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Full version of Vertus Fluid Mask 2.0 now available - Previously available as a beta version, Vertus Fluid mask is a powerful tool for extracting objects from images.
In this version, for the first time in a commercial imaging application, an image is automatically converted into smooth clean objects. During the masking process these objects are selected and grouped altering forever our perception of the core image manipulation task of masking and extraction.
Vertus, the leader in image cut-out technology, today announced the release of Fluid Mask 2.0 for Windows, a major upgrade to its Adobe Photoshop plug-in. Fluid Mask 2.0 boasts a set of new features designed to improve usability and results. A key feature is the new Edge Overlay that shows for the first time clean object edges within an image before masking commences. Suddenly maskings become a whole lot easier its now possible using Fluid Mask 2.0 to select, group and mask objects in images to make great cut-outs.
Vertus also coincides the launch of Fluid Mask 2.0 with the announcement of a price reduction to 149 from 179 following overwhelming interest from non-corporate customers as well as professional users.
Fluid Mask 2.0 delivers a revolutionary new-look masking interface and process, designed to help users meet cut-out challenges.
The feature and process changes in Fluid Mask 2.0 clearly demonstrate the breakthrough nature of Vertus new segmentation algorithms for the first time they show objects in real world images with accurate and smooth edges which are largely free of the distorting effects of image compression and other artefacts present in many images.
Masking is now simply a process of selecting objects displayed in the Edge Overlay view similar to colouring by numbers. Using Fluid Mask is simpler to perform and easier to grasp than ever before, resulting in more confident masking and better cut-outs.
The new Edge Detection Options panel transforms the process of managing mask application. Its an intuitive and user friendly interface, replacing the original Image Information Layer. Adjustments are made using simple and easy to understand controls, producing new object boundaries displayed in the
Edge Overlay view.
Fluid Mask 2.0 now supports 16 bit as well as 8 bit colour for RGB and CMYK images.
The Global brush has an added strength slider to permit fine adjustments to its sensitivity. Its now capable of identifying not just similar colours throughout the image, but also similar textures, giving it greater discrimination power and producing more accurate selections.
The Local brush strength adjustment has improved. There is now a slider to discriminate and group selection of objects of similar colour in areas of complexity and fine detail, making selections of hair and other fine detail more controllable and accurate.
Fluid Mask 2.0 is based on breakthrough segmentation technology inspired by the way the eye, optic nerve and brain perform visual processing. When an image is loaded, Fluid Masks segmentation engine analyses the distribution of colours, finding the natural groups within the image. Together with information calculated about edges, gradients and textures, a model is constructed which divides the images into objects.
It is now also possible to see Fluid Mask 2.0 in action. Vertus now broadcasts a live Web-Cast demonstrating fluid mask most days showcasing the features and core functionality of Fluid Mask 2.0.
Fluid Mask 2.0 for Windows will be available on the website and purchasers will be entitled to 6 months free upgrades. All registered users of the first version of Fluid Mask will receive a free upgrade to version 2.0 for both Windows and Mac platforms. Upgrades are available directly from Vertus. Fluid Mask for Mac will be launched around the end of April 2006.