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Both Canon & Nikon gear up a massive support operation at major sporting events.. now you can see just how big, for Photographers at the Rio Olympics, in this video from Canon’s Instagram feed.

Over 950 DSLR bodies and 1,500 lenses in their Canon Professional Services storeroom, ready for action as loan kit. From the stories surfacing about crime at this years Olympics already, we hope they’ve got a good lock on the door!


#CanonCPS keeps professional sports #photographers ready for action. #news

A video posted by @canonusa on

Nikon, they’ve shown you theirs, now you show us yours…

Posted on: August 17, 2016 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Uncategorized

Photoshop CC2015.5 and Fluid Mask 3


We have today released a new build of Fluid Mask that adds auto detection of Photoshop CC2015.5, so that Fluid Mask can be used as a plug-in by both Windows and Mac users.

You can download that here .  Please be sure to uninstall / delete your previous version of Fluid Mask before updating!




Adobe this week released a major update to Photoshop CC, version 2015.5. Here’s information on using Fluid Mask 3 as a plug-in.

Mac build:

The Mac version of  Fluid Mask will successfully plug into CC 2015.5 , you just need to go through the ‘enable plug-ins’ process and link manually, via the help menu in Fluid Mask’s menu bar. It’s a simple process, here are full instructions on how to do this.

1. Ensure Fluid Mask and Photoshop are not running

2. Launch Fluid Mask, then go to the ‘Enable Plug-ins’ window via the help menu (if you have retained your previous version of Photoshop CC, that should already be showing in the Enable plug-ins showing as linked with a tick in in it’s box).

3. To add CC 2015.5, Please click the ‘select’ button and then navigate to CC 2015.5’s plug-ins folder, typically found:   Macintosh HD / Applications / Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5 /Plug-ins 

4. Select the ‘Plug-ins’ folder and then click ‘Enable Photoshop Plug-in’

You should now have a tick next to the version of Photoshop you have just successfully plugged Fluid Mask in to. Should you have any problems with this please submit a ticket via our support portal. Our support team will be happy to help with any issues you experience.


Windows build:

The current Windows build of Fluid Mask does not plug into CC 2015.5 – we are working on an updated build and this should be available by the end of the week.

In the meantime, the good news is that there’s a workaround. If you have not already updated to CC 2015.5 and you’d like to continue using Fluid Mask as a photoshop plug-in, you have the option to leave your previous version of Photoshop CC installed on your PC alongside CC 2015.5.

You can set your Creative Cloud app to, by default, retain previous versions of any app’ when installing an update – see Adobes instructions here. Or, if you’d just like to keep the old version of Photoshop, see here before updating to Photoshop 2015.5


Posted on: June 24, 2016 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Fluid Mask, Technical Issues & Troubleshooting, Photoshop

Fluid Mask Training: project file and video tutorial

Here’s a cutout tutorial along you can work along to by downloading a Fluid Mask training project file. After applying a patch to the whole image, you’ll be shown how to easily mask out the sky, without losing any of the fine detail. This utilises the color workspace, one of Fluid Mask’s key tools to help you achieve perfect masks, quickly and easily.

Fluid Mask Training - before/after image

Here’s the original image and the final mask, click for larger image to see the detail

..and here's our image with a new sky added

..and here’s our image with a new sky added.  A definite improvement!

Please download the .vfmp file here, and view the accompanying tutorial on YouTube.

The project (.vfmp) file will download automatically after accepting license conditions, and can then be opened in Fluid Mask, either by launching Fluid Mask, then in the menu bar going to ‘File’ -> ‘load project’ and selecting the downloaded file (FM3_Training_1.vfmp).
Or you can just double click the project file which will launch Fluid Mask and load the project.
Upon first opening, the project shows you how your completed mask will look. You can clear this and apply the mask again, working along to the cutout tutorial, by going to File -> ‘Revert Mask’. Remember when adding to your blend selection, that you must extend your blend by brushing all the way into your keep and your delete selections.. it’s leaving a selection out, however small, that confuses Fluid Mask and results in contamination.

As always, we welcome any feedback.


Posted on: April 28, 2016 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Trees & Lattices, Fluid Mask, How to..., Tutorial

Photoshop CC2015 Update – New Features and How To Plug Into Fluid Mask

Adobe this week announced a Photoshop CC 2015 update, which adds functionality and improvements to various tools. For those who do a lot of retouching and masking, improve mets to the healing brush (a diffusion slider) will be a welcome addition.

A lot of the changes have been  ‘to address several workflow issues’. A full list of these can be found over on the Adobe blog, and it’s a fairly long list!

While at first glance, additonal functionality is alway welcome, the flipside of this is ‘busier’ tool displays. With all this granular functionality, it’s harder and harder to reach some commonly used tool functions, via drop down menus via disclosure triangles, and results in a generally more crowded toolset. So another welcome addition is the ability to customise your toolbar.

Photoshop CC2015- new custom toolbar icon

The new ‘toolbar’ icon with ‘edit’ selected

Click and hold on the ellipses and select ‘Edit Toolbar’ for a simple drag and drop editor that allows you to consign the tools you seldom (or never) use to an ‘Extra Tools’ set, revealed by the disclosure triangle within the ‘Edit toolbar’ icon, you can also save a configuration as  customised toolsets.

Photoshop CC2015.1.2 customise toolbar window


It’s the addition of a ‘Welcome’ screen and flatter user interface design that will be the most obvious changes most users will notice. The welcome screen adds quick drag and drop access to Creative Cloud libraries (no doubt useful for some users, especially if you’re collaborating on projects), recently opened documents and a customisable ‘presets’ option for commonly used empty documents as starting points. Our jury is still out on this ‘welcome’ screen. If you are too, and would prefer not to use or even see this new feature (which does only appear in Application Frame Mode),  it’s easy to disable via ‘Preferences’ -> ‘General’ (shortcut: cmd K), and simply un-tick the checkbox “Show “Start” Workspace When No Documents Are Open” … we’re leaving that off for now!

Photoshop CC2015.1.2 update and Fluid Mask

If you use Fluid Mask as a filter/plug-in to Photoshop, you’ll need to relink it to Photoshop after installing the CC2015.1.2 update. Instructions and troublehsooting are available in detail via our knowledge base, here’s the info’ again for easy reference:

1. Ensure Fluid Mask and Photoshop are not running

2. Then please delete any sub-folder called ‘Vertus’ from the ‘plug-ins’ folder for whichever version(s) of Photoshop that you wish to plug Fluid Mask into (i.e CC2015), as well as any alias present named ‘Fluid Mask 3.plugin’

These folders/aliases can be found in the following locations:

Windows (typically, dependent on your configuration)

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\Plug-Ins


[your applications directory]\\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\Plug-Ins\Filters


Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Plug-ins / Vertus    <- delete this folder

Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 /Plug-ins / Fluid Mask3.plugin      <- delete this plugin

3. Launch Fluid Mask, then go to the ‘Enable Plug-ins’ window via the help menu

Versions of Photoshop you have installed should all be showing in the Photoshop Window, with grey ticks.

4. If so, click Enable Photoshop Plug-in and go to step 6. If not, or a version you wish to plug into is not showing, then click the select button and navigate to it’s Plug-ins folder following the paths as listed above.

5. If the version of Photoshop you wish to plug into is not available to select, as it’s not showing in the Adobe Photoshop pane of ‘Enable Plug-ins’, then you’ll need to link manually:

– Please click the ‘select’ button, then navigate the same path as described above through the chooser window to the ‘plug-ins’ folder within your version of Photoshop (having made sure you’ve already deleted the existing sub-folder named ‘Vertus’). then hit ‘Enable Photoshop Plug-in’ and you should be successfully linked.

6. The click enable, and when prompted, enter your administrator password.

You should now have a green tick next to the version of Photoshop you have just successfully plugged Fluid Mask in to.

Should you require assistance then please contact us by submitting a ticket via oour support pages, for further help from our support team.

Posted on: January 25, 2016 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Announcements, Fluid Mask, Photoshop, Digital Imaging News

Fluid Mask 3.3.14 released – adds CC2015 compatibility for Windows users and more

Now available for all Fluid Mask users is version 3.3.14.  The major changes are to the Windows build, adding Photoshop CC2015 and Serif Photoplus X8 compatibility. Below is a full list of changes and additions made. If you wish to update, and it’s recommended that all users do so, you can download the new version by launching Fluid Mask and going to ‘check for updates’ via ‘help’ in Fluid Mask’s menu bar.

Fluid Mask 3.3.14 Change Log


– Added Photoshop CC2015 plugin compatibility.

– Added Serif Photoplus X8 compatibility.

– Fixed bug where for some users, Fluid Mask crashed instantly upon launch.

– Extended free trial period from 15 days to 30.


– Added Apple Developer code signing certificate.  

– Extended free trial period from 15 days to 30.


Posted on: September 28, 2015 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Announcements, Fluid Mask, Technical Issues & Troubleshooting, Photoshop

Vertus applications & Windows 10

Windows 10 WallpaperAll our testing shows Vertus applications running as normal in Windows 10, however if you should encounter any problems after upgrading your Windows operating system, please let us know with an email to support@vertustech.com.

If you’re interested, check out this youtube video to see how the image above was created and photographed in a studio, rather than CGI. Good to see Microsoft investing in real photography!

Posted on: August 1, 2015 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Fluid Mask, Technical Issues & Troubleshooting, Bling! It, Play With Pictures

Adobe Shortcuts and Key Commands sheets

Photoshop Shortcuts SheetWe spotted this over on Petapixel and thought too useful not to repost – the folks over at setupablogtoday.com have created a handy Photoshop CC Shortcuts sheet. They’ve also created them for Lightroom, Bridge and most other Adobe applications (see ‘related posts’ on their site).

Don’t forget there’s also a Fluid Mask 3 Shortcuts and Key Commands sheet you can download from our blog.

Whatever application you’re using, familiarising yourself with it’s shortcuts and key commands is the quickest, simplest and easiest way to speed up your workflow and work smarter.

Posted on: July 7, 2015 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Photoshop

Fluid Mask and Photoshop CC 2015

**UPDATE** The most recent windows build of Fluid Mask, version 3.3.14, now plugs into Photoshop CC2015. For more info’, see this more recent blog post.



Adobe have this week announced an update of Photoshop from to CC2015.

The Mac version of  Fluid Mask will successfully plug into CC2015 (you just need to go through the ‘enable plug-ins’ process, via the help menu in Fluid Mask’s menu bar). Should you have any problems with this please contact our support team who’ll be happy to help with any issues you experience.

The current Windows build of Fluid Mask does plug into CC 2015 – we are working on an updated build and will notify you as soon as that’s available.

The good news is that there’s a workaround. If you’d like to continue using Fluid Mask as a photoshop plug-in, you have the option to leave CC 2014 installed on your PC alongside CC 2015. If you have not already updated to CC 2015, and wish to keep CC2014 temporarily installed alongside CC2015 to use with Fluid Mask, when you get to this panel during the update process…CC2015_updatepanel

.. leave the ‘Remove old versions’ box unchecked – this will preserve CC 2104 and you can continue to use Fluid Mask as a plug-in.

If you have already updated and CC 2014 is no longer on your machine, there are instructions here on the adobe blog as to how to re-install CC 2014.

Posted on: June 18, 2015 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Fluid Mask, Technical Issues & Troubleshooting, Photoshop

What’s the big deal??!!?!

Our friends over at FotoPromos.com have put together a summer bundle that looks to be the real big deal – over $4,000 of photography resources for a crazy $99! A massive collection of training videos, presets and actions, plus e-books and tutorials from some of the industry’s best – plus some smart savings on software and cloud synced photo storage products (hot tip: check out Athentech’s ‘Perfectly Clear’ Photoshop and Lightroom plugin.. we reckon this deal is worth it’s purchase price for that alone!).


With 20% of total sales going to charity, everybody wins with this big deal – but you’ve got less than 10 days to grab yourself a bargain! Check it out over at FotoPromos.com.

Posted on: June 15, 2015 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Discounts & Promotions

How Jim LaSala adds value to his photography business with Fluid Mask

We talked to Jim previously in the Vertus blog about how he uses Fluid Mask in the workflow for his fine art photography. This time we’re focussing on the kind of jobs that are a working photographer’s bread and butter. Let’s start with portraiture photography.  Over to Jim;

“…remember the days where we all ran out and bought the latest and greatest backgrounds? Let’s see. There was backgrounds for babies, seniors, engagements, weddings, high key, low key… the list goes on and on. We would spend a fortune just keeping up. So how do we work around that? What are some of the things that we can do to show our creativity. FLUID MASK!!!!!!

Portraiture Photography Cutout - BeforeHere we see a before and after that was shot just using a plain white background. Now, many people will say, well you put it on a background that was easy to mask (we will get to one that was more difficult in a minute). My answer to that is (duh) yeah!!!!! Part of the planning is understand what you want the final image to look like. If I know i’m going to shoot a young model with black hair and a black dress, you better believe I won’t being using a black seamless paper. The idea of masking and montaging is to make your job as easy as possible. Think ahead, pre visualize.”

See how Jim uses Fluid Mask in his commercial portraiture work in his Portrait Backgrounds Video Tutorial.

“My backgrounds are endless. I can go as far as my imagination will take me. “


Portraiture Photography Cutout - After

Here’s another job that Jim’s put Fluid Mask to use on, masking both foreground and background elements from 2 separate images to realise his vision:

20140706_camiolo_miata_006520110905_landscapes_0006“A client who’d just got a new toy (his car), wanted something other than a plain background. So, we went out towards the end of the day and found an empty schoolyard. I used a fisheye lens. Although it is a lens that has so much distortion, I put the subject in the middle of the lens as to lessen this effect. I then went into my background library and was looking for something that would compliment the product as well as tell a story. The camera angle on both subjects works nicely together, and just take note of the transparent areas (windshield), as well as the trees in the second image. The original sky was ok, but I was looking for a bit more drama knowing that I would be turning this image into black and white. So, once again, back into my bag of goodies and pulled out a sky.

20140706_camiolo_miata_0084This was a fun project to work on and would have been very very difficult without having the right tools.”

“The right tool for me is Fluid Mask. Thank you Vertus for a software that has changed the way I do business.”



Thanks to Jim for sharing his work with us, see more at www.jimlasala.com

For a limited period… click here to save 40% and get Fluid Mask for $89

See how far your imagination can take you…

Posted on: April 29, 2015 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Testimonials, Fluid Mask, Discounts & Promotions


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