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
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 as a beta from its 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. Information about pricing and upgrades
are available on Vertuss Web site. Fluid Mask for Mac will
be launched around the end of April 2006.