013 -- AKVIS announces the release of AKVIS SmartMask v.4.5, an image selection and masking software for Windows and Mac OS X. With this program you can make even a complex selection easily. The new version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC.
AKVIS SmartMask makes a complicated selection of a specific area incredibly simple. The software is useful when need to create photo collages with numerous objects from different images that don’t have clearly defined edges and fade into a background.
The program provides powerful tools for masking objects on photos and removing backgrounds. It works with various selection types, processes equally well soft and sharp edges. With a few mouse clicks SmartMask lets selecting fluff, hair, fur, tree branches, glass, as well as removing unwanted color shades left on the cutout object by the environment.
There are two modes of image processing in the program: Auto mode, which offers a powerful algorithm for automatic recognition of areas, and Manual mode, which includes a set of smart and helpful brushes to touch up the results, where needed.
AKVIS SmartMask considerably increases your productivity that leaves more time for creativity and the realization of your ideas!
The software allows saving a working draft of your project into a special AKVIS file that contains all information including the original state of the image and manually created checkpoints. This is a very helpful feature that is highly appreciated by image processing professionals.
The software is available as a standalone program and as a plugin for photo editors.
Version 4.5 offers compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC for the plugin. The installation file for Windows has been changed. Now two different files are available - for Windows 32 bit and 64 bit. Some minor bugs and interface glitches have been fixed in both Mac and PC versions.
For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use of AKVIS SmartMask v.4.5.
The software runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.8, both 32 bit and 64 bit.
The product sells for $90, downloadable from http://akvis.com. The functionality of the program depends on the license type. During the trial period you can try all options and choose the license you like. Consult the comparison table for more details about license types and versions of SmartMask.
AKVIS is a team of creative IT professionals developing the most comprehensive and user-friendly image processing and photo restoration tools and solutions. For more information visit http://akvis.com