The following read is an interview excerpt between the wonderful team at www.photoshop
What is the story behind Fluid Mask 3?
“We had great reviews and response for Fluid Mask 2. While other masking programs could do certain jobs very well they didn’t have the coverage in depth we had across a range of masking issues – because they were mostly driven by single algorithmic solutions. For instance Corel’s Knockout has a great reputation for smoke and glass – but how often do you mask these? We found we could cover more masking situations than others so in terms of crude percentages we could do more.” [interview in full…]
What’s new in Fluid Mask 3?
“Well we have 3 different kinds of edge transition algorithms or blending besides the simple feather. In fact an updated one will be coming out in the next month or so… and of course current Fluid Mask 3 users will get the upgrade for free. This is so that whatever the image, there is more often than not a blending solution for your problem.
Using Fluid Mask 3 can now more usefully be seen as a process or workflow with a tool kit focussed on that hard to do 10% mentioned above.” [interview in full…]
How does Fluid Mask compare to the new selection features in Photoshop CS3?
“It would be great if the new Quick Select Tool, the new edge feathering features and other features answered all our needs. But they don’t. They’re better but don’t effect really knotty problems like hair masking, complex backgrounds, compression anomalies at edges, lattices, wires etc., etc. and that is what Fluid Mask 3 is designed to tackle.” [interview in full…]
There are some big claims here. Does it do all that, really?
“The answer is yes and no. Yes Fluid Mask does accomplish all the above… but not in all cases. No image editing tool will do everything automatically because some images are just impossible. Like extracting hair detail from a complex background.
The litmus test is: when you are zoomed in at pixel level; if you can see the edge so should the program. What you will find is that mostly you can’t pick out the edge at this level and that is because our eyes and brain construct edges: we fill in the gaps and at this zoom level you see these gaps.” [visit photoshopsupport.com to read full interview]