6 of the best (tips for getting the most out of Fluid Mask)
Here’s 6 of the best tips and reminders for getting the most out of Fluid Mask.
These are all in response to questions or feedback thrown up by the Fluid Mask User Questionnaire – this is an ongoing survey; we’d love to hear your opinions to help us better tailor support and future product development to you, the user.
Responses so far has given us some useful suggestions for future features to be considered, but we’ve also had some requests for features that already exist, or for workflow features that by employing good practice with shortcuts and hotkeys, it’s already possible to achieve.
So without further ado, here are your questions answered.1. Customising Colors – Did you know you can fully customise the colours for all your masks – keep, delete and blend as well as all other display colors used within the workspace? Bring up your Workspace Settings by going to the Menu Bar -> Fluid Mask 3 -> Preferences…, then click on the Colors tab. Click each individual Color to set to your personal preference……….. 2. Saving Settings – Still within your Workspace Settings, a reminder that under the ‘General’ tab, you can choose for Fluid Mask to restore your last used setting for edge finding, blending and workspace resolution, rather than reverting to the default settings. Whilst the defaults are a good place to start when working on a new image, if you’ll be working over multiple sessions on a series of similar images, it would make sense to switch to ‘Restore from Last Session’, rather than ‘Use Defaults’……… 3. Shortcuts & Hot Keys – One of the quickest ways to speed up your workflow (in any application, not just Fluid Mask), is to learn the keyboard shortcuts. Hover over any tool in the toolbar to see the shortcut displayed. You’ll quickly pick these up and pretty soon switching between tools using shortcuts becomes a natural part of your workflow – there’s a real efficiency return for working this way…… 4. Other useful shortcuts in FluidMask – Switching to any tool (using the key command shortcut of course!) that functions only within the Workspace (which is all of them except the hand(H) and zoom(Z) tools), will take you straight back to your Workspace, but also useful to remember that the number 1 , 2 and 3 keys switch you between Source, Workspace and Cut-out respectively. Our recent update now means that ‘show object edges’ stays in it’s user defined state when switching between tabs, rather than defaulting to ‘on’. If you do want to turn it on or off, then again, learn and use the shortcut: Fn+F2……. 5. Auto-fill feature – For your first pass, decide which is easier, masking out your background or filling in your keep selection, then use the Auto-Fill with keep/delete function to quickly complete the selection process…Remember the shortcut keys! : ‘⌘/Shift K’ = Auto-Fill with keep….. ‘⌘/Shift D’ = Auto-Fill with delete….. 6. Working with the 2D Color Map – Here’s a request we had , that was echoed by several users – “Can you allow me to cut across the color pallet colors…I can choose vertical parts of the color histogram…but what about letting me paint on the pallet and not just take big vertical bars of color..” You can do this already! Bring up the Color Workspace (shortcut = ‘S’). Selected by default is the ‘show histogram mode’. Bottom left of the color workspace panel is a mini histogram that is the button to select this. Next to this is the ‘show 2d color map’ button-click between the two to switch modes. As well as fulfilling the request above, the 2d color map allows for much finer control selecting colors, either by sampling from the actual image using the pipette, or by selecting from within the color map. As is standard across many applications, you can add / subtract to your selection, in either histogram or color map mode, by holding down the shift / alt key while making a selection. Of course sometimes when you’re working on an image with less subtle graduation of color, the broader control offered by the histogram is preferable. You can also further control the sensitivity of both the histogram display and 2d color map by using the resolution slider within the color workspace panel.
We hope these insights will help you get the maximum return from Fluid Mask. As well as the Tips (⌘ T) box to learn as you go, view our online tutorials for more detailed instruction and advice on achieving results fast using Fluid Mask 3.
Happy Masking from all at Vertus!