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Fluid Mask, Photoshop and macOS High Sierra

macOS High Sierra IconMost of the changes made when upgrading to High Sierra are under the hood.

MacOS High Sierra introduces APFS (Apple File System) to Mac computers. APFS replaces Mac OS Extended (HFS+) as the default file system for solid-state drives (SSDs) and other all-flash storage devices, and this caused the plugin linking system within Fluid Mask to no longer call Photoshop successfully.

We have a fix that enables Fluid Mask to plug into Photoshop when operating macOS High Sierra. Please update your Fluid Mask with our High Sierra build which you can download here.

You can overwrite (replace) your previous build when installing. To then link to Photoshop, firstly please ensure neither Fluid Mask or Photoshop is running.

Then delete the plug-in aliases Photoshop has previously stored. In your applications folder, click on the Photoshop version(s) folder, then select the ‘Plug-ins’  sub folder. Delete any folder named ‘Vertus’ or Fluid Mask 3.plugin alias you find contained there.

You can now launch Fluid Mask as a free standing application, and go through the process of linking Fluid Mask to Photoshop again. A reminder on the process to do this:
From Fluid Mask’s menu bar, select, ‘Help’ , then ‘Enable Plug-Ins’. The version(s) of Photoshop you have installed and wish to plug into should be listed. Ensure the check box is ticked and hit ‘Enable Photoshop Plug-in’.  When prompted, enter your administrator password. If your version of Phtoshop is not listed, please navigate manually to it’s ‘Plug-ins’ folder, as per the path listed above when you previously deleted old plug-in link.

Quit Fluid Mask and launch Photoshop, Fluid Mask should now be accesible via the Filter menu again.

If you have any problems please contact our support team.

 

 

Posted on: October 22, 2017 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Fluid Mask, Photoshop, Technical Issues & Troubleshooting

Fluid Mask & Photoshop 2017

Photoshop 2017 Splash Screen

 

Adobe have just released Photoshop 2017. A full list of what’s new can be found over at the Adobe Blog. Fluid Mask has now been updated to maintain plug-in compatibility, and the previous version, 3.3.15, will also successfully plug into CC 2017, you just need to do so manually. Here’s information on how to do this:

Mac build:

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). You should also see Photoshop 2017 there, with a white tick in a blue box.

3. Please click the ‘select’ button and then navigate to Photoshop 2017’s plug-ins folder, typically found:   Macintosh HD / Applications / Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 /Plug-ins, then hit ‘choose’.

4.  Then click ‘Enable Photoshop Plug-in’.

You should now have a green tick next to the CC2017 option. 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:

It’s necessary to re-install Fluid Mask to access the plug in window that’s part of the install process. You can download Fluid Mask 3.315 again here.

1 . After accepting licensing terms and choosing install location for Fluid Mask (by default; C:\Program Files (x86)\Vertus Fluid Mask 3), you’ll come to the Plug-In host location page.  Tick the relevant box(es) for any other locations you wish to plug Fluid Mask into (if you have retianed older versions of Photoshop you also wish to plug into into), then scroll down the window of Plug-in hosts available and last option here is ‘Other (64-bit)’, see image below.  Select this and hit ‘Next > ‘

plug-in-locations

2.  Then navigate to Photoshop CC 2017’s plug-in folder, located: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017\Plug-ins\

3.  Hit ‘Next’ and continue the installation process.. You should now have successfully plugged Fluid Mask into Photoshop CC 2017

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.

 

Posted on: November 3, 2016 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Fluid Mask, Photoshop, Technical Issues & Troubleshooting

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

Windows:

– 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.

Mac:

– 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, Photoshop, Technical Issues & Troubleshooting

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, Photoshop, Technical Issues & Troubleshooting

Adobe Hacked – Time to change your password

“Adobe’s security team recently discovered sophisticated attacks on our network, involving the illegal access of customer information as well as source code for numerous Adobe products”.  Read more on the adobe blog and change your password here.

 

 

Posted on: October 4, 2013 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Announcements, Photoshop

Adobe Announces Photography Program; CC ‘lite’

Adobe Photography ProgramAdobe announced this package today at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas. Until the end of 2013, if you already own a licence for CS3 and upwards, you can subscribe to this lite version of their Creative Cloud, aimed specifically at Photographers.. we’re guessing many of whom who were unwilling to move to a subscription model, have already shelled out for a perpetual licence to CS6? Still, not a bad deal!

 

Posted on: September 4, 2013 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Digital Imaging News, Photoshop

Focus On: Jim LaSala. How Fluid Mask helps him realize his vision

Jim was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in Flemington, New Jersey. Inspired by photographers such as George Hurrell (the master of Hollywood glamour photography during the 30’s and 40’s) and Ansel Adams – “his ability to visualize how the final image will come alive, has certainly helped me in understanding how to take what he has done in the darkroom and apply it to my digital darkroom.” You can see this in Jim’s black&white work (below). As well as a Moab Master, Jim is a multi award winning fine art Photographer. His workflow setup sees him using Adobe Lightroom as a primary batch editing and file management tool and for basic correction…

“My next stop is Photoshop, where I spend the rest of my life (so addicting). It is here where I can take my fine art visions to a new level. There are some third party plugins that I have been using for quite sometime and have been an important part of my process.”

                     
“I guess now I can talk about a subject that always comes up when I am doing programs and workshops. Extraction, masking, removing the background or whatever else you want to call it. I have tried them all. They all seem to have there good points and unfortunately they also fail in other areas. Photoshop’s extraction has come a long way and although they want to be able to be the best in everything, it falls short. OnOne’s Perfect Mask is another program that I just have a hard time mastering……(Fluid Mask) is my weapon of choice. I remember being blown away while watching a demonstration on how Fluid Mask was making extractions painless. My fine art photography may call for replacing a sky or photographing a model with a specific background in mind…This is why Fluid Mask has played such an important role in my imagery. It helps me to realize my vision. The power to handle transparent objects is just incredible. I wish I could tell you that all you have to do is push a button and poof it’s gone, but Fluid Mask is the closest thing to just that.”

   

“One of the questions I’m always asked is why I always use the plugin version and not the standalone application. Well, its very simple. By using the plugin I have the power of using my history brush to make my extractions as perfect as possible. Another thing to remember is after extracting  your image and you are looking to now use a second file (for ex: a new sky), make sure that you bring the sky into your extracted image. If you move your extracted image into the new sky, you lose the ability to use the history brush…… Lastly, have a plan in mind when extracting. Although I use a powerful tool like Fluid Mask, I’m still going to plan on making my life a little easier. I will be thinking about what the final image will look like. What type of background will I be using. It is then I can determine how to photograph my subject.”

As well as Still life and fine art images, Jim has been passionately involved in documenting the people and their lives in Haiti.

     

I first became involved with documenting Haiti by accident. I was asked to donate one of my pieces of artwork for a benefit. One Heart for Haiti became involved with helping build a school in a place called Grand Vincent. ….. Well, I found out that they were making a trip there in June of 2010 which was just a few months after the earthquake disaster. The rest is history. I am making my fifth trip there this March. The country and people of Haiti have touched my heart and have given me a whole new look on what hope, love and faith is all about. It has been a tough few years trying to keep the needs of the people of Haiti in the news. I continue to have hope that through my images I can help keep the story alive.”

“Let us not forget the unique profession that we are blessed to be part of. With just a click of a shutter we have the power to make a lifelong statement.”

Wise words indeed. Thanks to Jim for taking time out to talk to us, and sharing how Fluid Mask works for him. See more of Jim’s work at jimlasala.com,

We love to hear from Fluid Mask users and share their work and masking tips. Want to be ‘focused on’?? Drop us a line on focus@vertustech.com

All images © Jim LaSala

Posted on: March 17, 2013 Discussion: 2 Comments Posted in: Fluid Mask, Further Tips, How to..., Photoshop, Reviews, Testimonials

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Posted on: March 17, 2013 Discussion: No Comments Posted in: Discounts & Promotions, Photoshop

Fluid Mask 3 Update Released

A free update is available for all Fluid Mask users, version 3.2.5. You can download this here.

This version fixes a CS6 compatibility issue that prevented 64bit PC users from installing Fluid Mask as a Photoshop CS6 plug-in, and automates the process for all users, and ensures Windows8 compatibility.

Show Object Edges. After feedback from our Fluid Mask User Questionnaire, ‘show object edges’ now remains in its user defined state when switching between source/workspace/cutout, rather than defaulting to ‘on’. You can manually switch on or off by ticking or unticking the box, or use the shortcut, Function Key F2. Please note upon initial launch, you may find this box unticked, so you need to turn it on to see your object edges (with current Edge Finding settings). The User Questionnaire is ongoing, and we welcome any feedback from our customers to better understand your needs for future product development.

Aspects of our licencing structure are also updated. Please note that upon the initial install, some customers may need to contact support@vertustech.com for a one time licence reset, or follow the automated update instructions provided by Nalpeiron, our licensing provider. If your computer is not connected to the internet, you will also need to follow the instructions for manual license activation. Go to ‘Help’ -> ‘License..’ -> ‘Advanced Options’ in the Fluid Mask toolbar, click the ‘Manual License Activation’ tab and follow the instructions there.

Should you experience any problems please contact our support department.

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